James Arness was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 years in the television series Gunsmoke. In Europe, Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the western series How the West Was Won and he was the older brother of actor Peter Graves. James Arness was born James King Aurness in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 26,1923 and his parents were Rolf Cirkler Aurness and Ruth Duesler. His father’s ancestry was Norwegian, his mothers was German, the family name had been Aursnes, but when Rolfs father, Peter Aursnes, emigrated from Norway in 1887, he changed it to Aurness. Arness and his family were Methodists, Arness younger brother was actor Peter Graves. Peter used the stage name Graves, a family name. Arness attended John Burroughs Grade School, Washburn High School, during this time, Arness worked as a courier for a jewelry wholesaler and unloading railway boxcars at the Burlington freight yards in Minneapolis, and logging in Pierce, Idaho. Despite being a student and skipping many classes, he graduated from high school in June 1942.
Arness wanted to be a fighter pilot, but he felt his poor eyesight would bar him. His height of 6 feet 7 inches ended his hopes, since 6 feet 2 inches was the limit for aviators, instead, he was called up for the Army and reported to Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in March 1943. Arness served as a rifleman with the U. S. 3rd Infantry Division, because of his height, he was the first ordered off his landing craft to determine the depth of the water, it came up to his waist. Arness was sent to the U. S Army 91st General Hospital at Clinton, Iowa and he had undergone surgery several times and was honorably discharged on January 29,1945. His wounds continued to him, and in years, he suffered from chronic leg pain. After his discharge, Arness entered Beloit College in Wisconsin and he began his entertainment career as a radio announcer at Minneapolis station WLOL in 1945. Arness came to Hollywood by hitchhiking and soon began acting and appearing in films and he began with RKO, who immediately changed his name from Aurness.
His film debut was as Loretta Youngs brother, Peter Holstrom and he was credited in The Farmers Daughter as Arness. Though identified with Westerns, Arness appeared in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them. He was a friend of John Wayne and co-starred with him in Big Jim McLain, Island in the Sky, and The Sea Chase
Ross Alexander was an American stage and film actor. Alexander was born Alexander Ross Smith in Brooklyn, New York, Alexander began his acting career in Broadway productions during the 1920s. By 1926, he was regarded as a leading man with good looks. He was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures, but his film debut in The Wiser Sex was not a success. In 1934, he was signed to another contract, this time by Warner Bros. His biggest successes of the period were A Midsummer Nights Dream and he married actress Aleta Freel in 1934. The marriage ended the year when Freel committed suicide on December 7,1935. Alexander soon after married another actress, Anne Nagel, with whom he had appeared in the films China Clipper, in 1936 he starred in Hot Money. It was a role in his persona as a glamorous, wore-clothes-well leading man. Warner Bros. had decided by time that Alexanders potential as an actor was limited. Although they continued casting him in films, the importance of his roles was greatly diminished, with his professional and personal lives in disarray and deeply in debt, Alexander shot himself in the head in the barn behind his home.
It has been reported that Alexander used the gun his wife Aleta Freel shot herself with 13 months earlier. Other sources, claim that, while both used.22 caliber bullets, Ross used a pistol, while Aleta used a rifle and his final film, Ready and Able, was released posthumously. Appleton, Wisconsin Post Crescent, Anne Nagels Death Revives Old Mystery, August 29,1966, Ross Alexander at AllMovie Ross Alexander at Find a Grave Ross Alexander at the Internet Broadway Database Ross Alexander at the Internet Movie Database
Harry Neal Baum
Harry Neal Baum was an American author and the third son of L. Frank Baum. His father dedicated his 1902 novel The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus to him, who received a Ph. D. in medieval history, wrote a number of history books for children. He worked in several advertising companies and ghostwrote the 1917 novel Mary Louise Solves a Mystery to satisfy his ill fathers publishing obligations, raised in Chicago, Baum was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on December 18,1889, to Maud Gage and L. Frank Baum. His brothers were Frank Joslyn, Robert Stanton, and Kenneth Gage. Baum received a Ph. D. in medieval history and he coauthored with Olive Beaupre Miller the Book of History, a 1929 four-volume work published by The Bookhouse for Children. He served as a president of Burson-Marsteller. He worked as a manager at Fairbanks-Morse before being employed at Gebhardt & Brockson. L. Frank Baum dedicated his 1902 novel The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus to Harry, because of L. Frank Baums deteriorating health in 1917, he was unable to fulfill his obligations to his publishers.
