Alice Ghostley

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Imogene told Leonard Sillman about her, and he put her in his annual revue ''New Faces'' of 1952 where she had a hit with her rendition of the song "The Boston Beguine".  They played Broadway for a year, and then toured to a 28-week engagement in Chicago, followed up by stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Four of the other aspiring members of the revue that year were [[Paul Lynde]], [[Ronny Graham]], [[Robert Clary]] and [[Eartha Kitt]], and one of the writers, in his first work for the Broadway theater, [[Mel Brooks]].  The tour was so successful, that "New Faces" was made into a Cinemascope production, and Alice again was a co-star as was Eartha Kitt, but Paul Lynde's name does not appear in the advertisement.  As amateurs, she and her sister Gladys once did an act together and were given the eerie-sounding billing of "The Ghostley Sisters."
 
Imogene told Leonard Sillman about her, and he put her in his annual revue ''New Faces'' of 1952 where she had a hit with her rendition of the song "The Boston Beguine".  They played Broadway for a year, and then toured to a 28-week engagement in Chicago, followed up by stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Four of the other aspiring members of the revue that year were [[Paul Lynde]], [[Ronny Graham]], [[Robert Clary]] and [[Eartha Kitt]], and one of the writers, in his first work for the Broadway theater, [[Mel Brooks]].  The tour was so successful, that "New Faces" was made into a Cinemascope production, and Alice again was a co-star as was Eartha Kitt, but Paul Lynde's name does not appear in the advertisement.  As amateurs, she and her sister Gladys once did an act together and were given the eerie-sounding billing of "The Ghostley Sisters."
  
Her act, as reported in one of her obituary's : "Appearing in horn-rimmed glasses and dressed in a frumpy black sweater, she stumbled across the stage as a bewildered, sexually repressed young woman, crooning to a beguine beat about her ill-fated romance with a Harvard man, underneath a 'Voodoo moon' in Boston."
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Her act, as reported many years later consisted of : "Appearing in horn-rimmed glasses and dressed in a frumpy black sweater, she stumbled across the stage as a bewildered, sexually repressed young woman, crooning to a beguine beat about her ill-fated romance with a Harvard man, underneath a 'Voodoo moon' in Boston."
  
<table><tr><td>At the Fireside Inn in New York City, where she was singing, Alice met Italian-born actor Felice Antonio Orlandi in 1951.  He had been born in 1924 in Avezzano, Italy.  She stated in one interview that she proposed to him and he accepted after several months.  They married near the end of 1951.  In their first few years of marriage, Alice went on-the-road in ''New Faces'' and was gone for six months.  They remained married until his death in 2003.
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<table><tr><td>At the Fireside Inn in New York City, where she was singing, Alice met Italian-born actor Felice Antonio Orlandi in 1951.  He had been born in 1924 in Avezzano, Italy.  She stated in one interview that she proposed to him and he accepted after several months.  They married in the Autumn of 1951.  In their first few years of marriage, Alice went on-the-road in ''New Faces'' and was gone for six months.
  
 
Alice and Felice appeared together in a show called "All In One" in 1955,  although in different bits.  She got to sing opera in one bit, and Felice played in Tennessee William's one-actor "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" in another bit in the same show.
 
Alice and Felice appeared together in a show called "All In One" in 1955,  although in different bits.  She got to sing opera in one bit, and Felice played in Tennessee William's one-actor "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" in another bit in the same show.
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</td><td>http://www.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2006/71/7489936_114223478208.jpg Felice Orlandi</td></tr></table>
 
</td><td>http://www.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2006/71/7489936_114223478208.jpg Felice Orlandi</td></tr></table>
  
For her work in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" she received a Tony Award.  Although Alice had many roles on television and film, she never was cast in a starring position.  She is most remembered today for her television roles as "Alice" on ''Mayberry, R.F.D.'', as "Esmerelda" on ''Bewitched'' and as "Bernice Clifton" on ''Designing Women''
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For her work in the 1965 "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" she received a Tony Award.  Although Alice had many roles on television and film, she never was cast in a starring position.  She is most remembered today for her television roles as "Alice" on ''Mayberry, R.F.D.'', as "Esmerelda" on ''Bewitched'' and as "Bernice Clifton" on ''Designing Women''
  
 
===Middle Career===
 
===Middle Career===

Revision as of 15:39, 6 August 2008

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