Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tammy Lee..."Lyric Baritone"

 Born in 1934 in Massachusetts,
Tammy Lee Grimes studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York,
and was "discovered" in a nightclub act by Noel Coward.
He cast her in Look After Lulu!,
and thus began a life-long connection.

 In 1960, she scored a major hit as 
The Unsinkable Molly Brown,
winning a Tony for her performance.

With Harve Unsinkable!
He was the only actor from the Broadway show to be cast in the film version,
and Tammy's role went first to Shirley MacClaine, then Debbie Reynolds.

 In 1956, Tammy married Christopher Plummer;
they had one daughter, Amanda Plummer, and divorced in 1960.
 Tammy at the 1961 Tonys...
with Cleavon Little, who won for his performance in Purlie, 
Lauren Bacall, 
Tammy who won forUnsinkable Molly Brown, 
and Fritz Weaver, nominated for his role in All American.

Lee Roy Reams, Lauren Bacall, and Tammy 
back stage at 42nd Street, 1980.

 Veteran of Noel Coward plays,
her own television series, voice-over work,
and myriad stage, film and tv appearances,
Tammy performs a one-woman show,
at the age of 81.

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