Therefore, Harry ghostwrote the 1917 novel Mary Louise Solves a Mystery, in 1944, Harry starred as President Woodrow Wilson in the play The Time to Come produced by the Little Theater of Western Springs. He stated that he considered acting to be only a hobby and he had seen the opening production of The Wizard of Oz, which had been written by his father. Baum served as the host of a number of meetings held by The International Wizard of Oz Club. At the 1964 convention, he awarded a plaque, the annual clubs annual Oz award. Baum married Mary Niles in 1910, in 1942, he married Brenda Holter, a pianist and composer who served as the president of Chicagos Musicians Club of Women. Baum retired to Bass Lake, Indiana, at which he managed the Wizard of Oz lodge, upon his death, on June 7,1967, he was survived by his wife, Brenda. He was survived by sons Richard and Henry and daughters Ann and Judith, notes Bibliography Harry Neal Baum at The International Wizard of Oz Club
Wallace Fitzgerald Beery was an American film actor. Beery appeared in some 250 movies during a 36-year career and his contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer stipulated in 1932 that he would be paid $1 more than any other contract player at the studio, making him the highest paid actor in the world. He was the brother of actor Noah Beery Sr. and uncle of actor Noah Beery Jr. Beery was born in Clay County, the youngest of three sons born to Noah Webster Beery and Frances Margaret Fitzgerald, he and his brothers William C. Beery and Noah Beery became Hollywood actors, the Beery family left the farm in the 1890s and moved to nearby Kansas City, where the father was a police officer. Wallace Beery attended the Chase School in Kansas City and took lessons as well. He ran away from home twice, the first time returning after a time, quitting school. Beery ran away from home a second time at age 16 and he left two years later, after being clawed by a leopard. Wallace Beery joined his brother Noah in New York City in 1904, finding work in opera as a baritone.
His most notable role came in 1907 when he starred in The Yankee Tourist to good reviews. In 1913, he moved to Chicago to work for Essanay Studios, cast as Sweedie, later, he worked for the Essanay Studios location in Niles, California. In 1915, Beery starred with Gloria Swanson, whom he married the following year, Beery began playing villains, and in 1917 portrayed Pancho Villa in Patria at a time when Villa was still active in Mexico. Beery reprised the role seventeen years in Viva Villa, the same year, he made Min and Bill, the movie that vaulted him into the box office first rank. In 1931 he starred in The Champ, and shared the Best Actor Oscar with Fredric March, though March received one vote more than Beery, Academy rules at the time—since rescinded—defined results within one vote of each other as ties. He starred in several comedies with Marie Dressler and later, after Dresslers death, Marjorie Main, in 1943 his brother Noah Beery Sr. appeared with him in the war-time propaganda film Salute to the Marines, followed by Bad Bascomb and The Mighty McGurk.
Beerys first wife was teenaged actress Gloria Swanson, the two had co-starred in Sweedie Goes to College and married in 1916. Although Beery had enjoyed popularity with his Sweedie shorts, his career had taken a dip, according to Swansons autobiography, Beery raped her on their wedding night, and tricked her into swallowing an abortifacient when she was pregnant, which caused her to lose their child. In 1924, Beery married actress Rita Gilman, the couple adopted Carol Ann, daughter of Rita Beerys cousin. In December 1937, A few days before he passed away, in December 1939, the unmarried Beery adopted a seven-month-old infant girl Phyllis Ann
Roscoe Ates Rosco Ates, was an American vaudeville performer, actor of stage and screen and musician who primarily featured in western films and television. He was best known as western character Soapy Jones, Ates was born on January 20,1895 in the rural hamlet of Grange, northwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Grange is no longer included on road maps, Ates spent much of his childhood overcoming a severe speech impediment. He entered the entertainment medium as a concert violinist but found economic opportunities greater as a vaudeville comedian and he revived his long-gone stutter for humorous effect. Besides his early films, Ates starred in his own short series with RKO. His first film role was at the age of thirty-four in 1929 as a cook in South Sea Rose. The next year he was cast as Old Stuff in the film Billy the Kid with Johnny Mack Brown as Billy the Kid and Wallace Beery as Deputy Sheriff Pat Garrett. Ates served in WWII, training of the Air Force fighter squad program in Houston, Texas at Ellington Field Texas In 1931, Ates appeared in a total of fourteen films, renegades of the West, as Dr.
