Friday, April 25, 2014

Lucille Ball an update

Yesterday Eddi Haskell did post a comment on: "Lucille Ball"
He wrote:
She starred in the movie Mame in 1974 with Bea Arthur. She was panned in the role since her voice is not a singing voice, but I love this rendition of "bosom Buddies" that they sang together.
Thank you, Eddi. For me as musical lover I had to mention that. I know Bea Arthur especially from The Golden Girls. And what a coincidence, yesterday it was 5 years ago Bea Arthur died.

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A stage actress both before and after her television success, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of Mame (1966).

Mame is a 1974 musical film based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name and the novel by Patrick Dennis. It was directed by Gene Saks, written by Paul Zindel, and starred Lucille Ball in her final film performance. The cast also stars Beatrice Arthur, Bruce Davison and Robert Preston.
The film focuses on the life of Mame Dennis (Ball), and her madcap life, which is disrupted when she becomes the guardian of her deceased brother's son, Patrick (Kirby Furlong). Rather than bow to convention, Mame introduces the boy to her free-wheeling lifestyle. The film follows her adventures from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's through the depression of the 1930s. She marries a wealthy Southern plantation owner (Preston), is widowed suddenly, yet through it all, with the help of her dearest friend, Vera Charles (Arthur), manages to keep things under control.

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