Lee Guber
American theater impresario
Lee Guber
Lee Guber was an American theater impresario, who produced several Broadway theatre productions and developed a chain of entertainment venues in suburban locations along the East Coast.
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Tweiss Productions Presents Hell's Belles 9/10-10/2 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Eileen B. Weiss worked for Broadway producers: Michael Harvey; Lee Guber/Music Fair Group; The Shubert Organization; and Cameron Mackintosh. She worked for HBO; the Women's Project & Productions; and Actors Theatre of Louisville
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Fine Tuning column for Friday, April 22 - Vancouver Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
Incidentally, Walters herself adopted her daughter Jacqueline in 1968, with her second husband, Lee Guber. After running away from home at age 15 and hitchhiking across the southwest US for a month, Jacqueline went on to found the charity New Horizons,
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NYTimes - over 7 years
An obituary on Thursday about the entertainment producer Shelly Gross referred incorrectly to the 1974 Broadway musical ''Lorelei,'' starring Carol Channing, which he produced with Lee Guber. While it was a reworking of the 1949 musical ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,'' which also starred Ms. Channing, ''Lorelei'' was an original production, not a
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Shelly Gross, 88, Producer For Broadway and Suburbs
NYTimes - over 7 years
Shelly Gross, who with his childhood friend Lee Guber brought a broad spectrum of entertainment to suburban theaters along the East Coast and who also produced more than a dozen Broadway shows, died on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 88. The cause was bladder cancer, his son Byron said. Business partners for 33 years, Mr. Gross and Mr.
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Paid Notice: Deaths WYSE, LOIS
NYTimes - over 9 years
WYSE--Lois, on July 6, 2007. Beloved mother of Katherine Wyse Goldman and Robert Wyse, and mother-in-law of Henry Goldman and Denise Wyse. Cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Max, Alex, Molly, Emily, Marisa, Elizabeth and Sarah. Devoted aunt of Kenneth Wyse. Loving wife of the late Lee Guber and stepmother of Zev and Heidi Guber. A memorial service
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Paid Notice: Deaths WYSE, LOIS
NYTimes - over 9 years
WYSE--Lois, on July 6, 2007. Beloved mother of Katherine Wyse Goldman and Robert Wyse, and mother-in-law of Henry Goldman and Denise Wyse. Cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Max, Alex, Molly, Emily, Marisa, Elizabeth and Sarah. Devoted aunt of Kenneth Wyse. Loving wife of the late Lee Guber and stepmother of Zev and Heidi Guber. A memorial service
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Paid Notice: Deaths WYSE, LOIS
NYTimes - over 9 years
WYSE--Lois, on July 6, 2007. Beloved mother of Katherine Wyse Goldman and Robert Wyse, and mother-in-law of Henry Goldman and Denise Wyse. Cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Max, Alex, Molly, Emily, Marisa, Elizabeth and Sarah. Devoted aunt of Kenneth Wyse. Loving wife of the late Lee Guber and step-mother of Zev and Heidi Guber. A memorial
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Lois Wyse, Ad Wordsmith And Prolific Author, Dies at 80
NYTimes - over 9 years
Lois Wyse, an advertising executive whose love of words yielded a famous slogan and more than 65 books, died yesterday at her home in Manhattan. She was 80. The cause was stomach cancer, said Henry Goldman, her son-in-law. When Wyse Advertising, the agency that Ms. Wyse founded with her first husband, Marc, won the J. M. Smucker Company account, it
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MUSIC; Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
NYTimes - about 12 years
STEP back in time to 1956. The baby boom was in full swing as newlyweds from New York City swarmed into tract housing on Long Island to start their own families. Steve Allen's ''Tonight'' show, the original incarnation of the program now starring Jay Leno, had just begun its five-night-a-week schedule on NBC and was a huge hit at a time when
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Tender Trap
NYTimes - over 24 years
IN THE COLONNADE outside the Oval Office, Barbara Walters tests the white wrought-iron bench where she will sit to question the President of the United States. The bench is not the most comfortable place to sit. But the Rose Garden is bathed in sunshine this summer morning, and Dorrance Smith, the assistant to the President for media affairs,
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Lainie Kazan Goes Back to Her Roots
NYTimes - almost 25 years
HERS is one of the musical theater's best-known real-life variations on the scenario about the understudy who goes out there a nobody and comes back a star. That happened 27 years ago, when Lainie Kazan went on for Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl," for a Wednesday matinee and evening performance, and then nevermore. So began, in media terms, what
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Lois Wyse, Grandmothers' Grandmother
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: SHE runs a business, plays tennis, wears size 6 and knows her way around Paris. SHE runs a business, plays tennis, wears size 6 and knows her way around Paris. Here's grandma in 1989, according to Lois Wyse, who happens to be one. Ms. Wyse, more widely known as an advertising executive, defines the distinguishing characteristics and sworn
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Social Events; Drama, Music and Parties
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Special Theater Benefit Nov. 7 - An evening of theater works by deaf writers and performers and an exhibition of how performers use sign language in their work will be held at the Hudson Guild, 441 West 26th Street. The evening, starting at 8, will benefit the guild's efforts to promote works by the deaf for all udiences. Special Theater
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On Stage
