Sunday, November 13, 2016

Best Girls, Certain Girls, Girls Who Climb On Rocks

 Frankie Michaels became the youngest actor
to win a Tony Award (back in 1966...he was 10 years old)
for his role as Patrick Dennis in Mame.
At the top, dancing with Angela,
and directly above with Jerry Herman, Angela and 
Jerry Lanning on the far right, who played Patrick all grown up.

 Frankie sang "My Best Girl" at a tribute to Angela 
in 2010, at the Pierre Hotel,
and also sang a lounge act at Turning Stone Casino, 
in Verona, NY, back in 2013.
He passed away in last March, at the age of 61 (gulp!).

 Sydney Chaplin (above with Judy Holliday and CAKE!)
celebrating the opening of Bells Are Ringing.
Syd won a Tony for his role in that 
Jule Styne/Betty Comden/Adolph Green show.

 I wonder how growing up as the son of Charlie Chaplin was!
The above photo might give us a clue:
Celebrating Charlie's 77th birthday is
Charlie (with the knife), Sophia Lauren, Tippi Hedren, and Syd.
This might have been around the time they were filming
A Countess From Hong Kong.
Charlie wrote and directed it, Sophia, Tippi, Syd and Marlon Brando starred.

 Above, commemorating a stamp to his dad...
Syd was named after his uncle,
who was also an actor,
who became Charlie's business manager,
who Syd's mother hated,
so she never called Syd SYD! 
She called him Tommy. 
Go figure.

 What a trio!
Michael Rupert (Broadway Debut), Robert Goulet, and David Wayne...
3 generations of French Canadians
in Kander and Ebb's The Happy Time. 
Below, David and Robert recording the cast album.
If David Merrick had his way,
the score was to be written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields,
and would have starred Yves Montand.
 Above David Wayne's slightly younger self,
trying to make time with "Amanda"
in the Hepburn/Tracey flick, Adam's Rib.
And below, with Marilyn...
How To Marry A Millionaire.
("You look better with 'em on!")

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