Library of Congress Hosts Events Celebrating Careers of Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine, 3/23
American actor and comedian Danny Kaye delighted audiences in the 1940s, '50s and '60s with his lively singing and dancing-on stage, on television and in films such as "White Christmas" and "Hans Christian Andersen." His wife, Sylvia Fine, played a major role in his success, writing the music and lyrics for his songs and artfully managing and producing his engagements.
The events on March 23, which are free and open to the public, will include film screenings; remarks by and a question-and-answer session with Dena Kaye, the daughter of Kaye and Fine; and a display of items from the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection at the Library of Congress. The schedule is listed below.
The Library's exhibition, "Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn," opened Feb. 14 and runs through Saturday, July 27, 2013. Located in the Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery on the first floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., the exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The 56-item exhibition features a broad range of materials, including music holographs, typed lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, photographs, programs, recordings, videos and more.
Also in conjunction with the exhibition, the Library will launch a website on March 19 featuring 2,000 items from the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection. The Library's Music Division acquired the collection in 1992.
Schedule of Events for Saturday, March 23
In the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.:
11:00 a.m.: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947)
Introduction by Dena Kaye, with a question-and-answer session before the film
2:30 p.m.: "Hans Christian Andersen" (1952)
In the Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.:
9:00 a.m. "The Court Jester" (1955)
12:30 p.m. "Knock on Wood" (1954)
3:00 p.m. "The Five Pennies" (1959)
In the Packard Theater at the Library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va:
2 p.m. "Hans Christian Andersen" (1952)
7:30 p.m. "On the Riviera" (1951)