Joan McCracken
Actress, dancer
Joan McCracken
Joan McCracken was an American dancer, actress, and comedian who became famous for her role as Silvie ("The Girl Who Falls Down") in the original 1943 production of Oklahoma!. By age 11, she was studying dance with Catherine Littlefield. She dropped out of high school to join Littlefield's ballet company. She was a student of George Balanchine in the first year of the School of American Ballet (SAB).
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Bill Hayes '47 Stars On Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet - DePauw University
Google News - over 5 years
With a cast that includes Isabel Bigley, Ray Walston and Joan McCracken, the show opened May 28. Richard Rodgers composed the music, with lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The production is directed by George Abbott with choreography by Robert
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MSU education, health and human development students receive awards, scholarships - Montana State University
Google News - over 5 years
Jennifer Gauthier, senior in exercise science, Joan McCracken Scholarship. Amanda Judisch, senior in community health, Parent/Family Association Scholarship. Amy Shuler, junior in Spanish education and elementary education, Kappa Delta Phi Scholarship
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Crowd rallies for proposed library; council OKs putting measure on ballot - Billings Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Clayton and Joan McCracken came down for the rally because they believe libraries are important to a community and that it was time for Billings to have a new one. The current building — a repurposed hardware store — has been good, Joan McCracken
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The Right 'Oklahoma!' The Wrong Actress
NYTimes - almost 16 years
I am glad that G. H. Kanter [letter, March 18]enjoyed ''Oklahoma!'' in 1943 as much as I did. However, in order for him to see Charlotte Greenwood as Aunt Eller, he would have had to wait until 1955, when the movie version was produced. Ms. Greenwood was under contract to 20th Century Fox during that period and was busy making a host of wartime
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Jack Dunphy, 77, Author, Dies; Friend and Chief Heir of Capote
NYTimes - almost 25 years
Jack Dunphy, a novelist and playwright who was the author Truman Capote's closest friend and companion for 35 years, died yesterday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 77 years old, and lived in Manhattan and in Sagaponack, L.I. He died of cancer, his family said. His career began in dance and show business but soon turned to writing
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BOB FOSSE, DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER, DIES; A Veteran at 13
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: Robert Louis Fosse was born in Chicago on June 23, 1927, the son of a vaudeville entertainer. He began performing on the vaudeville circuit as a child, and by the age of 13 he was a seasoned veteran of many burlesque shows. Robert Louis Fosse was born in Chicago on June 23, 1927, the son of a vaudeville entertainer. He began performing on the
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BOB FOSSE - DANCING WITH DANGER
NYTimes - almost 31 years
''Big Deal on Madonna Street,'' an Italian movie starring Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman as small-time hustlers trying to pull off a not-quite-big-time heist, came out in 1960. During the mid-1960's, it was optioned by Bob Fosse, who started working on a stage version and thinking about making the project into a film musical. On
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VALLEY FORGE TO BROADWAY
NYTimes - over 35 years
MURFY'S MEN By Gerald Green. 332 pp. New York: Seaview Books. $12.95. SIGNS OF LIFE By Sumner Locke Elliott. 278 pp. New Haven and New York: Ticknor & Fields. $11.95. MIRRORS By James Lipton. 343 pp. New York: St. Martin's Press. $12.95. IN a little-known episode of the American Revolution, the Battle of Rhode Island, fought on August 29, 1778,
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    FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 43
    She died in her sleep, of a heart attack, in 1961 on Fire Island, New York, aged 43.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1951
    Age 33
    She was married to Jack Dunphy, whom she divorced on March 6, 1951, and then to dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse from December 1952 to 1959.
    More Details Hide Details McCracken was diagnosed in her teens with Type-1 diabetes. Reliable treatment for the disease was not yet then available, and her career was severely hampered as a result, despite her conscientiousness with regard to her condition. Through luck and determination, she persevered better than most; but long-term complications inevitably set in, and inherited heart problems (both of her parents died of heart attacks in their early 40s) damaged her health further, forcing her to turn down numerous offers of work in the mid- and late 50s.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 29
    She made a strong impression on the 1947 version of the movie Good News in the role of vivacious Babe Doolittle.
    More Details Hide Details Her number "Pass That Peace Pipe" was a standout, but her movie career never took off. According to her biographer, she told Truman Capote about her reactions to her brother's death, and he "used her violent tantrum in the Bloomer Girl dressing room as the model for a scene in his popular novella Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    Born in 1917.
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