Entertainment News and Highlights
Poet T. S. Eliot and his former private secretary
Valerie Fischer return to London, England, after
a honeymoon following their marriage on January
Film producer Mike Todd and actress Elizabeth
Taylor were married in Acapulco, Mexico, on
February 2. It was the third marriage for both.
Actress Susan Hayward married attorney Floyd
Eaton Chalkley in Phoenix, Arizona, on February
Singer Harry Belafonte and dancer Julie
Robinson were married in Tecate, Mexico, on March
Actor Henry Fonda married Italian Contessa
Afdera Franchetti in New York City, New York, on
U.S. Olympic hammer-throwing champion Harold
Connolly and Czech Olympic women's discus
champion Olga Fiktova were married in Prague,
Czechoslovakia, on March 27.
Actress Nanette Fabray and screenwriter Ranald
MacDougall were married in New York City, New
York, on April 24.
Actor Rex Harrison and actress Kay Kendall
were married in New York City, New York, on June
Eighty-year-old cellist Pablo Casals married
Marta Montanez, a 21-year-old student, in San
Juan, Puerto Rico, on August 3.
Left: Actor Marlon Brando
married actress Anna Kashfi in Eagle Rock,
California, on October 11.
Right: Singer-actor Bing
Crosby and actress Kathy Grant arrive at Palm
Springs, California, for their honeymoon. The two
were married in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 24.
Singers Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence were
married in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 29.
Bandleader Jimmy Dorsey died in New York City,
New York, on June 12.
Motion picture producer Louis B. Mayer died in
Hollywood, California, on October 29.
Silent movie actress Norma Talmadge died in
Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 24.
Ted Shawn won the sixth annual Capezio Award
for service to the dance profession. The 1957
program marked the 25th anniversary of his
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts,
the longest, largest, and most varied dance
festival in the United States.
The San Francisco (California) Ballet,
directed by Lew Christensen, made a
round-the-world tour January 17 through March 13.
Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes of the Royal
Ballet (formerly Sadler's Wells) as they appeared
on a U.S. television production of Cinderella,
The Tenth American Dance Festival at
Connecticut College in August climazed the modern
dance season. A major attraction was the first
American appearance of German dancer Dore Hoyer.
David Blair and Svetlana Beriosova created the
roles of the Frog-Prince and Princess Belle Rose
for the Royal Ballet of Covent Garden's
production of The Prince of the Pagodas,
a 3-act production choreographed by John Cranko.
Around the World in Eighty Days,
produced by Michael Todd, won the Academy Award
for the Best Picture made in 1956.
Motion Picture News and Highlights]
The musical directors of five leading American
symphony orchestras announced their resignations
in November and December of 1957.
The first presentation of the Casals Festival
at San Juan, Puerto Rico, was considered a
success, even though cellist and festival founder
Pablo Casals suffered a heart attack just before
the first concert.
Music News and Highlights]
The Lyric Opera of Chicago began its season
(October 11) with a performance of Verdi's
"Otello." Mario del Monaco sang the
part of Otello, Tito Gobbi the part of Iago, and
Renata Tebaldi of Desdemona.
On September 3 a wired-television system
called Tele-movies was set up in Bartlesville,
Oklahoma. The system fed films from motuin
picture theaters to individual homes via coaxial
cable attached to the television receivers'
antennae. Run by Video Independent Theaters, it
charged the subscriber a flat $9.50 a month to
see 16 movies -- 13 first runs and 13 reruns.
Sid Caesar, Nanette Fabray, Robert Young, and
Loretta Young were some of the winners of Emmy
Television News and Highlights]
From mid-1956 to mid-1957 there were 83 plays
staged on Broadway and 75 productions "off
Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into
Night," starring Frederich March and
Florence Eldridge, won the Pulitzer Prize,
theDrama Critics Circle Award, and the Antoinette
Perry Award, all in 1957.
Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews and Rex
Harrison, continued its run at the Mark Hellinger
Theater through 1957, with great success.
Right: Morris Carnovsky
and Audrey Hepburn starred in an American
Shakespeare Festival production of The
Merchant of Venice at Stratford, Connecticut,
in the summer of 1957.
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