Friday, March 25, 2011

Mae West: Frank Baxter

MAE WEST worked with a huge cast in her history play "Catherine Was Great," which was on Broadway from 1944 — 1945, produced by Mike Todd, who died in March on 22 March 1958. Frank Baxter, then 22, took the role of Vanya.
• • Born in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania in the month of March — — on 25 March 1922 — — Frank Baxter was a stage actor who launched a career in television. In 1949 he was seen in Kraft Theatre's TV production of "Autumn Fire." The character actor went on to featured bits in "Peyton Place," "The FBI," and other popular series. His last time on the small screen seems to have been in 1980 when he played a funeral director on "B.A.D. Cats."
• • Frank Baxter died at age 87 on 17 October 2009 in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Recapping the glorious career of the much-married movie star Liz Taylor, Leonard Greene reports on this amusing personal glimpse: Before you could say, "Action," Eddie Fisher left Debbie Reynolds on the divorce dump heap and was headed to the altar with Elizabeth Taylor. Sympathy for the widowed, 26-year-old Taylor soon turned to scorn, with critics calling the temptress a harlot and a home wrecker. Taylor fired back with a line better suited for Mae West. "What do you expect me to do?" Taylor said. "Sleep alone?" ...
• • Source: Article: "Serial seductress walked the aisle eight times — — without regret" written by Leonard Greene for The New York Post; posted on 24 March 2011
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