Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom is an American television movie directed by Sam O'Steen and executive-produced by Roger Gimbel, from the teleplay by Jerome Kass. It was broadcast by CBS on February 13, 1975. Maureen Stapleton, Charles Durning, Charlotte Rae were nominated for Emmy Awards for their performances. Bea Asher is a lonely widow, told by a waitress named Angie to get out and enjoy life. Angie takes a nervous Bea to a local dance hall, for ballroom dancing. Despite Bea stating it has been years since she has danced, Al Green asks her to dance; when Bea returns home late, her worried sister Helen arrives, having disturbed Bea's daughter. Bea decides to be her own person now, takes on a more youthful appearance, frequents the Stardust to dance with Al; this starts a romance. Bea learns of Al's life off the dance floor, he is married, albeit unhappily. Bea's new lifestyle leads her to become the annual queen at the Stardust. Maureen Stapleton as Bea Asher: a New York widow who opens a thrift store to sell items in her house to keep from having to move in with her daughter Diane and her family.
Her life soon changes. Charles Durning as Al Green: a married mailman who frequents the Stardust, he falls in love with her. Michael Brandon as David Asher: Bea's son who helps her open the store moves with his family to Los Angeles Michael Strong as Jack: Helen's husband and Bea's accountant Charlotte Rae as Helen: Bea's sister, who dislikes the changes in her Jacquelyn Hyde as Angie: Bea's waitress friend, who, in showing her how to live life, takes her to the Stardust Beverly Sanders as Diane: Bea's daughter, who dislikes the changes in her Alan Fudge as Louis: Diane's husband Florence Halop as Sylvia Gil Lamb as Harry: Bea's first dance partner at the Stardust. Feeling overmatched, she excuses herself from the dance. Nora Marlowe as Emily Orrin Tucker as M. C. Billy Goldenberg composed the music for the film. Alan and Marilyn Bergman wrote the lyrics for the songs used in the film, most of which were sung by the two leads, except for a solo by Martha Tilton; the dance sequences were choreographed by Marge Champion.
And were filmed in Myron's Ballroom in Los Angeles with some 300 regular patrons, including Dean Collins, Skippy Blair, Larry Kern, Laure' Haile appearing as extras. O'Steen won the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Specials, the Writers Guild of America honored Kass for his original teleplay; the program received two Emmys, for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for a Special. The program, released in both VHS and DVD formats, served as the basis for the 1978 Broadway musical Ballroom. Marty Queen of the Stardust Ballroom on IMDb
Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne was a British-born American stage actress, director and author. A Broadway star by age 21, Le Gallienne consciously ended her work on Broadway to devote herself to founding the Civic Repertory Theatre, in which she was both director and lead actress. Noted for her boldness and idealism, she became a pioneering figure in the American Repertory Movement, which enabled today's Off-Broadway. A versatile and eloquent actress herself, Le Gallienne became a respected stage coach, director and manager. Ms. Le Gallienne consciously devoted herself to the Art of the Theatre as opposed to the Show Business of Broadway and dedicated herself to upgrading the quality of the stage, she ran the Civic Repertory Theatre Company for 10 years. She managed Broadway's 1100-seat Civic Repertory Theatre at 107 West 14th Street from 1926–32, home to her company whose actors included herself, Burgess Meredith, John Garfield, J. Edward Bromberg, Paul Leyssac, Florida Friebus, David Manners, Leona Roberts.
Le Gallienne was born in London to Richard Le Gallienne, an English poet of French descent, Julie Nørregaard, a Danish journalist. They married in 1897 and separated in 1903 divorcing. After Eva's parents separated when she was four years old and her mother moved to Paris, where she spent her childhood shuttling back and forth between there and Britain. While in Paris, she was taken backstage to meet Sarah Bernhardt, she said "made an enormous impression on me", she made her stage debut at the age of 15 with a walk-on role in a 1914 production of Maurice Maeterlinck's Monna Vanna spent several months in a drama school. She left to perform in a minor comedy as a cockney servant, "brought down the house", receiving excellent reviews; the next year, at the age of 16, Le Gallienne and her mother sailed for New York City, where her first few productions were not successful, she was released from another while it was performing in out of town tryouts. She spent a season performing on the road and in summer stock.