Bill Elliott played Hickok. Gone with the Wind as a convalescing Confederate soldier, while scratching his back on a tent pole, he utters the line These animules is driving me crazy. Three Texas Steers, a John Wayne film, features Ates as Sheriff Brown Cowboy from Sundown and his Soapy Jones character is the sidekick to the Singing Cowboy portrayed by native Texan, Eddie Dean. Thereafter, George Gabby Hayes employed archival footage from many Soapy Jones films in his 1950s childrens television series, Eddie Dean appeared in this program, as did Jan Sterling in the role of Roscoes much younger girlfriend. He was cast as Henry Wilson in the episode The Census Taker of the western series The Cisco Kid, starring Duncan Renaldo. He appeared that year in the Gale Storm sitcom, My Little Margie. He appeared on Gail Daviss Annie Oakley series as Curly Dawes, the operator, in Showdown at Diablo and as Walsh in Annie. Ates played The Ranger in the 1957 episode Sorrowful Joe Returns of ABCs The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, in 1958, the 63-year-old Ates was cast as Old Timer in the episode The Sacramento Story of NBCs Wagon Train starring Ward Bond.
That same year he was Edwin Winkler in the episode Force of Habit of Lee Marvins NBC crime drama and he had a nameless role as a barfly in the 1958 episode of Maverick called Gun-Shy, a spoof of the series Gunsmoke. From 1959–1960, Ates appeared once as Old Timer and in seven episodes as Ike Jenkins in the John Russell and Peter Brown ABC western series Lawman, set in Laramie, Wyoming. The episodes are entitled The Visitor, The Gang, The Ring, The Friend, The Exchange, The Breakup, The Stranger, in 1960, he appeared as a bartender in the episode The Rape of Red Sky of NBCs The Outlaws
Through his young adult years, Barbera lived, attended college, and began his career in New York City. After working odd jobs and as a banker, Barbera joined Van Beuren Studios in 1932, in 1937, he moved to California and while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Barbera met William Hanna. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry, in 1967, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time, the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System and Barbera won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. Their cartoon shows have become icons, and their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films, books. Hanna-Barberas shows had an audience of over 300 million people in the 1960s and have been translated into more than 20 languages. His family moved to Flatbush, New York when he was four months old and he had two younger brothers and Ted, both of whom served in World War II.
As a member of the United States Army, Larry participated in the invasion of Sicily, Ted was a fighter pilot with the United States Army Air Forces and served in the Aleutian Islands Campaign. Barberas father, was the owner of three barbershops who squandered the family fortunes on gambling. By the time Barbera was 15, his father had abandoned the family, Barbera displayed a talent for drawing as early as the first grade. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1928, while in high school, Barbera won several boxing titles. He was briefly managed by World Lightweight Boxing Champion Al Singers manager, in 1935, Barbera married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Earl. In school, they had known as Romeo and Juliet. Barbera and his wife briefly separated when he went to California and they reunited but were on the verge of another separation when they discovered that Dorothy was pregnant with their first child. They had 4 children, two sons and two daughters, the marriage officially ended in 1963.
Shortly after his divorce, Barbera met his wife, Sheila Holden, at Musso & Franks restaurant. Unlike Dorothy, who had preferred to stay at home with the children, during high school, Barbera worked as a tailors delivery boy. During the Great Depression, he tried unsuccessfully to become a cartoonist for a magazine called The NY Hits Magazine and he supported himself with a job at a bank, and continued to pursue publication for his cartoons
Warner Leroy Baxter was an American actor, known for his role as The Cisco Kid in In Old Arizona, for which he won the second Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1928–1929 Academy Awards. Warner Baxter started his career in silent film. Baxters most notable silent films are The Great Gatsby and The Awful Truth, when talkies came out, Baxter became even more famous. Baxters most notable talkies are In Old Arizona, 42nd Street, Slave Ship, Kidnapped, in the 1940s he was well known for his recurring role as Dr. Robert Ordway in the Crime Doctor series of 10 films. Baxter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame making him one of fewer than a hundred male actors in Hollywood history to both an Academy Award and a Walk of Fame star. Baxter was born in Columbus, Ohio to Edwin F, Baxter and Jane Barrett, and moved to San Francisco, California with his widowed mother in 1898, when he was nine. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, he and his family lived in a tent for two weeks, by 1910 Baxter was in vaudeville, and from there began acting on the stage.
