- Author:Sam Irvin
- Publisher:Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
- Pages:432 pages
- Subcategory:Arts & Literature
- FB2 format1445 kb
- ePUB format1391 kb
- DJVU format1685 kb
- Formats:docx doc lrf mbr
Wow! My book KAY THOMPSON: FROM FUNNY FACE TO ELOISE (Simon & Schuster) gets quite a plug in this article by Majorie Ingall in THE TABLET.
Wow! My book KAY THOMPSON: FROM FUNNY FACE TO ELOISE (Simon & Schuster) gets quite a plug in this article by Majorie Ingall in THE TABLET. Kay Thompson, Author of the Eloise Children’s Books, Had Lots of Secrets-Including Her Jewish Roots. Precocious children, fans of children’s literature, fashionistas, and anyone who loves celebrity gossip all need to skibble over to the New-York Historical Society to see Eloise at the Museum, which runs through Oct. 9. It’s full of nifty illustrations, fun memorabilia, and delicious dirt about.
Sam Irvin's book takes the reader through a kaleidoscopic tour of American show business from the 1920s through the 1970s . I'd seen Kay Thompson in Funny Face, I'd read two of the Eloise books, and wondered if that Kay Thompson were the same Kay Thompson.
Sam Irvin's book takes the reader through a kaleidoscopic tour of American show business from the 1920s through the 1970s, through an unlikely prism, the American singer, arranger, songwriter, choreographer and writer Kay Thompson. now that I've read this book (well, as soon as I saw the title!) that question was answered.
Xv, 416 . p. of plates : 25 cm. A tribute to the Hollywood uthor that covers such topics as her close friendship with Judy Garland, contributions as a celebrity trainer. A tribute to the Hollywood uthor that covers such topics as her close friendship with Judy Garland, contributions as a celebrity trainer, and creation of the mischievous six-year-old Plaza mascot, Eloise. Precocious grownup - Radio days. Think Fink : Kitty Fink becomes Kay Thompson (1909-1932) ; A face for radio : Thompson on the air (1933-1937) ; Hooray for what? : Broadway bound-and-gagged (1937-1942) - The MGM years
Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise. Kay Thompson - Sam Irvin. Like Eloise at The Plaza, Kay Thompson was a figment of the imagination.
Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise. Both were dreamed up by Kitty Fink as whimsical escapes from a mundane and sometimes painful childhood. Kitty’s father was Leo George Fink, born on January 12, 1874, in Vienna, Austria, the son of Mark Fink, a Jew from Norway, and Antoinette Antonie Steiner, a Christian from Vienna.
Kay Thompson’s larger-than-life story is an effervescent toast to show business with a shot of Auntie Mame and .
Kay Thompson’s larger-than-life story is an effervescent toast to show business with a shot of Auntie Mame and a twist of The Devil Wears Prada. A multi-threat entertainer and a world-class eccentric, Kay Thompson was the mentor/best friend of Judy Garland, the vocal guru for Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, and the godmother/Svengali of Liza Minnelli (who recreated Thompson’s nightclub act in her 2009 Tony Award–winning event, Liza’s at the Palace).
Eloise is a series of children's books written in the 1950s by Kay Thompson (1909–1998) and illustrated by Hilary Knight (b. 1926). Thompson and Knight followed up Eloise (1955) with four sequels. Eloise is a young girl who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her nanny, her pug dog, Weenie, and her turtle, Skipperdee.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.
Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise, by Sam Irvin, published in November 2010 by Simon & Schuster.
Most of her work for MGM has been preserved and released on Rhino/Turner Classic Movies original soundtrack series, including little-known contributions she did for films such as Meet the People (1944) and Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945). Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise, by Sam Irvin, published in November 2010 by Simon & Schuster.
A multi-threat entertainer and a world-class eccentric, Kay Thompson was the mentor/best friend of Judy Garland, the vocal guru for Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, and the godmother/Svengali of Liza Minnelli (who recreated Thompsons nightclub act in her 2009 Tony Awardwinning event, Lizas at the Palace).
She went to school with Tennessee Williams, auditioned for Henry Ford, got her first big break from Bing Crosby, trained Marilyn Monroe, channeled Elvis Presley, rejected Andy Warhol, rebuffed Federico Fellini, got fired by Howard Hughes, and snubbed Donald Trump.
She coached Bette Davis and Eleanor Roosevelt; she created nightclub acts for Marlene Dietrich and Ginger Rogers; and when Lucille Ball had to sing on Broadway, Kay was the wind beneath her wings, too.
Kays legion of fans included Queen Elizabeth of England, King Juan Carlos of Spain, and Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco. Danny Kaye masqueraded in drag as her; Noël Coward and Cole Porter wrote musicals for her; and The Beatles wanted to hold her hand. She was a charter member of the Rat Pack, costarred in a whodunit with Ronald Reagan, and directed John F. Kennedys Inaugural Gala.
The dame cut a wide swath through the arts. After conquering radio in the 1930s she commandeered MGMs vocal department in the 1940s, where she revolutionized the studios greatest musicals with her audacious arrangements, from The Harvey Girls to Ziegfeld Follies.
In the 1950s she became the highest-paid cabaret attraction in the world with her groundbreaking act "Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers," featuring her young protégéand secret loverAndy Williams.
In a stunning feat of reinvention, Thompson next became the bestselling author of Eloise (first published by Simon & Schuster in 1955), chronicling the mischievous adventures of the six-year-old mascot of The Plaza, spawning an industry that is still going strong today.
Then Kay took the silver screen by storm as the "Think Pink!" fashion magazine editor in Funny Face, stealing the film right out from under Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
The Thompson saga swells from small town wannabe to international headliner, dissolving into self-destruction and madnessthe storyline usually reserved for a rags-to-riches potboileryet with unexpected twists, outlandish turns, and a last-minute happy ending that, even by Hollywoods standards, is nothing short of preposterous. But that is Kay Thompson. Fascinating. Frustrating. Fabulous!