After travelling in Europe for a period of time, she returned to New York and became a Broadway star in several plays including Arthur Richman's Not So Long Ago and Ferenc Molnár's Liliom for the Theatre Guild. Le Gallienne consciously devoted herself to the "art of the theatre" as opposed to the "show business of Broadway", was a pioneer in the emerging American Repertory Theater, she ran the Civic Repertory Theatre Company for 10 years, backed by the financial support of one of her lovers, Alice DeLamar, a wealthy Colorado gold mine heiress, producing 37 plays during that time. She managed Broadway's 1100-seat Civic Repertory Theatre at 107 West 14th Street from 1926–32, home to her company whose actors included herself, J. Edward Bromberg, Paul Leyssac, Florida Friebus, Leona Roberts; as head of the Civic Repertory Theatre, she rejected the admission of Bette Davis, whose attitude she described as "insincere" and "frivolous". The Civic Rep disbanded at the height of the Depression in 1934.
Le Gallienne was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1986. Le Gallienne never hid her lesbianism inside the acting community, but was never comfortable with her sexuality, struggling with it, she briefly considered arranging for a "front" marriage with actor Basil Rathbone. During the early days of her career she was in the company of witty, libertine actresses Tallulah Bankhead, Estelle Winwood and Blyth Daly, with the four being dubbed "The Four Horsemen of the Algonquin", referring to the Algonquin Round Table. In 1918, while in Hollywood, she began an affair with the actress Alla Nazimova, at her height of fame, who at that time wielded much power in the acting community; the affair ended due to Nazimova's jealousy. Nonetheless, Nazimova liked Le Gallienne much, assisted in her being introduced to many influential people of the day, it was Nazimova who coined the phrase "sewing circles", to describe the intricate and secret lesbian relationships lived by many actresses of the day. Le Gallienne was involved for some time with actresses Tallulah Bankhead, Beatrice Lillie and Laurette Taylor during that time.
In 1920, she became involved with poet and playwright Mercedes de Acosta about whom she was passionate for several years. She and de Acosta began their romance shortly after de Acosta's marriage to Abram Poole which strained their relationship. Still, they vacationed and travelled together at times visiting the salon of famed writer and socialite Natalie Barney. De Acosta wrote two plays for Le Gallienne during Sandro Botticelli and Jehanne de Arc. Neither was successful, they ended their relationship after five years. In 1960, when de Acosta was ill with a brain tumour and in need of money, she published her memoir Here Lies the Heart; the reviews were positive and many close friends praised the book. Le Gallienne was furious, denouncing de Acosta as a liar and claiming she invented the stories for fame, but many of de Acosta's affairs, including that with Le Gallienne, are confirmed in personal correspondence. By early 1927, Le Gallienne was involved with married actress Josephine Hutchinson. Hutchinson's husband started divorce proceedings and named Le Gallienne in the divorce proceedings as "co-respondent".
The press began accusations that named Josephine Hutchinson as a "shadow actress", which at the time meant lesbian. Five months Le Gallienne performed in a play about Emily Dickinson, titled Alison's House; the play won a Pul
Lilia Skala was an Austrian-American actress. Skala was born Lilia Sofer in Vienna, her mother, Katharina Skala, was Catholic, her father, Julius Sofer, was Jewish and worked as a manufacturers representative for the Waldes Koh-i-noor Company. She was one of the first women to graduate in architecture and engineering from the University of Dresden, before practicing architecture professionally in Vienna. In the late 1930s, she was forced to flee her Nazi-occupied homeland with her husband, Louis Erich Skala, their two young sons. Skala and her husband managed to escape from Austria and settled in the United States. Skala was a Christian Scientist, she was introduced to the religion in Vienna in the 1920s. Lilia Skala appeared on countless television shows and serials from 1952 to 1985, as Grand Duchess Sophie kept company on Broadway with Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam not too many years after toiling in a Queens zipper factory as a non-English-speaking refugee from Austria, she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for her most famous role as the Mother Superior in 1963's Lilies of the Field opposite Oscar-winning Sidney Poitier.
Skala appeared in Ship of Fools, Deadly Hero and Franklin, Heartland Flashdance and House of Games. She died in Bay Shore, New York, of natural causes at age 98, her life is the subject of an eponymous one-woman play Lilia! The play is performed by her granddaughter, Libby Skala. List of German-speaking Academy Award winners and nominees Lilia Skala on IMDb Lilia Skala at Find a Grave
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences colloquially known as the Television Academy, is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the television industry in the United States. Founded in 1946, the organization presents the Primetime Emmy Awards, an annual ceremony honoring achievement in U. S. primetime television. Syd Cassyd considered television a tool for education and envisioned an organization that would put outside the "flash and glamor" of the industry and become an outlet for "serious discussion" and award the industries "finest achievements". In 2016, producer Hayma Washington was elected chairman and CEO of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, becoming the first African-American to hold the position. In 2014, alongside its Hall of Fame induction ceremony and announced plans to expand its headquarters, the organization announced that it had changed its public brand to the Television Academy, with a new logo designed by Siegel + Gale; the new branding was intended to downplay the organization's antiquated formal name in favor of a more straightforward identity, features a separating line used to symbolize a screen, portrayed as a "portal".
