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Encyclopedia > Alice Faye
Alice Faye, from her official Website, http://www.alicefaye.com/
Alice Faye, from her official Website, http://www.alicefaye.com/

Alice Faye (b. Alice Jeane Leppert, May 5, 1915, New York City; d. May 9, 1998, Rancho Mirage, California) was a U.S. actress and singer, remembered first for her stardom and then feud at 20th Century Fox and, later, as the radio comedy partner of her second husband, bandleader-comedian Phil Harris. Image File history File links Actress Alice Faye from www. ... Image File history File links Actress Alice Faye from www. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Empire State Building (right) and the Chrysler Building (left) are easily recognized symbols of New York City to the world. ... May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (130th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Rancho Mirage is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Comedy is the use of humor in the form of theater, where it simply referred to a play with a happy ending, in contrast to a tragedy. ... Phil Harris (b. ...

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Policeman's Daughter to Vaudeville

The daughter of a New York police officer of German descent and his Irish-American wife, Charley and Alice Leppert, Faye's entertainment career began in vaudeville as a chorus girl, before she moved to Broadway and George White's Scandals in the late 1920s. By this time, she had adopted her stage name and first reached a radio audience on Rudy Vallee's hit, The Fleischmann Hour (1932-1934), where she may have met her future husband and comedy partner Harris for the first time. Irish population density in the United States, 1872. ... Vaudeville is a style of multi-act theatre which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... George Whites Scandals were a long-running string of Broadway revues that ran from 1911-1939, modelled after the Ziegfeld Follies. ... Sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or primarily in North America and in Australia as the Roaring Twenties . In Europe it is sometimes refered to as the Golden Twenties. ... Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) is a leap year starting on Friday. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In Film: From Showgirl to Soft Girl

Meanwhile, she got her first major film break in 1934, when Lillian Harvey abandoned the lead role in a film version of George White's Scandals, in which Vallee was also to appear. Hired first to perform a musical number with Vallee, Faye ended up as the female lead. And she became a hit with film audiences of the 1930s, particularly when Fox mastermind producer Darryl F. Zanuck made her his protege. He softened Faye from a wisecracking show girl to the youthful but somewhat motherly figure she played in a few of Shirley Temple's hit films. Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902–December 22, 1979) was a producer, writer, actor and director who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as its longest survivor. ... Shirley Temple in Glad Rags to Riches Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928), later known as Shirley Temple Black, is an American diplomat and former film child actress, the most famous child actress of the 1930s. ...


Faye also received a physical makeover, from a singing version of Jean Harlow to a softer tone to her blonde hair and more mature facial makeup. The transition was practically a plot point of 1938's Alexander's Ragtime Band, in which Faye's ascent (she plays a singer who moves from barrooms to fame) is dramatized by her increasingly elegant grooming. Harlow early in her career Jean Harlow (born March 3, 1911 - died June 7, 1937) was an American film actress who became known as the original blonde bombshell, predating Marilyn Monroe as a blonde sex symbol. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Alexanders Ragtime Band is the name of a song by Irving Berlin. ...


From Soft Girl to Musicals Girl

Cast in musicals most of all, Faye introduced many popular songs to the hit parade. Considered less than serious as an actress and more than serious as a singer, Faye nailed what many critics consider her best acting performance in 1937's In Old Chicago. She more than held her own---in spite of a mild speech impediment softening her "r"s---with co-stars such as Vallee, Al Jolson, Charlotte Greenwood, and Edward Everett Horton, as well as leading men such as Don Ameche, Tyrone Power, and John Payne. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... In Old Chicago is a 1937 dramatic film. ... Al Jolson Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, Lithuania on May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer and the son of Jewish immigrants. ... Edward Everett Horton (March 18, 1886 - September 29, 1970) was an American actor with a long career including motion pictures, theater, radio, television and voice work for animated cartoons. ... Don Ameche (May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American actor. ... Tyrone Power Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. ... There have been several well-known people named John Payne, including: John Payne (actor) John Payne (poet). ...


Color film flattered Faye enormously, and she shone in the splashy musical features that were a Fox trademark in the 1940s. She frequently played a performer, often one moving up in society, allowing for situations that ranged from the poignant to the comic. Weekend in Havana and That Night in Rio (atypically, in a dual role allowed her to play a Brazilian aristocrat) made good use of Faye's husky singing voice, flair for carrying off the era's exaggerated fashions, and solid comic and romantic timing. 1943's The Gang's All Here is perhaps the epitome of these films, with lavish production values and a range of supporting players (including the memorable Carmen Miranda in the indescribable "Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" number) that camouflage the film's trivial plot and leisurely pacing. 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... The Gangs All Here is a 1943 musical film produced and released by Twentieth Century Fox. ... Carmen Miranda, circa 1940 Carmen Miranda (b. ...


Feuding with the Fox

Faye's career continued until 1944 when she was cast in Fallen Angel---whose title became only too telling, as circumstances turned out. Designed ostensibly as Faye's vehicle, the film all but became her celluloid epitaph when Zanuck---trying to build his new protege, Linda Darnell---ordered many Faye scenes cut and Darnell bumped up. When Faye saw a screening of the final product, she drove away from the Fox studio refusing to return, feeling she had been undercut deliberately by Zanuck. 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Darnell and Andrews in Fallen Angel Fallen Angel is a 1945 black-and-white film noir-style movie directed by Otto Preminger. ... Linda Darnell Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (born October 16, 1923; died April 10, 1965), was a American film actress. ...


