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When Betty Got Frank

Nobody came on to the movie camera — wrapped it in a bear hug and wrestled it to submission — like Betty Hutton. They called this 40s singer-actress "the...

CINEMA: MAKERS OF MELODY

In The Jazz Singer, after Al Jolson says, "You ain't heard nothin' yet," he doesn't burst into speech. He sings Toot Toot Tootsie. In the dawn of sound, talking...

Bette Comes Up Roses

Broadway's 1959-60 season, though not a high-water mark in the vanished heyday of the book musical, brought The Sound of Music, Fiorello!, Carol Burnett in Once...

She Had Rhythm and Was the Top

Ethel Merman: 1908-1984 From start to finish, her life was Broadway legend. She believed in herself so fiercely that as an unknown she pushed her way into a...

Radio: Female of the Species

Except for Fanny Brice, as Baby Snooks, no woman comic has ever seriously challenged radio's top funnymen. Most radio comediennes (Mary Livingstone, Portland...

Show Business: Scream Girls and Gypsies

Forbidden Broadway fills the house by poking fun at the hits If Jennifer Holliday has left the New York cast of Dreamgirls, then who is that large woman...

Milestones: May 2, 1983

BORN. To Marie Osmond, 23, wholesome, toothy singer, and Stephan L. Craig, 26, her husband often months, a business student at Brigham Young University: their...

Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 23, 1953

The Blue Gardenia (Warner) cooks up a better-than-average whodunit out of some rather commonplace movie ingredients: a dead artist (Raymond Burr), a beautiful...

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