Entertainment News and Highlights, 1960
On April 29, disc jockey Dick Clark denied in
testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on
Legislative Oversight that he had accepted
"payola" from record companies.
A June 12 settlement of a contract dispute
between Actors Equity and the League of New York
Theatres ended a 10-day blackout of Broadway
On Octber 17, Charles Van Doren and 13 other
top television quiz show winners were arrested in
New York, New York, on charges of 2nd degree
The American Ballet Theatre became the first
U.S. dance company to appear in the Soviet Union
on September 13, 1960, when it began a six-week
engagement with a gala performance at the
Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow.
"Modern" ballets performed during the
tour included Anthony Tudor's Lilac Garden,
Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, Jerome Robbins' Fancy
Free, and Michel Fokine's Bluebeard.
The company also performed a number of
"traditional" ballets, including Les
Sylphides, Swan Lake, and Don
Left: A Moscow audience gives the American
Ballet Company a standing ovation following its
performance of David Lichine's 1940 ballet Graduation
Right: Margot Fonteyn
and Michael Somes of the Royal Ballet of England
rehearse for a television production of Cinderella,
which aired in April.
A scene from the Roland Petit production of Carmen
presented by the Royal Danish Ballet at the
Copenhagen Royal Theatre in January.
Ben Hur, Charlton Hesston, and Simone
Signoret were among the winners at the
Academy Awards ceremony on April 4.
The Screen Actors Guild ended a month-long
strike on April 8th after film studios agreed to
pay actors a percentage of profits on films begun
after January 31, 1961, and to a wage increase
and fringe benefits.
Top-grossing films of the year included Spartacus,
Psycho, Exodus, and Swiss
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A revue built around the
writings and sketches of humorist James Thurber, A
Thurber Carnival, opened at the ANTA
Theatre in New York City on February 26, 1960. In
addition to Thurber himself (in 88 performances,
dictating letters in one skit), the cast included
Tom Ewell, Peggy Cass, Paul Ford, and Alice
Ghostley. The skits, with the Don Elliott Quartet
providing the musical accompaniment, stressed the
humor and sharp-edged sense of observation in
Thurbers drawings, and his profound
affection for his fellow men.
Left: James Thurber, whose eysight was
failing, recreates with a flashlight one of his
famous dog drawings (the photograph was made by
means of a double expsoure).
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