Photo Coverage: Remembering Eydie Gorme

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Famed singer, actress and Broadway star Eydie Gormé died this weekend at age 84. BroadwayWorld remembers the late legend below.

Gorme's spokesperson Howard Bragman announced the news yesterday. He said: "Legendary singer and performer Eydie Gorme passed away peacefully today at Sunrise Hospital following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death."

In his own statement, Steve Lawrence said: "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."

In addition to a storied recording and television career, she starred alongside her husband in Golden Rainbow on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, notable as being the first Broadway show to open with an advance of over $1 million dollars. The previews for Golden Rainbow began at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia on November 28, 1967, moving to its new location in New York City at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on December 27, 1967. The musical officially opened on February 4, 1968 at the Shubert, where it played until November 17, 1968. On November 19, 1968, its run resumed at the George Abbott Theatre on Broadway, where Golden Rainbow played until it closed on January 11, 1969.

According to her official iTunes artist biography, For 20 years, from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, Gormé consistently scored in the pop charts, with a parallel place in the Latin pop field from the 1960s on. She appeared on television and on the Broadway stage. And she was a major nightclub entertainer, headlining in Las Vegas showrooms and around the U.S. For most of her career, she worked both solo and in a duo with her husband, Steve Lawrence.

Photos by Walter McBride


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Photo Coverage: Remembering Eydie Gorme
Eydie Gorme attending a performance of 'Dreamgirls' at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on June 1, 1984.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eydie Gorme
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme attending a performance of 'Dreamgirls' at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on June 1, 1984.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eydie Gorme
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme attending a performance of 'Dreamgirls' at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on June 1, 1984.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eydie Gorme
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme attending a performance of 'Dreamgirls' at the Imperial Theatre in New York City on June 1, 1984.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eydie Gorme
Eydie Gorme pictured at an event in New York in 1990.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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