Zanuck hit back, it is said, by having Faye blackballed for breach of contract, effectively ending her film career. Released in 1945, Fallen Angel was Faye's final film as a major Hollywood star. 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Darnell and Andrews in Fallen Angel Fallen Angel is a 1945 black-and-white film noir-style movie directed by Otto Preminger. ... ...


Gossip magazines of the time speculated that Faye was fired over a reputed rivalry with Betty Grable, a claim that both women---who remained friends until Grable's death---disputed hotly enough. But seventeen years after the Fallen Angel debacle, Faye went before the cameras again, in 1962's State Fair. The film was not a great success and Faye made infrequent cameo appearances thereafter. Betty Grable Ruth Elizabeth Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 3, 1973) was an American actress, singer, and pin-up girl whose famous bathing-suit poster was an icon of the World War II era. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the movies and stage musical. ...


Love, Marriage, and Radio Stardom

Faye's first marriage, to Tony Martin in 1937, ended in divorce in 1940. A year later, however, she married Phil Harris---and struck platinum in both her personal and her professional life. Tony Martin (born December 25, 1912) is an American actor and traditional pop singer. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The couple had two daughters, Alice (b. 1942) and Phyllis (b. 1944), and began working in radio together as Faye's film career collapsed. First, they teamed to host a variety show on NBC, The Fitch Bandwagon, in 1946. Originally conceived as a music showcase as well as a haven for Harris and Faye's tart comic style, the show came to center more on the couple and, by 1048, Fitch bowed away as sponsor in favour of Rexall, the pharmaceutical giant, and the show was revamped entirely into a situation comedy, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. This article is about the year. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Events The city of Oslo is founded by Harald Hardråde of Norway. ... Rexall was the name of a chain of North American drug stores, as well as the name of their store-branded products. ... The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view. ... The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show is an old-time radio situation comedy which ran from 1948 to 1954 on the NBC radio network. ...


In that form---bandleader Harris and singer-actress Faye playing themselves, raising two precocious children in and out of slightly zany situations, mostly involving Harris's bandmate Frank Remley (Elliott Lewis), obnoxious delivery boy Julius Abruzzio (Walter Tetley), and sponsor's representative Mr. Scott (Gale Gordon), and usually involving bumbling, malapropping Harris needing rescue from acidly loving Faye---the show was an NBC radio fixture until [1954]]. Faye singing ballads and swing numbers in her honey contralto voice was a regular highlight of the show, as was a knack for tart one-liners equal to her husband's. The show's running gags also included occasional barbs by Faye aimed at her rift with Zanuck, usually referencing Fallen Angel in one or another way. Gale Gordon at his home in Borrego Springs, California (he was honourary mayor of the town) Gale Gordon (b. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


After Radio

Faye and Harris continued various projects, individually and together, for the rest of their lives. Faye in later years became a spokeswoman for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, promoting the virtues of an active senior lifestyle. The Faye-Harris marriage endured until Harris's death in 1995; before that, the couple donated a large volume of their entertainment memorabilia to Harris's hometown Linton, Indiana. Pfizer, Incorporated (NYSE: PFE), is a global pharmaceutical company, with headquarters in New York City. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Three years after her husband's death, Alice Faye died from stomach cancer at the age of 83. She was buried by her husband at the Palm Springs Mortuary & Mausoleum in Palm Springs, California. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of her contribution to Motion Pictures at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard. The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show remains a favourite of old-time radio collectors. In medicine, stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) can develop in any part of the stomach and may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs. ... Palm Springs Mortuary & Mausoleum is in Palm Springs, California. ... View of Canyon Country Club, Palm Springs, from the air Palm Springs is a city located in Riverside County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 42,807. ... An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ...


Filmography

George Whites Scandals were a long-running string of Broadway revues that ran from 1911-1939, modelled after the Ziegfeld Follies. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... In Old Chicago is a 1937 dramatic film. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Alexanders Ragtime Band is the name of a song by Irving Berlin. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lillian Russell (Helen Louise Leonard) (December 4, 1861 - June 6, 1922) was an American actress and singer. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Hello, Frisco, Hello, a 1943 film starring Alice Faye and John Payne, is the story of vaudeville performers in San Francisco. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... The Gangs All Here was the second album release by Irish-American punk band, the Dropkick Murphys. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Fallen Angel is a 1945 black-and-white film noir-style movie directed by Otto Preminger. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the movies and stage musical. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... A Century of Cinema is a 1994 documentary directed by Caroline Thomas about the art of filmmaking (coinciding with cinemas 100th anniversary), containing numerous interviews with some of the most influential characters of the twentieth century. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Denny Jackson's Alice Faye Page (346 words)
Alice Faye was born Alice Jeanne Leppert in NYC on May 5, 1915.
Alice's first role was in the film SCANDALS in 1934 where she played Mona Vale.
Alice had always said that her family always came before her professional life.
Alice Faye: Biography (510 words)
Alice Jeanne Leppert was born on May 5, 1915, in Hell's Kitchen, New York and was the third child of her Irish Mother and German Father.
Faye was happily married to Phil Harris until his death in 1995 (Faye had been married to Tony Martin for four years, before she married Phil Harris).
Faye was and still is one of the brightest musical stars to come out of Hollywood and even Irving Berlin felt that if he really wanted a song to take off, he would have Alice Faye plug it for him.
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