The book American Classic Screen Profiles relates that Baxter was 5 months old when his father died, Jane Baxter and Warner went to live with her brother in Columbus, Ohio. Mother and son moved to New York City when he was 10 years old, the two moved to San Francisco, where he graduated from Polytechnic High School. When the 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck and his mother lived in Golden Gate Park for eight days, in 1908, they returned to Columbus. After selling farm implements for a living, worked for four months as the partner of Dorothy Shoemaker in an act on the Keith Vaudeville Circuit, Baxter originally worked as an insurance agent, sales manager and commercial traveller. Baxter began his career as an extra in 1914 in a stock company. He had his first starring role in 1921, in a film called Sheltered Daughters, baxters most famous starring role was as the Cisco Kid in In Old Arizona, the first all-talking western, for which he won the second Academy Award for Best Actor. He starred in 42nd Street, Grand Canary, Broadway Bill, by 1936, Baxter was the highest paid actor in Hollywood, but by 1943 he had slipped to B movie roles, and he starred in a series of Crime Doctor films for Columbia Pictures.
Baxter made over 100 films between 1914 and 1950, Baxter married Viola Caldwell in 1911, but they were soon divorced. He married actress Winifred Bryson in January 1918, remaining married until his death in 1951 and he was a close friend of William Powell, with whom he starred in three films, and was at Powells side when Jean Harlow died in 1937. When not acting, Baxter was an inventor and, in 1935, he co-created a revolver searchlight which would illuminate a target and he developed a radio device that would allow emergency crews to change traffic signals from two blocks away and allow them to safely pass through intersections. He financed its installation at an intersection in Beverly Hills in 1940, Baxter suffered for several years from arthritis, and in 1951 he underwent a lobotomy to ease the pain
Robert Alda was an American theatrical and film actor and father of actors Alan and Antony Alda. A talented singer and dancer, Alda was featured in a number of Broadway productions before moving to Italy during the early 1960s. He appeared in many European films over the two decades, occasionally returning to the U. S. for film appearances such as The Girl Who Knew Too Much. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York in 1930 and he began as a singer and dancer in vaudeville after winning a talent contest, and moved on to burlesque. Alda is known for portraying George Gershwin in the biopic Rhapsody in Blue as well as the talent agent in the Douglas Sirk classic Imitation of Life. He was very successful on Broadway, starring in Guys and Dolls, for which he won a Tony Award and he was the host of the short-lived DuMont TV version of the game show Whats Your Bid. Aldas first wife, and mother of actor Alan Alda, Joan Browne, was a homemaker and former beauty pageant winner, Alda was married to his second wife, Flora Marino, an Italian actress whom he met in Rome, until his death.
Alda made two guest appearances with his son Alan on M*A*S*H, in the episodes The Consultant and Lend a Hand, the latter episode featured Antony Alda, his younger son by his second wife. Alda appeared in an episode of The Feather and Father Gang in 1977, Alda died on May 3,1986, aged 72, after a long illness following a stroke. The Front Page My Daughter, Your Son What Makes Sammy Run
Billy Barty was an American film and television actor. In adult life, he stood three feet, nine inches, due to cartilage–hair hypoplasia dwarfism, and because of his short stature and he specialized in outspoken or wisecracking characters. During the 1950s, he became a star, appearing regularly in the Spike Jones ensemble. Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25,1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania, in 1962, he married Shirley Bolingbroke of Malad City, Idaho. They had two children, Lori Neilson and TV/film producer and director Braden Barty and his family were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Barty died of heart failure in 2000 at age 76 and he is entombed in Glendales Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Barty co-starred with Mickey Rooney in the Mickey McGuire shorts, a series of the 1920s and 1930s based on the Toonerville Folks comics. Small for his age then, Barty would impersonate very young children alongside brawny authority figures or wild animals.
