Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Have A Minnie Day!
-Minnie Fay, "Hello, Dolly!"
I hope this finds you well. Today's blog was suggested to me by Stephen Artist after my blog of two days ago saluting Irenes and most specifically, Irene Malloy! So he suggested going from Minnie Faye, Irene Malloy's sidekick in The Merchant Of Yonkers, The Matchmaker, and Hello, Dolly! and building upon famous Minnie's from there! If there are others we've left out, please let me know!
Going back to The Merchant of Yonkers, The Broadway production, directed by Max Reinhardt, opened on December 28, 1938 at the Guild Theatre, where it ran for 39 performances.
The cast included Jane Cowl and Tom Ewell.
Minnie Faye was played by Nydia Westman.
Westman's career ranged from episodic appearances on TV sitcoms and uncredited bit roles in movies to appearances in groundbreaking films (such as Craig's Wife), which starred Rosalind Russell, and the first film version of Little Women which starred Katharine Hepburn in her first great movie success).
Song by Joseph Cawthorn, Irene Dunne, Phil Regan, Hugh Herbert and Nydia Westman.
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.
When Ruth Gordon did The Matchmaker, her Minnie Faye was Rosamund Greenwood.
When The Matchmaker transferred to film, Minnie Faye was played by Perry Wilson. She was best known for her role in the 1957 film Fear Strikes Out.
When Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway in 1964, Minnie Fay was played by my friend Sondra Lee!
SONDRA LEE - HAS SLEPT WITH EVERYBODY - IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING
She was the original Tiger Lily in Peter Pan. She was also the lead producer of Charles Busch's Shanghai Moon and was recently working on the production of a musical based on women of Appalachian.
She's had affairs with Baron Phillippe de Rothchilde, Italian film director Federico Fellini and Broadway impresario Billy Rose. She's coy about her sexual involvement with Marlon Brando saying; "let's just say he was my first love."
She didn't care for Frank Sinatra and she has some interesting stores about - a lot of bold names, which Sondra Lee has disclosed in her book I've Slept with Everybody: A Memoir.
When Hello, Dolly! closed on Broadway at the end of it's original run in 1971, Minnie Faye was being played by Georgia Engel.
When Hello, Dolly! transferred to film, Minnie Faye was played by E. J. Peaker.
When Carol did her first Broadway revival in 1978, Minnie Fay was played by Alix Korey. voice studio in North Hollywood. If you are in the area and get the opportunity to work with Alix, do!
In the 1994 Broadway Revival, Minnie Fay was played by Lori Ann Mahl.
Photo by courtesy of Teri Furr and Shirley Herz)
I LOVE ALL YOU, MINNIE FAYS...Now on to some other famous Minnies!
Sarah Colley was born in Centerville, in Hickman County, Tennessee, about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Nashville. She was the youngest of the five daughters of a prosperous lumberman in Centerville.
She graduated from Ward-Belmont College (now Belmont University), at the time Nashville's most prestigious school for young ladies, where her major was theater studies and dance was a particular interest. After graduation she taught dance for several years.
The comic strip story "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers" (published September 22 – December 26, 1930) introduced her father Marcus Mouse and her mother Margie Mouse, both farmers. The same story featured photographs of her grandparents Marshall Mouse and Matilda Mouse. Her best known relatives, however, remain her uncle Mortimer Mouse and her twin nieces, Millie and Melody Mouse, though most often a single niece, Melody, appears. In many appearances, Minnie is presented as the wife of Mickey Mouse, a close friend of Daisy Duck, Donald Duck's wife, and occasionally a friend to Clarabelle Cow. Minnie's sister, Mandie Mouse was a recurring character early on.
Minnie Driver (born Amelia Fiona J. Driver; 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, as well as for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in the television series The Riches.
Driver was born Amelia Fiona J. Driverin Finsbury Park, London, the daughter of Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), a designer and former couture model, and Ronnie Driver, a Welsh businessman and financial adviser from Swansea.Her mother was her father's mistress, and her father's wife was not aware of his other family.
Driver has Irish, Welsh, Scottish, French, and Italian ancestry.
Her sister, Kate, is a model and producer.
Driver was brought up in Barbados and educated at Bedales, an independent school near Petersfield, Hampshire, England, and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was a singer-songwriter best known for her vocal range of five-and-a-half octaves and her 1975 single "Lovin' You".
She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in the summer of 1979. They had two children - music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph.
n January 1976 Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy.
By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had metastasized and she was given about six months to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she continued recording and touring. Riperton was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis, but did not disclose that she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became spokesman for the American Cancer Society. In 1978, Riperton also received the American Cancer Society's Courage Award which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter. She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979.
Minnehaha was the legendary wife of Hiawatha. The Dakota name, Minnehaha, means "laughing waters." In Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN, parks, streets and a waterfall are named after her. Her legend may be read at the Minnesota Museum of History in St. Paul, MN.
Come awards time, many of them likely will be thinking of "The Help," whose remarkable ensemble of women offers enough great performances to practically fill the actress categories at the Oscars.
What about Minnie Marx? She was the mother of The Marx Bros. A play called "Minnie's Boys" was about her starring Shelley Winters.
What about Minnie Marx? She was the mother of The Marx Bros. A play called "Minnie's Boys" was about her starring Shelley Winters. My friend, Diane J. Findlay stars as Minnie Marx, mother of Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo and brings down the house with her eleven o'clock number, "They Give Me Love,"in this live performance from "Minnie's Boys: The Marx Brothers Musical In Concert."
It was midnight in Miss Pickswinger's Select Seminary for Young Ladies (country location, hot and cold water, wrestling, bull-baiting and other outdoor sports; washing, ironing, and Bulgarian extra). A group of girls had gathered in a cozy room. There was going to be a midnight feast. Oh, goody! There was but little light, for, fearing to turn on the acetylene, they had built a bonfire on the table, and one girl was appointed to feed the faint flames with false hair and legs which she wrenched quietly from the chairs and tables. A saddle of venison for their little supper was turning over and over on a spit in the cooking stove in the corner, and the potatoes were boiling noiselessly in the steam radiator. Perched like a little queen on the armchair sat Louise Sangfroid the hostess, on the mantle-piece lay Mary Murgatroid in red and white striped pajamas while balancing on the molding sat Minnie McCloskey in a nightshirt of yaeger flannel. Other girls sat around the room, two on a trunk which they had ingeniously improvised as a chair, one on an empty case of beer and three on a heap of broken glass and tin cans in the corner.
Little Minnie McCloskey
A story for girls
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
And what's lounge music without a mini-bar?
Here's to an INCREDIBLE day for ALL...with MINI challenges!
Now, GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TODAY!
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