In 1949, the Television Academy held the first Emmy Awards ceremony, an annual event created to recognize excellence in U. S. television programming, although the initial event was restricted to programming from the Los Angeles area. The name "Emmy" was derived from "Immy," a nickname for the image orthicon camera tube, which aided the progress of modern television; the word was feminized as "Emmy" to match the statuette, which depicted a winged woman holding an atom. The Emmy Awards are administered by three sister organizations who focus on various sectors of television programming: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Primetime Emmy Awards, the Television Academy publishes the award-winning emmy magazine and through the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, is responsible for the Archive of American Television, annual College Television Awards, Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, acclaimed student internships and other educational outreach programs.
Hayma Washington Steve Venezia, CAS Tim Gibbons Sharon Lieblein, CSA Allison Binder Mitch Waldow Bob Bergen Rickey Minor Muchael Ruscio, ACE Lori H. Schwartz Madeline Di Nonno See footnote; the Television Academy Honors were established in 2008 to recognize "Television with a Conscience"—television programming that inspires, informs and has the power to change lives. Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq Boston Legal Girl Positive God's Warriors Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, "Harm" Pictures of Hollis Woods Planet Earth Shame Side Order of Life Home Improvement, "A Home for the Holidays" Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football Brothers & Sisters, "Prior Commitments" Extreme Makeover Home Edition, "The Martirez & Malek Families" Masterpiece Contemporary: "God on Trial" Stand Up to Cancer 30 Days Whale Wars CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "Coup De Grace" Glee, "Wheels" Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? With Maria Shriver Explorer, "Inside Death Row" Private Practice, "Nothing To Fear" Taking Chance Unlocking Autism Vanguard, "The OxyContin Express" The 16th Man The Big C, "Taking The Plunge" Friday Night Lights, "I Can't" Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution The Oprah Winfrey Show, "A Two-Day Oprah Show Event: 200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward" Parenthood, "Pilot" Private Practice, "Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?"
Wartorn 1861–2010 The Dr. Oz Show The Five Harry's Law, "Head Games" Hot Coffee Men of a Certain Age, "Let the Sun Shine In" Rescue Me,'344" Women, War & Peace A Smiles As Big As The Moon D. L. Hughley: The Endangered List Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide Hunger Hits Home The Newsroom Nick News with Linda Ellerbee One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal Parenthood The Big C: Hereafter Comedy Warriors The Fosters Mea Maxima Culpa Mom Screw You Cancer Vice black-ish, "Crime and Punishment" E:60, "Dream On: Stories of Boston's Strongest" The Normal Heart Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert Transparent Virunga Born This Way Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Homeland The Knick Mississippi Inferno Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom Before the Flood The Night Of Speechless This Is Us We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 13 Reasons Why Andi Mack Daughters of Destiny Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America Full Frontal with Samantha Bee LA 92 One Day at a Time Note: There were no inductions in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009.
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Rosemary Murphy was an American actress of stage and television. She was nominated for three Tony Awards for her stage work, as well as two Emmy Awards for television work, winning once, for her performance in Eleanor and Franklin. Murphy was born in Munich, Germany in 1925, the daughter of American parents Mildred and Robert Daniel Murphy, a diplomat; the family left Germany in 1939 due to the onset of World War II. Murphy, whose résumé came to include French and German films, attended Manhattanville College and trained as an actress at Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. and in New York at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio with Sanford Meisner before beginning her career on stage. She made her stage debut in a 1949 production of Peer Gynt, she made her Broadway debut in 1950 in The Tower Beyond Tragedy. She went on to appear in some 15 Broadway productions, most in Noël Coward's Waiting in the Wings, she acted in films and on TV, most notably portraying Sara Delano Roosevelt in the TV miniseries Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.
