Howard Keel
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Howard Keel
Harold Clifford Keel, known professionally as Howard Keel, was an American actor and singer. He starred in many film musicals of the 1950s. He is best known to modern audiences for his starring role in the CBS television series Dallas from 1981 to 1991, as Clayton Farlow, opposite Barbara Bel Geddes's character, but to an earlier generation, he was known as the star of some of the most famous MGM film musicals ever made, with a rich bass-baritone singing voice.
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This week: 'Dancing With the Stars' reveals stars; Dick Cheney, Miranda ... - Orlando Sentinel (blog)
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The high point of Monday's salute to Anne Francis is “Forbidden Planet” at 10 pm Tuesday's salute to Howard Keel brings “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 9:30 pm and “Kiss Me Kate” at 11:30 pm Wednesday is a tribute to Marlene Dietrich,
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TCM salutes Carole Lombard, screwball queen and sexy dame - Orlando Sentinel (blog)
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Dyanmic Howard Keel gets the TCM treatment Tuesday, when “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” airs at 9:30 pm and “Kiss Me Kate” follows at 11:30. The festival ends with Marlene Dietrich on Wednesday, when ”The Scarlet Empress” airs at 8 pm But the best
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TV film fare - week of Aug. 28 - Catholic Sentinel
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Western musical about Oregon pioneers who, when their brother (Howard Keel) brings home a bride (Jane Powell), go out and kidnap some local belles. Directed by Stanley Donen, the zest of the music, dancing and story carry the movie in highly enjoyable
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Cranky Hanke's Weekly Reeler Aug. 24-30: Dont be afraid of a tabloid idiot brother - Mountain Xpress (blog)
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And Tuesday is Howard Keel—no comment. The basic goal in allowing comments on Xpress articles is to try to bring meaningful information to the dialogue while staying respectful of others. Read our full terms here Commenters email addresses are never
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Calamity Jane Singalong Review - EdinburghGuide.com
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I have seen this film more times than it's decent to admit, and I still see points of significance like Doris Day taking the reins on the way to the ball and offering her arm to Howard Keel as they go to dance. There's liberation for you
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Hollywood mermaid swam her way into viewers' hearts - Inquirer.net
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Because of her androgynous appeal, she was cast alongside screen machos like Howard Keel and Ricardo Montalban. Since the actress was also no slouch at comedy, she starred opposite Red Skelton and Jimmy Durante. When the box-office appeal of expensive
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1001 Australian nights - The Age
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Most of us might know of Kismet as a hyper-coloured Arabian Nights-themed MGM musical from the 1950s starring Howard Keel and Ann Blythe, but few of us have probably seen its tale of love, mistaken identity and wacky pratfalls in ancient Baghdad on
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Napa stars in 'Kiss Me Kate' brighten Santa Rosa's Railroad Square - Napa Valley Register
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Porter's biggest hit — and his last major work — “Kiss Me Kate” was first performed on the stage in 1948, then turned into a movie starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson in 1953. The movie is what I remember, but this production returns to the
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“Seven Brides” Makes Muny Memories - KMOX.com
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The Howard Keel, Jane Powell movie “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” from 1954 is a boys meet girls in the rugged outdoors kind of love story, full of fancy and plot lines that could never happen, but who cares? The show is all about choreography,
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DALLAS Cast Photo: Jesse Metcalfe, Julie Gonzalo, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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In addition to Hagman, Duffy, and Tilton, the original Dallas featured a couple of movie veterans, MGM singing star Howard Keel (Show Boat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and Oscar nominee Barbara Bel Geddes (I Remember Mama, Vertigo)
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Prepare yourself for the invasion of the hogweed! - YourNabe.com
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It truly is the end of days — in 1962, Howard Keel, of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” fame, starred in the sci-fi thriller “The Day of the Triffids.” The apocalyptic flick had earth in deadly peril (again) from killer plants
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"Show Boat:" Thinking Big, Yet Intimate - Hartford Courant
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(There have also been a part-talkie film in 1929, as well as 1936 and 1951 movie versions, the former starring Paul Robeson, Allan Jones, Irene Dunne and Harttie McDaniel) and the latter, an MGM epic starring Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown,
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HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR: "ROCK HAPPY!" The granddads of pop-psychedelic harmony ... - Montgomery Newspapers
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As a youngster who played the ukulele, he appeared in the 1950 film “Pagan Love Song” starring Esther Williams, Howard Keel and Rita Moreno. He eventually went on to perform with the New Christy Minstrels before joining the Association
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Movie outdoors at the Fauchere - Pike County Courier
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Starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, the movie instantly became one of the more beloved of Hollywood musicals, especially renowned for songs such as “There's No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.” Author and film historian John
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Country Club seeking Magnolia Classic memorabilia for exhibit - Hattiesburg American
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Pat Boone, Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, Charley Pride, Robert Stack, Faron Young, Phil Harris, Dale Robertson, Howard Keel. All excellent entertainers, with one thing in common: They all played in a celebrity pro-am in the Magnolia
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Bainbridge Library hosting programs - News-Herald.com
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A fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel will be shown. This Irving Berlin and Dorothy Fields' collaboration features the songs "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Howard Keel
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2004
    Age 84
    Keel died at his Palm Desert home on November 7, 2004, six weeks after a bout with colon cancer.
    More Details Hide Details He was cremated and his ashes scattered at three favorite places: Mere Golf Club, Cheshire, England; Liverpool, England's John Lennon Airport; and Tuscany, Italy.
  • 1994
    Age 74
    In 1994, Keel and Judy moved to Palm Desert, California.
