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Kay Thompson

Kay Thompson was an American author, vocal arranger, vocal coach, musician and actress. She is best known as the creator of the Eloise children's books and for her role in the movie Funny Face. Thompson was born Catherine Louise Fink in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1909, the second of the four children of Leo George Fink, a Jewish, Austrian-born pawnbroker and jeweler, his American born, gentile wife Harriet Adelaide "Hattie" Tetrick. Thompson's parents were married on November 1905, in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois. Thompson's siblings were: Blanche Margaret Hurd, George "Bud" Fink, Jr. and Marian Antoinette Doenges. Thompson began her career in the 1930s as a choral director for radio, her first big break was as a regular singer on the Bing Crosby-Woodbury Show Bing Crosby Entertains. This led to a regular spot on The Fred Waring-Ford Dealers Show and with conductor Lennie Hayton, she co-founded The Lucky Strike Hit Parade where she met trombonist Jack Jenney. Thompson and Her Rhythm Singers joined André Kostelanetz and His Orchestra for the hit series The Chesterfield Radio Program, followed by It's Chesterfield Time for which Thompson and her large choir were teamed with Hal Kemp and His Orchestra.

For her motion picture debut and her choir performed two songs in the Republic Pictures musical Manhattan Merry-Go-Round. In 1939, she reunited with André Kostelanetz for Tune-Up Time, a show, produced by radio legend William Spier. On an installment of Tune-Up Time in April 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland was a guest, it was at this time that Thompson first met and worked with Garland, developing a close personal friendship and professional association that lasted the rest of Garland's life. In 1943 Thompson signed an exclusive contract with MGM to become the studio's top vocal arranger, vocal coach, choral director, she served as main vocal arranger for many of producer Arthur Freed's MGM musicals and as vocal coach to such stars as Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, June Allyson. Some of the many MGM musicals Thompson was the vocal arranger for include Ziegfeld Follies, The Harvey Girls, Till the Clouds Roll By, Good News, The Pirate; as a film actress, Thompson only played one major role: that of fashion editor Maggie Prescott in the musical Funny Face for Paramount Pictures.

Reunited with producer and songwriter Roger Edens and director Stanley Donen, her colleagues from MGM, Thompson garnered critical praise for her stylish turn as an editor based on real-life Harper's Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland, opening the film with her splashy "Think Pink!" and performing duets with Astaire and Hepburn. In a December 6, 2006, interview on Turner Classic Movies, Donen said that Funny Face was made at Paramount with a MGM crew, including Donen and Thompson, because Paramount Pictures would not release Hepburn for any film except one made at Paramount. Thompson only acted in one additional feature film, 1970's Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, according to its star Liza Minnelli, Thompson disliked the slow speed of movie production. Thompson left MGM in 1947 after working on The Pirate to create the night club act "Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers", with the four Williams men as her backup singers and dancers, they became an overnight sensation. Within a year, they were the highest paid nightclub act in the world, breaking records wherever they appeared.

She wrote Robert Alton did the original choreography for the act. Thompson, who lived at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, became most notable as the author of the Eloise series of children's books; the Eloise character was developed by the author based on her childhood imaginary friend and alter ego, with a voice in which Thompson spoke throughout her life, according to her biographer, filmmaker Sam Irvin. Thompson's goddaughter, Liza Minnelli, was speculated as a possible model for Eloise; the four books in the series, each illustrated by Hilary Knight, are Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmastime and Eloise in Moscow. They follow the adventures of a precocious six-year-old girl. All have been adapted into television projects. Thompson composed and performed a Top 40 hit song, "Eloise". A fifth book, Eloise Takes a Bawth, was posthumously published by Simon & Schuster in 2002, culled from Thompson's original manuscripts once slated for 1964 publication by Harper & Row. However, in 1964 Thompson was burned out on Eloise.

As a singer, Thompson made few records, starting with one side, "Take a Number from One to Ten", on a 1934 session by the Tom Coakley band. In 1935, she recorded four sides for Brunswick, another four sides for Victor; the 4 Brunswick sides are excellent examples of mid-1930s sophisticated New York cabaret singing. She recorded for Capitol, Decca, most for MGM Records, which issued her only complete album of songs, in 1954. In February 1956, Thompson wrote and recorded the song "Eloise" at Cadence Records with an orchestra conducted by Archie Bleyer; the song debuted on March 10, 1956, became a Top 40 hit, selling over 100,000 copies. Throughout the 1950s

Castle Donovan

Castle Donovan or Castledonovan or O'Donovan's Castle refer to the remains of an Irish tower house or túrtheach, in a valley near Drimoleague, of medium size, the so-called "seat" of the Clann Cathail sept of the O'Donovans for a period during the 16th century. The original name of the castle, when the O'Donovans were living in it, was Sowagh before the 17th century; the name of Castle Donovan, after the Manor of the Castle of O'Donovan, is associated with a regrant from James II of England in 1615. 60 feet in height, it sits on a large rock or outcropping, which forms the ground floor, close to the bank of the River Ilen. It is believed to have been built, or at the least augmented, by Donal of the Hides, Lord of Clancahill from about 1560 to his death 1584, his son Donal II O'Donovan repaired or further altered the structure some decades but was not living in it by then. It is believed that his father had relocated the family in the first decade of that century to the more profitable Rahine Manor on the seacoast to protect their maritime interests.

According to tradition the tower was damaged by Oliver Cromwell's soldiers in the late 1640s, blown up with powder in retaliation for Donal III O'Donovan joining the Stuart side and for his involvement in the rebellion and massacres of 1641, has been uninhabited since that time. In 1834, Philip Dixon Hardy published an account of his 1828 journey to the "vale of Castle Donovan", including a drawing in which several of the outbuildings can still be seen, in the Dublin Penny Journal, he says: The tower's surrounding wall or bawn and outbuildings are now gone, but over two thirds of the tower still remain. The 17th century explosion left only a small gouge in the southwest corner, but caused huge cracks in the masonry, leaving the structure unsafe, over two centuries the entire western wall, excluding the still intact spiral staircase, majority of the southern wall collapsed, it underwent conservation by the Office of Public Works between 2001 and 2014 and is a listed National Monument. Barony of Carbery

Marumalarchi Bharathi

'K. Bharathi' known as'Marumalarchi K. Bharathi' is a Tamil film director who has directed village based stories, he made his directorial debut with the Mammootty-starrer Maru Malarchi. Bharathi made his directorial debut with Maru Malarchi starring Mammootty in the lead; the film received critical acclaim, won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film and earned Bharathi an award of Best dialogue writer. Bharathi's next directorial Kallazhagar starring Vijayakanth was a box office flop. An elephant called Appu was brought in from Thrissur in Kerala for the film, where the elephant formed one of a stable maintained by the famed Paaramekaavu temple, which forms the venue of the yearly Thrissur Pooram festival; the film was rejected by Indian censors, because of its potential to spark religious conflicts - with a scene in which some Muslim extremists masquerade themselves as religious Hindus and join in the celebration of a major festival in a temple - being highlighted as a concern. The team subsequently had to adapt the concept partially.

Bharathi's third film Maanasthan starring Sarathkumar took four years to finish and became a failure during the release and received mixed reviews. After a four-year gap, Bharathi directed Valluvan Vasuki starring newcomers, the story is about the Konar dynasty and much of the shooting was done in villages bordering the Kollidam River in Thanjavur district; the film became a failure. Chinna pulla Marumalarchi Kallazhagar Maanasthan Valluvan Vasuki Marumalarchi 2