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Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern was an American actress who worked on stage, radio and television, in a career that spanned nearly six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles. In 1939, MGM cast her as a brash yet lovable Brooklyn showgirl; the character, based on the Maisie short stories by Nell Martin, proved to be popular and spawned a successful film series and a network radio series. In 1953, Sothern moved into television as the star of her own sitcom Private Secretary; the series earned Sothern three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1958, she starred in another sitcom for The Ann Sothern Show, which aired for three seasons. From 1965 to 1966, Sothern provided the voice of Gladys Crabtree, the title character in the sitcom My Mother the Car, she continued her career throughout the late 1960s with stage and film appearances and guest-starring roles on television. Due to health issues, she worked sporadically during the 1980s.

In 1987, Sothern appeared in her final film The Whales of August, starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. Sothern earned her only Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. After filming concluded, she retired to Ketchum, where she spent her remaining years before her death from heart failure in March 2001. Lucille Ball, whom she appeared alongside on Ball's program The Lucy Show on multiple occasions, called Sothern "the best comedian in the business, bar none." Born in Valley City, North Dakota, Harriette Arlene Lake was the oldest of three daughters born to Walter J. Lake and Annette Yde, she had two younger sisters and Bonnie. Her maternal grandfather was Danish violinist Hans Nielsen. Annette Yde was a concert singer, while Sothern's father worked in exporting. Harriette and her sisters were raised in Minnesota, her parents separated. At the age of five, she began taking piano lessons, she studied at McPhail School of Music, where her mother taught piano. She began accompanying her mother on her concert tours when her school schedule permitted.

By age 11, she was singing solos in her church choir. At age 14, she began voice lessons and continued to study piano and music composition; as a teen at Minneapolis Central High School, she appeared in numerous stage productions and directed several shows. During her high school years, she entered the annual state-sponsored contests for student musical composers and won three years in a row. In 1926, she graduated from high school, her mother moved to Los Angeles. Sothern moved with her father to Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington, dropping out after one year. While visiting her mother in California, she won, she signed a six-month contract. She appeared in bit parts and walk-on roles, but soon grew frustrated with only appearing in small roles, she met Florenz Ziegfeld at a party. Ziegfeld offered her a role in one of his productions; when MGM decided not to pick up her option, she moved to New York City to take Ziegfeld up on his offer. On Broadway in 1931, she had leading roles in Everybody's Welcome.

In 1934, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Harry Cohn changed her name to Ann Sothern. "Ann" was chosen in honor of her mother and "Sothern" was chosen for Shakespearean actor E. H. Sothern. While at Columbia, she appeared in B-movies roles. After two years, the studio released her from her contract. In 1936, she was signed by RKO Radio Pictures and, after a string of films that failed to attract a large enough audience, she left RKO, she signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shortly after leaving RKO. After signing with MGM, Sothern was cast as brassy Brooklyn burlesque dancer Mary Anastasia O'Connor, known professionally as Maisie Ravier, in Maisie. MGM acquired the Maisie property for Jean Harlow, but Harlow died in June 1937, before a final script was completed. After years of struggling and appearing in supporting parts, Ann Sothern found major success with Maisie; the film was profitable for MGM. From 1939 to 1947, she appeared in 10 Maisie films. A review of Swing Shift Maisie by Time magazine praised Sothern and described her as "one of the smartest comediennes in the business".

The popularity of the film series led to her own radio program, The Adventures of Maisie, broadcast on CBS from 1945 to 1947, on Mutual Broadcasting System in 1952, in syndication from 1949 to 1953. Due to her popularity from the Maisie films, MGM head Louis B. Mayer paid $80,000 to purchase film rights to the Broadway production of DuBarry Was a Lady for Miss Sothern; when Sothern rejected the revised script, MGM decided to cast Lucille Ball. Shortly after completing filming of Maisie Gets Her Man in 1942, Sothern was cast in title role in the film version of Panama Hattie, opposite Red Skelton. Panama Hattie had been a hit on Broadway with Ethel Merman in the title role, but was plagued with production problems

The Pleasure Seekers (album)

The Pleasure Seekers is the third album recorded by American band The System, released in the United States under the Mirage-Atlantic label. The album was produced by namely David Frank and Mic Murphy. Commercially successful singles from this album include "The Pleasure Seekers" and "This Is for You"; the album entered the Billboard R&B Albums chart in 1985. Guest vocals on "The Pleasure Seekers" song include Audrey Wheeler of Unlimited Touch. All songs written by Murphy. Engineer: Tom Lord-Alge Mixing: Tom Lord-Alge Art direction: Bob Defrin Mastering: Dennis King Photography: Roy Volkmann Assistant technician: Acar Key Electric guitar: Paul Pesco Percussion: Jimmy Maelen Producer, keyboards: David Frank Producer, vocals: Mic Murphy Arrangement: Mic Murphy, David Frank Songwriters: Mic Murphy, David Frank

Patience (Dreamgirls song)

"Patience" is a song written by Henry Krieger and Willie Reale for the 2006 film Dreamgirls. The movie is an adaption of the musical of the same name, which made its debut on Broadway in December 1981; the R&B track has been incorporated to more recent revivals of the stage drama, with "Patience" being one of several elements crossing from the adaption to its parent production. Within the context of the film, the social protest song is spearheaded by star performer James "Thunder" Early only for its release to get killed by the hustling record business figure Curtis Taylor, Jr.. Movie critic Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor remarked that the emotional scene displayed "Murphy at his best." Similar praise came from David Rooney of Variety. Although nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 79th Academy Awards, "Patience" lost the Oscar to "I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Etheridge, which the songwriter created for An Inconvenient Truth. "Patience" didn't exist during the creation of the original Dreamgirls musical, a stage drama which made its debut on Broadway in December 1981.

Songwriters Henry Krieger and Willie Reale devised "Patience" for the musical's 2006 movie adaption, which featured the title Dreamgirls. The r&b track has been incorporated to more recent revivals of the stage drama, with "Patience" being one of several elements crossing from the adaption to its parent production; the socially-charged lyrics and impassioned singing behind the song make it an inspirational piece of protest music meant to evoke the 70s-era musical work of artists such as Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder. "Patience" is performed both in the film and on its related soundtrack by the trio of Eddie Murphy, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson. It was produced by The Underdogs. In the context of the film, "Patience" is a politically-charged piece written by talented singer-songwriter C. C. White and recorded by star performer James "Thunder" Early coupled with vocalist Lorrell Robinson and a gospel choir. In a scene set in 1973, the song comes into being after Early seeks to develop his public image while being under the thumb of manipulative, shady record business figure Curtis Taylor, Jr..

Much to the chagrin of his employees, Foxx's character axes the song's release. This feeds into the flashes of anxiety and depression suffered by Murphy's character, which he self-medicates through illicit drug use. "Patience" was one of three Dreamgirls songs nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 79th Academy Awards. The others were "Love You I Do" and "Listen". All three Dreamgirls songs lost the Oscar to "I Need to Wake Up" by Melissa Etheridge, which the songwriter created for An Inconvenient Truth. At the 2007 Academy Awards ceremony, "Patience" was performed by Rose and Robinson along with a gospel choir and their co-stars Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson. Film critics who viewed the song's creation and use in Dreamgirls as a highlight of the movie include Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor and David Rooney of Variety. Rainer commented that the emotional scene displayed "Murphy at his best." Social protest music "A Change Is Gonna Come" "Heaven Help Us All" "Someday We'll All Be Free" "What's Going On"