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An Introduction to the Dorothy Loudon Papers

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I too am old enough to admit to seeing "Jerry's Girls" in the day. What struck me then and now is: With Dorothy Loudon's formidable talents, what kept her from getting more major roles on Broadway? Was it circumstance/karma, i.e., her age at the time of her peak? Was it her TV involvement (Garry Moore)? I watch her "Vodka" number, plus the two-tune Sondheim medley, on YouTube frequently to raise my spirits. Why did she not have a bigger/grander/more-deserved Broadway career? Maybe she just didn't want to work? I know not. Please advise!
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I would LOVE to see those scrapbooks. I'm obsessed with that 50's and 60's New York world of Broadway and TV variety shows. Wish I'd been a part of it!
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I also saw Jerry Girls. A few times. I loved going to that theater and watching all the divas work it. The last performance I saw was the Friday before Chitas car accident. We used to get comps thru NYU.. so I was always at the St James.
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An Introduction to the Dorothy Loudon Papers#28
Posted: 12/8/12 at 10:00am
And now you can! All of Dorothy Loudon's scrapbooks have been scanned and put online as part of a digital exhibition. We (NYPL) also have her scripts for ANNIE, ANNIE 2, The Ashes of Mrs. Reasoner, West Side Waltz and a script for Fig Leaves are Falling (from another collection).
There's also an audio recording of a variety show, with lyrics by Fred Ebb, at a summer camp in 1959.

Dorothy Loudon Collection at NYPL
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An Introduction to the Dorothy Loudon Papers#29
Posted: 12/8/12 at 10:57am
Miranda, Like Maureen Stapleton, Loudon had a serious alcohol problem which impeded her working later in life. Like most great comedians, she had a tragic side that belied her outward personae.
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dreside, thank you so much for sharing that with us! It's beautiful!
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