She played Maudie Atkinson in To Kill a Mockingbird as well as Callie Hacker in Walking Tall. The following year, in 1974, she appeared in the television film A Case of Rape, playing a ruthless defense attorney who brutally cross-examines a rape victim and wins an acquittal for the man who attacked her, her first soap opera role was Nola Hollister #2 on The Secret Storm from 1969-1970. In 1977, she appeared on All My Children as Maureen Teller Dalton, Eric Kane's former mistress, the mother of his son, Mark Dalton. In 1988, she played Loretta Fowler for several months, the kleptomaniac mother of Mitch Blake and Sam Fowler on Another World; the following year, she appeared on As the World Turns as Gretel Aldin #2 when her character's son, James Stenbeck, was murdered. She appeared in episodes of Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. Murphy won an Emmy Award for her role in Franklin, she won a Clarence Derwent Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for two Tony awards. She died on July 5, 2014 from esophageal cancer.
She was married to the actor Reginald Marsh until his death in 2001 and had four children and two stepchildren. Rosemary Murphy on IMDb Rosemary Murphy at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection NNDB profile, nndb.com.
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network, a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles. CBS is sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the company's iconic symbol, in use since 1951, it has been called the "Tiffany Network", alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley, it can refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc. a collection of 16 radio stations, purchased by Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States, one of the Big Three American broadcast television networks.
In 1974, CBS dropped its former full name and became known as CBS, Inc. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired the network in 1995, renamed its corporate entity to the current CBS Broadcasting, Inc. in 1997, adopted the name of the company it had acquired to become CBS Corporation. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, formed as a spin-off of CBS in 1971. In late 2005, Viacom split itself into two separate companies and re-established CBS Corporation – through the spin-off of its broadcast television and select cable television and non-broadcasting assets – with the CBS television network at its core. CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, which controls the current Viacom. CBS operated the CBS Radio network until 2017, when it merged its radio division with Entercom. Prior to CBS Radio provided news and features content for its portfolio owned-and-operated radio stations in large and mid-sized markets, affiliated radio stations in various other markets.
While CBS Corporation owns a 72% stake in Entercom, it no longer owns or operates any radio stations directly, though CBS still provides radio news broadcasts to its radio affiliates and the new owners of its former radio stations. The television network has more than 240 owned-and-operated and affiliated television stations throughout the United States; the company ranked 197th on the 2018 Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by revenue. The origins of CBS date back to January 27, 1927, with the creation of the "United Independent Broadcasters" network in Chicago by New York City talent-agent Arthur Judson; the fledgling network soon needed additional investors though, the Columbia Phonograph Company, manufacturers of Columbia Records, rescued it in April 1927. Columbia Phonographic went on the air on September 18, 1927, with a presentation by the Howard L. Barlow Orchestra from flagship station WOR in Newark, New Jersey, fifteen affiliates. Operational costs were steep the payments to AT&T for use of its land lines, by the end of 1927, Columbia Phonograph wanted out.
In early 1928 Judson sold the network to brothers Isaac and Leon Levy, owners of the network's Philadelphia affiliate WCAU, their partner Jerome Louchheim. None of the three were interested in assuming day-to-day management of the network, so they installed wealthy 26-year-old William S. Paley, son of a Philadelphia cigar family and in-law of the Levys, as president. With the record company out of the picture, Paley streamlined the corporate name to "Columbia Broadcasting System", he believed in the power of radio advertising since his family's "La Palina" cigars had doubled their sales after young William convinced his elders to advertise on radio. By September 1928, Paley bought out the Louchhheim share of CBS and became its majority owner with 51% of the business. During Louchheim's brief regime, Columbia paid $410,000 to A. H. Grebe's Atlantic Broadcasting Company for a small Brooklyn station, WABC, which would become the network's flagship station. WABC was upgraded, the signal relocated to 860 kHz.
The physical plant was relocated – to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan, where much of CBS's programming would originate. By the turn of 1929, the network could boast to sponsors of having 47 affiliates. Paley moved right away to put his network on a firmer financial footing. In the fall of 1928, he entered into talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, who planned to move into radio in response to RCA's forays into motion pictures with the advent of talkies; the deal came to fruition in September 1929: Paramount acquired 49% of CBS in return for a block of its stock worth $3.8 million at the time. The agreement specified that Paramount would buy that same stock back by March 1, 1932 for a flat $5 million, provided CBS had earned $2 million during 1931 and 1932. For a brief time there was talk that the network might be renamed "Paramount Radio", but it only lasted a month – the 1929 stock market crash sent all stock value tumbling, it galvanized Paley and his troops, who "had no alternative but to turn the network around and earn the $2,000,000 in two years....
This is the atmosphere in which the CBS of today was born." The near-bankrupt movie studio sold its CBS shares back to CBS in 1932. In the first year of Paley's wa