MARILYN MAYE IS THE SINGER'S SINGER OF CABARET. IT'S ALMOST LIKE SHE'S A LEADER OF A CLUB, AND WHEN SHE PERFORMS IN LA OR NEW YORK, IT'S LIKE A BROADWAY REUNION. SHE'S 85 YEARS OLD, DOES HIGH KICKS, AND HER VOICE IS AS SMOOTH AND RICH AS SILK.
She was at the Catalina this past weekend, and it was two nights of partying NY-style.
|Debbie, Charlotte Rae and John Holly|
|Ret Turner and Bob Mackie!!!!!|
|Marilyn Maye and you-know-who|
Nancy Dussault and Karen Morrow, two of the best Broadway belters ever!
Now check out this photo:Left is Donald Light, the real man Debbie can't live without. On the right, is Debbie's oldest friend, Leon Tyler. Debbie and Leon met in grade school when they were seven years old. Leon and Debbie were dance partners in school and they have been tapping through each others lives for over 75 years! Leon was in "The Little Rascals," several Disney movies, tons of Jack Benny Shows, Burns and Allen, Father Knows Best--so many movie and TV shows you would faint. He deserves a book all to himself. Here are just a few stories:
Marilyn Monroe--I was doing Monkey Business with her and Cary Grant. Instead of being dressed properly, one day she showed up wearing jeans and a cut off sweatshirt with her belly button showing. Remember, this was in the early 50s. She got in trouble for doing that.
Without the camera on her she had slumping posture. I was standing with Cary one day and he said, "Watch what happens with Marilyn."
Just before the director called action, she began rotating her shoulders back and forward. With each rotation back, she got taller and taller. We literally watched her transform into Marilyn Monroe right before out eyes. Cary leaned over and said to me, 'I never get tired of watching that.'
James Dean--When I first met him he was so in love with Ursula Andress he couldn't see straight. I was doing a TV show with him and Natalie Wood. I actually called Nick Ray and told him to watch the show, and from there he cast Jimmy and Natalie in 'Rebel' in an instant. Jimmy also ran around a lot with Eartha Kitt, and he would do really crazy things. One night I was at a party at Joan Davis' house (famous comedienne then), and Jimmy put an apple on his head and let some guy shoot it off with a bow and arrow. He came from a very difficult background, and when he first came to Hollywood he had to 'work the streets' if you know what I mean.
AND CONGRATULATIONS TO JESSICA WALTER ON HER FIRST GRANDCHILD. Her daughter, Brooke Bowman, very successful v-p of development for ABC Family, and her husband, actor David Heymann, welcomed Micah Walter Heymann into the world. He's adorable.