    More Details Hide Details The Keels were active in community charity events, and attended the annual Howard Keel Golf Classic at Mere Golf Club in Cheshire, England, which raised money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Keel attended the event for many years up until the year of his death. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 8 February 1960. It is located at 6253 Hollywood Blvd. A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him in 1996. Keel had four children: three with second wife, Helen Anderson: two daughters, Kaija Liane (born 1950) and Kirstine Elizabeth (born 1952), and a son, Gunnar Louis (born 1955); one by his third wife of 34 years, Judy: a daughter, Leslie Grace (born 1974); and ten grandchildren, including the actor Bodie Olmos.
  • 1985
    Age 65
    The follow up album, Reminiscing – The Howard Keel Collection peaked at #20 in the UK chart, spending twelve weeks in that listing in 1985 and 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988 the album Just for You reached #51 in the UK Albums Chart.
  • 1984
    Age 64
    However, his album And I Love You So reached #6 in the UK Albums Chart in 1984.
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    He released an album in 1984, With Love, which sold poorly.
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  • 1981
    Age 61
    In 1981, after several cameo appearances, Keel joined the show permanently as the dignified and hot-tempered oil baron Clayton Farlow.
    More Details Hide Details Starting with an appearance on the fourth season, the character had been meant as a semi-replacement patriarch from the series' Jock Ewing played by Jim Davis, who had recently died. However, Clayton was such a hit among viewers that he was made a series regular and stayed on until its end in 1991. Dallas did more than just help his acting career become highly successful once again. It also renewed his recording career. With renewed fame, Keel commenced his first solo recording career, at age 64, as well as a successful concert career in the UK.
  • 1980
    Age 60
    Keel continued to tour, with his wife and daughter in tow, but by 1980 had decided to make a career/life change.
    More Details Hide Details He moved his family to Oklahoma with the intention of joining an oil company. The family had barely settled down when Keel was called back to California to appear with Jane Powell on an episode of The Love Boat. While there, he was told that the producers of the television series Dallas wanted to speak with him.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1974
    Age 54
    In 1974, Keel became a father for the fourth time with the birth of his daughter, Leslie Grace.
    More Details Hide Details In January 1986, he underwent double heart bypass surgery.
  • 1971
    Age 51
    In 1971-72, Keel appeared briefly in the West End and Broadway productions of the musical Ambassador, which flopped.
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  • 1970
    Age 50
    They married in December 1970, and Keel's drinking problem soon ceased thereafter.
    More Details Hide Details He resumed his routine of nightclub, cabaret and summer stock jobs with his new wife at his side.
    In early 1970, Keel went on a blind date with airline stewardess Judy Magamoll, who was 25 years his junior and knew nothing about his stardom.
    More Details Hide Details Years later, Keel called the relationship love at first sight, but the age difference bothered him tremendously. For Judy, however, it was not a problem, and with the aid of Robert Frost's poem "What Fifty Said," she convinced him to proceed with their relationship.
  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 49
    They separated in 1969 and divorced in 1970.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 29
    They married in January 1949, and a year later, Harold (now called Howard) celebrated the birth of his daughter, Kaija.
    More Details Hide Details While living in London, Keel made his film debut as Harold Keel at the British Lion studio in Elstree, in The Small Voice (1948), released in the US as The Hideout. He played an escaped convict holding a playwright and his wife hostage in their English country cottage. Additional Broadway credits include Saratoga, No Strings, and Ambassador. He appeared at The Muny in St. Louis as Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1978); Emile de Becque in South Pacific (1992); Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1996); and as General Waverly in White Christmas (2000). From London's West End, Keel ended up at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, making his film musical debut as Frank Butler in the movie version of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun (1950). His career at MGM resulted in plum film roles in Show Boat (1951), Kiss Me Kate (1953), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), and Kismet (1955). He also made a series of unremarkable musicals and B-films. On loan at Warner Brothers, he played Wild Bill Hickok in Calamity Jane (1953), a highly popular Oscar-winning musical starring Doris Day in one of her most famous screen roles. The film was Warner Brothers' answer to Annie Get Your Gun, and included the smash hit song "Secret Love". There were two more children born to Howard and Helen: daughter Kirstine in 1952, and son Gunnar in 1955.
  • 1947
    Age 27
    In 1947 Oklahoma! became the first American postwar musical to travel to London, England, and Keel joined the production.
    More Details Hide Details On the opening night, April 30, at the Drury Lane Theatre, the capacity audience (which included the future Queen Elizabeth II) demanded fourteen encores. Keel was hailed as the next great star, becoming the toast of London's West End. During the London run, his marriage to Rosemary ended in divorce, and Keel fell in love with a young member of the show's chorus, dancer Helen Anderson.
  • 1943
    Age 23
    In 1943 Keel met and married his first wife, actress Rosemary Cooper.
    More Details Hide Details In 1945 he briefly understudied for John Raitt in the Broadway hit Carousel before being assigned to Oklahoma!, both written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. When performing this play during this period, Keel accomplished a feat that has never been duplicated; he performed the leads in both shows on the same day.
  • 1941
    Age 21
    Nevertheless, his first public performance occurred in the summer of 1941, when he played the role of Samuel the Prophet in Handel's oratorio Saul (singing a duet with bass-baritone George London).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 10
    After his father's death in 1930, Keel and his mother moved to California, where he graduated from Fallbrook High School at age 17.
    More Details Hide Details He worked various odd jobs until settling at Douglas Aircraft Company as a traveling representative. At the age of 20, Keel was overheard singing by his landlady, Mom Rider, and was encouraged to take vocal lessons. One of his music heroes was the great baritone Lawrence Tibbett. Keel later remarked that learning that his own voice was a basso cantante was one of the greatest disappointments of his life.
  • 1919
    Born
    Born on April 13, 1919.
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