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Next for Epstein: 'Robbers' Next for Epstein: 'Robbers' It wasn't some enchanted evening across a crowded room but daylight in Los Angeles rounding a corner when Dasha Epstein bumped into Lyle Kessler - and her new project. Mr. Kessler, who wrote ''Orphans,'' which Mrs. Epstein co-produced, said he had another play, literally in the works. It
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Lee Guber, 67; Theater Producer And Entertainment Official, Dies
NYTimes - almost 29 years
LEAD: Lee Guber, who helped produce nearly a dozen shows on Broadway and was part of an entertainment chain that brought such performers as Judy Garland, Jack Benny, Sammy Davis Jr., Perry Como and Liberace to suburban theaters and concert halls around the country, died of brain cancer yesterday at his home on the East Side of Manhattan. Lee Guber,
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MUSIC FAIR AIMS FOR YOUNG
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: WAY before the advent of MTV and VCR's, the Westbury Music Fair, the eclectic entertainment center, was making a pitch for younger audiences. Its co-producer, Shelly Gross, even remembers the time Stevie Wonder was an opening act - he doesn't remember the act that followed - and the Doors and the Beegees played the theater in the round in the
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COLUMBIA U. PLANS MET GALA
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: Lest anyone forget that Columbia University is the Ivy League's outpost on Broadway, the institution is planning a gala tribute of show tunes at the Metropolitan Opera House April 12 to commemorate its 200th anniversary. Lest anyone forget that Columbia University is the Ivy League's outpost on Broadway, the institution is planning a gala
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THEATER; UNDERSTUDY BECOMES THE STAR IN DARIEN'S 'SUGAR BABIES'
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: TONIGHT, it's Rudy Tronto's turn to be top banana. The director and performer who staged the sketches for the revue ''Sugar Babies'' on Broadway and who understudied the star, Mickey Rooney, will be in the spotlight when the ''burlesque musical'' has its formal opening tonight at the Darien Dinner Theater. TONIGHT, it's Rudy Tronto's turn to
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BROADWAY
NYTimes - about 30 years
LEAD: THE date and the theater haven't been settled, but that's not important. What does matter is that Derek Jacobi will be returning to Broadway this fall, in Hugh Whitemore's ''Breaking the Code,'' in which he is currently starring in London's West End. THE date and the theater haven't been settled, but that's not important. What does matter is
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BROADWAY
NYTimes - about 30 years
LEAD: ANNE MILLER and Alexis Smith are now the frontrunners to replace Carole Channing and Mary Martin in ''Legends.'' If negotiations are successful, there will be a four-week hiatus when the current stars leave after the final performance in Palm Beach on Jan. 18. The new duo would begin rehearsals in mid-February for an opening ''somewhere'' the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lee Guber
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 67
    A resident of Manhattan's Upper East Side, Guber died at age 67 on March 27, 1988, at his home due to brain cancer.
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  • 1982
    Age 61
    His third marriage was in 1982 to Lois Wyse, with whom he remained married until his death.
    More Details Hide Details His stepchildren are Robert Wyse and Katherine Goldman. He has eight grandchildren. Guber enjoyed playing squash and tennis, and was described by The New York Times as "an accomplished cook" who learned his culinary skills from James Beard. He was appointed to serve on the New York State Council on the Arts in the mid-1970s.
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 47
    Their daughter Jacqueline Dena Guber was born in 1968 and adopted by the couple the same year.
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  • 1963
    Age 42
    In December 1963 Guber was married to Barbara Walters, then a reporter for NBC, beginning a marriage that lasted 13 years.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 34
    Guber went into the nightclub business, and joined his childhood friend Shelly Gross and Frank Ford in creating a musical theater in Devon, Pennsylvania in 1955 called the Valley Forge Music Fair.
    More Details Hide Details The original tent was replaced by a permanent structure, which was subsequently razed and replaced by a supermarket. The group was advised to open a second theater in Westbury, New York, a suburb of New York City, but Guber asked "Where's Long Island?" when told the proposed location. The original Westbury Music Fair was housed in a tent that was constructed on what had been the site of a lime pit, with a $1 million building constructed several years later that included 3,000 seats in a theater in the round format. Guber and Gross built their business to become one of the biggest purveyors of live entertainment, using their venues in Valley Forge and Westbury, as well as the Painters Mill Music Fair near Baltimore and the Shady Grove Music Theater near Washington, D.C. The group also operated a wax museum and advertising agency, both based in Philadelphia, and operated a theater in the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. The group brought in many star performers, including Jack Benny, Maurice Chevalier, Perry Como, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams and Stevie Wonder, along with such Broadway shows as traveling productions of Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, George M! and Man of La Mancha, to their suburban venues.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Guber was born in Philadelphia on November 20, 1920.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Central High School, where he met his future business partner Shelly Gross, when they were assigned to sit next to each other in alphabetical order. He attended Temple University, where he majored in sociology, earning bachelor's and master's degrees.
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