In the 1933 film Gold Diggers of 1933, a nine-year-old Barty appeared as a baby who escapes from his stroller and he appeared as The Child in the 1933 film Footlight Parade. He is briefly seen in the 1935 film Bride of Frankenstein, in a role as a baby in one of Dr. Pretorius experiments. Much of Bartys film work consisted of bit parts and gag roles and he appeared in Fireman Save My Child, and appeared in two Elvis Presley films. He had one scene in Roustabout and co-starred without dialogue in Harum Scarum and he had roles in these feature films, Barty appeared several times on The Dennis Day Show, including once as a leprechaun. Beginning in 1958, he played pool hustler Babby, an information resource. Barty starred in the Rawhide episode Prairie Elephant in 1961, Barty was known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm for any productions in which he appeared. He performed with the Spike Jones musical comedy show on stage and television, Barty starred in a local Southern California childrens show, Billy Bartys Bigtop, in the mid-1960s, which regularly showed The Three Stooges shorts.
In one program, Stooge Moe Howard visited the set as a surprise guest, the program gave many Los Angeles area children their first opportunity to become familiar with little people, who until had been rarely seen on the screen except as two-dimensional curiosities. He appeared as a guest host on KTTVs Sheriff Johns Lunch Brigade whenever Sheriff John Rovick was on vacation, Barty played as Toulouse Lautrec in the 1972 The Brady Bunch Saturday morning cartoons preview special The Brady Bunch Meet ABCs Saturday Superstars. Barty played the sidekick on the 1970s Saturday morning TV series Dr. Shrinker
Forrest J Ackerman
He was based in Los Angeles, California. During his career as an agent, Ackerman represented such science fiction authors as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, A. E. Van Vogt, Curt Siodmak. He was, for seven decades, one of science fictions staunchest spokesmen. Ackerman was the editor and principal writer of the American magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as an actor, and Charles Beaumont, The Short Life of Twilight Zones Magic Man, about the late author Charles Beaumont, a former client of The Ackerman Agency. Famous for his play and neologisms, he coined the genre nickname sci-fi. In 1953, he was voted #1 Fan Personality by the members of the World Science Fiction Society and he was among the first and most outspoken advocates of Esperanto in the science fiction community. Ackerman was born Forrest James Ackerman, on November 24,1916, in Los Angeles, to Carroll Cridland and his father was from New York and his mother was from Ohio, she was nine years older than William. His name was used for the character of the reporter in the original Superman story The Reign of the Superman in issue 3 of Science Fiction magazine and he was one of the early members of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, and remained active in it for many decades.
He attended the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in 1939, where he wore the first futuristicostume and sparked fan costuming and he attended every Worldcon but two thereafter during his lifetime. Ackerman invited Ray Bradbury to attend the Los Angeles Chapter of the Science Fiction League, the club changed its name to the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society during the period it was meeting at the restaurant. Among the writers frequenting the club were Robert A. Heinlein, Emil Petaja, Fredric Brown, Henry Kuttner, Leigh Brackett, Bradbury often attended meetings with his friend Ray Harryhausen, the two Rays had been introduced to each other by Ackerman. With $90 from Ackerman, Bradbury launched a fanzine, Futuria Fantasia and this second house, in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles, contained some 300,000 books and pieces of movie and science-fiction memorabilia. From 1951 to 2002, Ackerman entertained some 50,000 fans at open houses - including, on one such evening, Ackerman was a board member of the Seattle Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, where many items of his collection are now displayed.
