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Little Me was the parody "confessional" self-indulgent autobiography of "Belle Poitrine" (French for "Pretty Bosom," aka "Gorgeous Tits"), subtitled The Intimate Memoirs of the Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television, by Patrick Dennis, who had achieved a great success with Auntie Mame. A bestseller when introduced in book form, the work was also later staged on Broadway as a musical. Patrick Dennis (May 18, 1921 – November 6, 1976) was an American author. ... Broadway poster Auntie Mame is a 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis that chronicles his madcap adventures growing up as the ward of his deceased fathers eccentric sister. ...


The heavily illustrated work featured numerous photographs by Cris Alexander, who combined retouched stock photographs with original photographs taken to create Belle Poitrine's life. Published in 1961, it was considered pretty risqué at the time. (Several of Alexander's photographs were rejected by censors.) The book also featured family and friends of Dennis and Alexander, including Dennis' wife, Louise, as "Pixie Portnoy", and ballet dancer Shaun O'Brien (Alexander's life partner) as Mr. Musgrove. Actress Dodie Goodman and comedienne Alice Pearce were prominently featured. Actress Jeri Archer portrayed the often overexposed, self-centered and clueless Poitrine, and Kurt Bieber was her beefcake co-star and paramour, "Letch Feely". Little Me was reissued in 2002 with a new preface by Charles Busch and foreword by Alexander. Cris Alexander (born c. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Dody Goodman (born October 28, 1915, in Columbus, Ohio) is a television actress. ... Pearce as Gladys Kravitz in Bewitched with George Tobias as her husband Abner, (1964). ... Charles Busch is an actor and writer who has appeared in many off-Broadway productions. ...


The plot of Little Me tells the rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches, etc. story of Maybelle Schlumfert, an overdeveloped and self-deluded girl who rises to become Belle Poitrine. (An example of her delusion: Belle is born in 1900 and the book process with a chapter for each decade- but chapter six is titled "Frankly Forty") Throughout the book, Poitrine's character trumpets her successes (which are few) while glossing over her failures (which are many). The book was a stinging parody of the cult of celebrity and self-importance stemming from the numerous "personality overcoming obstacles" biographies of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ...


Little Me, the musical

"Little Me" was made into a musical, with book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, which opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 17, 1962 and ran for 257 performances. The London production opened at the Cambridge Theatre on November 18, 1964 and ran for 334 performances. The original Broadway production was made memorable by Sid Caesar in multiple roles with multiple stage accents, playing all of Belle's husbands, each of whom comes to a propitiously untimely end. Virginia Martin as Belle, won a Tony Award for "Best Supporting Actress." The best known song in the score is "Real Live Girl" which is often performed by barbershop quartets. In his memoir, Rewrites, Simon mentioned that aside from tailoring the book to the talents of Sid Caesar, the second attraction of the project was a chance to work with choreographer Bob Fosse. Neil Simon (1966) Neil Simon (born Marvin Simon July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish American playwright and screenwriter. ... Cy Coleman (June 14, 1929 - November 18, 2004) was an American composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Carolyn Leigh (born August 21, 1926 New York City, USA died November 19, 1983 New York City) was an American lyricist and composer for Broadway and movies. ... The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is a Broadway theatre, located at 205 West 46th Street. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... // West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland . Along with New Yorks Broadway Theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of theatre in the... Jerry Springer – The Opera at the Cambridge Theatre The Cambridge Theatre in London is a modern theatre, facing Seven Dials, built using steel and concrete and is notable for its elegant and clean lines of design. ... November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Sid Caesar (born Isaac Sidney Caesar on September 8, 1922) is an Emmy-winning comic actor and writer, best known as the leading man on the 1950s television sketch comedy series Your Show of Shows. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image. ...


The 1982 revival at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre starred James Coco and ran for 36 performances. Victor Garber, Mary Gordon Murray, and Peter Gennaro were all nominated for Tony Awards. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Coco (March 21, 1930–February 25, 1987) was an American character actor. ... Victor Joseph Garber (born on March 16, 1949 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a six-time Emmy award nominated Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. ... Peter Gennaro (1919-2000) was a Tony Award-winning American dancer and choreographer. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ...


Little Me was revived on Broadway in 1998 as a vehicle for Martin Short, who won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian/American actor, writer, and producer. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


Little Me was revived on the West End in 1984-1985 at the Prince of Wales Theatre starring Russ Abbot with Sheila White. It is scheduled to reappear on the West End in the summer of 2007. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sheila White (born October 18, 1950) is an actress. ...


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  • Curtain-Up Review of the revival with Martin Short
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