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Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway, but wasn’t cast in the film adaptation. Audrey Hepburn, who ended up playing Eliza, caused a scandal when it was revealed that she didn’t sing her own songs. In this video, I walk you through this whole situation and explain how it resulted in Julie’s Oscar.

Eighty years ago, Gone With The Wind took America by storm…with Vivien Leigh leading the charge. Her performance is considered one of the greatest in film history, but so much had to happen for her to get that role. In this video, I talk about the notoriously extensive process of casting Scarlett O’Hara and why Vivien Leigh’s Oscar was so well deserved.

Fun Fact: Parkway Plaza Mall in El Cajon is the nearest mall to where I live, from about an hour away in the mountains.

Marlene Dietrich Mashup

Fun Fact: Dietrich was a spy for OSS during World War Two!


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“Harriet” – Official Trailer

Check out the trailer for the new biopic about Harriet Tubman, due out in theaters on November 1st.

Bebe Neuwirth in “Chicago”

Did you know that Bebe Neuwirth is a triple threat? Too bad she’ll always be remembered best as Lilith Crane on Cheers. Here she is performing “All That Jazz” at the 1997 Tony Awards.

 

Arguably one of the world’s finest choreographer/dancer teams in stage history, performing “Who’s Got the Pain” in 1958.

“Mein Herr” by Jane Horrocks

Another number from Cabaret by Jane Horrocks:

“Cabaret” by Jane Horrocks

Until recently, I’d only known Jane Horrocks as the ditzy secretary Bubble on Absolutely Fabulous. But she is a highly talented singer, capable of perfectly mimicking everyone from Judy Garland to Ella Fitzgerald to Marlene Dietrich to Marilyn Monroe. When she starred in Cabaret, if she’d wanted to, she could’ve belted this number out as gorgeously as Liza Minnelli. But instead, she chose to embody one of the core truths about Sally: Sally’s a mediocre talent with limited prospects. She sings at a run-down club because she’s not good enough to make it anywhere else. And that mediocrity is what fuels Sally’s desperation and self-destruction.

Dueling Pianos Competition Scene

This is the best clip in the movie “Scott Joplin” (1977) by Universal Studios. It depicts a competition between “professors” (brothel pianists) to win $100 from John Stark in Sedalia, Missouri. Louis Chauvin, who is a better pianist but can’t read/write music, teams up with Joplin (played by Billy Dee Williams) and unleashes Maple Leaf Rag upon the public for the first time.

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