He knew most of the writers of fiction in the first half of the twentieth-century. As a literary agent, he represented some 200 writers, and he served as agent of record for many long lost authors and he was Ed Woods illiterary agent. Ackerman was credited with nurturing and even inspiring the careers of several early contemporaries like Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Charles Beaumont, Marion Zimmer Bradley and his stories have been translated into six languages. Ackerman named the sexy comic-book character Vampirella and wrote the story for the comic. He authored several lesbian stories under the name Laurajean Ermayne for Vice Versa and he was dubbed an honorary lesbian at a DOB party
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park — Hollywood Hills is one of the six Forest Lawn Southern California cemeteries. It is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA90068, in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Forest Lawn — Hollywood Hills is a dedicated to the preservation of American history and hosts high-profile events such as an annual Veterans Day ceremony attended by dignitaries. The park features such sights as, The Court of Liberty features statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, at 162 feet long and 28 feet high, Birth of Liberty is the largest historical mosaic in the United States. It is composed of ten pieces of Venetian glass and depicts twenty-five scenes from early America. The Old North Church, a replica of Bostons historic church. The historical rooms have documents and mementos of the colonial period, the Hall of Liberty American History Museum has a copy of the Liberty Bell and other exhibits. The museum has a 1, 200-seat auditorium, monument to Washington, a marble and bronze tribute to Americas first president, created by sculptor Thomas Ball.
Four of Washingtons generals are honored in the memorial, the Lincoln Terrace features a 16-foot bronze statue of the 16th president by Augustus St. Gaudens, flanked by a panoramic mosaic depicting key scenes from Lincolns life. The Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage has indigenous/non-Christian sculptures by Meliton Salas Rodriguez, of Guadalajara, the first Forest Lawn, in Glendale, was founded in 1906 by businessmen who hired Dr. Hubert Eaton, a firm believer in a joyous life after death. Before it was a cemetery, Forest Lawn was a location used by directors such as Carl Laemmle. The climactic battle scenes for D. W. Griffiths The Birth of a Nation were filmed there. The alternate names of the site are Providencia Flats, Nestor Ranch, Oak Ranch, Oak Crest Ranch, Universal Ranch/Universal City, Lasky Ranch. When Eaton made known his desire to open a second Forest Lawn location in the Hollywood Hills, the local residents protested vehemently. To circumvent the protesters, Mr. Eaton sent his staff to the county morgue to claim 6 John Does, in the morning, the protesters had no power because, by law, the property was now a cemetery. A mausoleum, for crypt or vault interments, a crematory and columbarium, for cinerary interments. A place where six or more bodies are buried.
The new mortuary and cemetery opened in 1952, interred or entombed in the Hollywood Hills cemetery are many famous people, particularly from the entertainment industry
The Andrews Sisters
The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters, contralto LaVerne Sophia, soprano Maxene Angelyn, and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie Patty, throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records. Their 1941 hit Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy can be considered an example of rhythm. The Andrews Sisters harmonies and songs are still today, and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, Christina Aguilera, Pentatonix. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998, writing for Bloomberg, Mark Schoifet said the sisters became the most popular female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century. They are still widely acclaimed today for their famous close harmonies, the sisters were born to Peter Andreos and Olga, their father was Greek and their mother Norwegian-American of the Lutheran faith. Following the collapse of their fathers Minneapolis restaurant, the sisters went on the road to support the family and they started their career as imitators of an earlier successful singing group, the Boswell Sisters who were popular in the 1930s.
They followed this success with a string of best-selling records over the two years and they became a household name by the 1940s. Instrumental to the success over the years were their parents, their orchestra leader and musical arranger, Vic Schoen, and Jack and David Kapp. During World War II they entertained the Allied forces extensively in America and Italy, visiting Army, Navy and Coast Guard bases, war zones and munitions factories. They encouraged U. S. citizens to war bonds with their rendition of Irving Berlins song Any Bonds Today. While touring, they often treated three random servicemen to dinner when they were dining out. I. An ad in the 1951 Radio Annual showed photos of the Andrews as children, as singers, and as old women in the then-future year of 1975, sadly. In the 1950s, Patty Andrews decided to break away from the act to be a soloist and she had married the trios pianist, Walter Weschler, who became the groups manager and demanded more money for Patty. Patty attributed the breakup to the deaths of their parents, We had been nearly all our lives.
Then in one year our dream world ended and our mother died and our father. All three of us were upset, and we were at each others throats all the time, in 1951, they recorded The Windmill Song which is an adaptation of the French song Maître Pierre written in 1948 by Henri Betti and Jacques Plante. The English lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish, the Andrews Sisters formally broke up in 1953