Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz, and Gossip on the Great White Way
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The first book of theater celebrity gossip, can you believe it? Here's the book that airs Broadway's dirty laundry! Inspired by the classic Hollywood Babylon (in print for more than forty years, more than 100,000 copies sold), Broadway Babylon presents a hyper-entertaining look at the Great White Way's biggest scandals, best-kept secrets, and most over-the-top feuds. Author Boze Hadleigh, the preeminent disher of celebrity dish, serves up 400 pages of tasty, never-before-told stories about such show-biz icons as Ethel Merman, Tennessee Williams, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, and many, many others. Get it while it's hot!
Jackie Kennedy and her two children made their first public appearance after JFK’s assassination and funeral by going to see Hello, Dolly! and then visiting Carol backstage. Because that’s what Carol and that show represent: a coming to life again, a rejoining of the human race.”—Hello, Dolly! producer DAVID MERRICK “She wants to be the only one in the show. She and Gower Champion, they were not nice people. You know the famous red dress? The dancers in the dressing room in the cellar had a doll
lone actress-manager consistently stood against them: Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865–1932). For twelve years the star toured under adverse conditions, sometimes acting in a tent. Yet people flocked to see her. She chose controversial plays and performed in a boldly naturalistic style. Fiske made plays by Ibsen acceptable and successful in the US, even when dealing with a volatile topic like divorce in A Doll’s House. The energetic and progressive Fiske opposed bullfighting and clubbing seals to
am beautifully housed … and given anything I want to eat and drink. My laundry is done for me and even the dry cleaner gives a 50 percent discount just because so much work is thrown their way.” As to his new role, “I simply love it. A ham at heart. And when I switch out to serve dinner every evening I feel half actor and half prop man. It’s fun. And it’s also terribly profitable.” Guests would often offer him tips. “Tipping doesn’t embarrass me at all, unless it’s lower than $50—and it never
Ever the trouper (certainly in public), she proclaimed, “Of course! I love it. I’m passionately in love with it. I must do it,” but added that if they couldn’t wait for her to recuperate, she’d understand. Logan and company decided to wait for her and meanwhile to work around her. Three weeks later, she returned for rehearsals for the opening in Philadelphia, arriving on a Sunday. Logan was miffed that, “We did not hear from her until the day was over.” Her lawyer showed up and said Miss Davis
understudy Lizabeth Scott, whose Hollywood film career was badly damaged by a 1950s “outing.” However, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s literate and witty, albeit sexist, script was based on a short story by Mary Orr titled The Wisdom of Eve, published in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1946. In 1949 Orr adapted the story into a radio play and changed Margola Cranston’s name to the more euphonius Margo Channing. In 1952, there was a one-hour radio version of the movie, with Tallulah as Margo and Mary Orr as