She was the child star of Midgie Purvis, a 1961 Broadway comedy starring Tallulah Bankhead, and also appeared in 1964's immortal work of cinema Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. Later, she became the grownup vamp, married to the rich guy who freely bought gifts for press people. (I was sent a 10-sp ... More >>
The other day I wrote about Broadway stars who don't get to recreate their roles in the movie version, and said I was thrilled that Gwen Verdon at least got to do Damn Yankees onscreen.
But if you believe '50s movie star Mitzi Gaynor, that only happened because she turned it down.
As the Bye Bye Birdie revival plays on Broadway, it's all too fitting that a sort of retro comeback for Ann-Margret--who vamped up the movie version several notches--is in the works.
I hear eight TV variety specials that Ann did in the golden age are being cut up and thrown into a one-hour d ... More >>