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Date Of Birth:
October 20, 1908
Date Of Death:
May 31, 2001 (92)
Birth Place:
Boston, MA, USA
 
Arlene Francis Headshot
Date of Birth: October 20, 1908
Date of Death: May 31, 2001 (92)

Birth Place: Boston, MA, USA
Stockton Civic Theatre Presents IT'S ONLY A PLAY Photo Stockton Civic Theatre Presents IT'S ONLY A PLAY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 2, 2020

Stockton Civic Theatre is pleased to present its first production of the New Year. 2020 is rolling in with a hysterical comedy by renowned American playwright Terrance McNally. It's Only a Play is set in the posh Manhattan apartment of wealthy Broadway producer Julia Budder during the opening night party of her latest play, The Golden Egg. As the celebrity guests arrive downstairs, the hostess, playwright, director, lead actress, and friends gather upstairs and anxiously await the late-night reviews. The banter is hilarious as they boast about their theatre experiences and engage in shameless, and often harsh, celebrity name dropping.

Broadway Press Agent Bob Ullman Passes Away at 97 Photo Broadway Press Agent Bob Ullman Passes Away at 97
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 8, 2019

Robert ('Bob') Ullman (left), the legendary theatre press agent, whose career included Ethel Merman and Mary Martin: Together on Broadway, A Chorus Line (from workshop to Public Theater to Broadway), Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in The Visit, Lauren Bacall in Cactus Flower, The Dining Room, Driving Miss Daisy, Sunday in the Park with George, and over 150 additional Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals, died on July 31, 2019 in Bayshore, Long Island, New York. He was 97. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Bob's death was announced by Rev. Joshua Ellis, a long-time Ullman friend, a former Broadway press agent, and now, an Interspiritual minister.

'CHASING MEM'RIES' World Premiere, Starring Tyne Daly, Opens Tonight at the Geffen Photo 'CHASING MEM'RIES' World Premiere, Starring Tyne Daly, Opens Tonight at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

The World Premiere of Chasing Mem'ries: A Different Kind of Musical, starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly and featuring new and original songs by award-winning lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman, plays an extended run at the Gil Cates Theater at The Geffen Playhouse through Sunday, December 17, 2017. Opening night is tonight, November 15.

'CHASING MEM'RIES' World Premiere, Starring Tyne Daly, Extends at the Geffen Photo 'CHASING MEM'RIES' World Premiere, Starring Tyne Daly, Extends at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

The World Premiere of Chasing Mem'ries: A Different Kind of Musical, starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly and featuring new and original songs by award-winning lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman, will extend for one week in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse and run through Sunday, December 17, 2017.

FLASH FRIDAY: Broadway Meets Baseball When Willie Mays Visits WHAT'S MY LINE
by Michael Dale - Apr 8, 2016

Can you guess which Broadway star was a big fan of the New York Giants' great center fielder?

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Eli Wallach & Cast Of LUV Show Game Faces
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 26, 2014

Today, in honor of the passing of legendary stage and screen star Eli Wallach we shine a light on a delightful vintage clip from way back in 1965.

AboutFACE Ireland to Present Orson Welles' A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/20-22
by Tyler Peterson - Nov 17, 2013

AboutFACE Ireland will be presenting Orson Welles' Christmas Carol, a new play for Christmas for the whole family, at the Powerscourt Theatre in Dublin, for 5 performances only, December 20th-22nd 2013. Written by Paul Nugent, it tells a fictionalized account, based on true events, of the Christmas Eve 1938 night where, in CBS Radio Studio 1, the young radio superstar Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air are set to perform their eagerly awaited weekly 60-minute version of a classic; tonight it's “A Christmas Carol.” Only things aren't too Christmassy: it's ten minutes to ON-AIR and legendary Scrooge Lionel Barrymore has fallen sick, and now 23-year-old Orson has to step into his shoes; plus the script still isn't right, Orson's on the rampage, his cast are revolting after three days of rehearsing without sleep, and the pressure's on after the success of “War of the Worlds”: the Nation awaits and Hollywood's watching! Will this Christmas Carol have a happy ending?

Lost Orson Welles' TOO MUCH JOHNSON, Found in Italy
by Christina Mancuso - Aug 8, 2013

George Eastman House, together with the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF), the Cineteca del Friuli, and Cinemazero today announced the recovery of Mercury Theatre's long-lost Too Much Johnson, directed by Orson Welles in 1938. The silent film was found in a warehouse by the staff of Cinemazero, an art house in Pordenone, Italy.

GSN's MATCH GAME Marathon to Premiere Christmas Day with Two New Episodes
by Tyler Peterson - Dec 18, 2012

This Christmas, GSN will honor the 50th anniversary of one of the most enduring and memorable classic shows, MATCH GAME, by airing a marathon on Tuesday, December 25th from 8:00am ET to 5:00pm ET that includes two episodes that have never been seen on television.

WHAT'S MY LINE, I'VE GOT A SECRET Air on GSN, Beginning Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 17, 2012

GSN has announced the two-week return of 'Late Night Black and White,' a showcase of fan-favorite classic games. Weekdays from tonight, December 17th - 28th, GSN will add two of TV's most popular panel shows to its lineup with the broadcast of 'What's My Line?' at 2:00 am ET and 'I've Got A Secret' at 2:30 am ET.

GSN to Bring Back Classic Game Shows WHAT'S MY LINE? and I'VE GOT A SECRET Beginning 12/17
by - Dec 14, 2012

GSN has announced the two-week return of 'Late Night Black and White,' a showcase of fan-favorite classic games. Weekdays from December 17th - 28th, GSN will add two of TV's most popular panel shows to its lineup with the broadcast of 'What's My Line?' at 2:00 am ET and 'I've Got A Secret' at 2:30 am ET.

WHAT'S MY LINE, I'VE GOT A SECRET to Air on GSN, Beg. 12/17
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 14, 2012

GSN has announced the two-week return of "Late Night Black and White," a showcase of fan-favorite classic games. Weekdays from December 17th - 28th, GSN will add two of TV's most popular panel shows to its lineup with the broadcast of "What's My Line?" at 2:00 am ET and "I've Got A Secret" at 2:30 am ET.

AboutFACE Ireland Presents the World Premiere of ORSON WELLES' CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 22 & 23
by Kelsey Denette - Dec 6, 2012

It's Christmas Eve 1938 at CBS Studio 1 in New York City, and radio superstar Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air are set to perform their eagerly awaited weekly 60-minute version of a classic; tonight it's "A Christmas Carol." Only things aren't too Christmassy: it's ten minutes to ON-AIR and legendary Scrooge Lionel Barrymore has fallen sick, and now 23-year-old Orson has to step into his shoes; plus the script still isn't right, Orson's on the rampage, his cast are revolting after three days of rehearsing without sleep, and the pressure's on after the success of "War of the Worlds": the Nation awaits and Hollywood's watching! Will this Christmas Carol have a happy ending?

InDepth InterView: Anita Gillette Talks BYE BYE BIRDIE, 30 ROCK, Birdland, Golden Age & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 12, 2012

Today we are talking to a celebrated comedienne and actress known for her decades-spanning career on screens and stages large and small - from making her Broadway debut in the original Jerome Robbins production of GYPSY on Broadway in 1960 to her many musical roles throughout the 60s to her countless game show and variety show appearances following that all the way to creating an unforgettable character in MOONSTRUCK in the 1980s, as well as her subsequent oft-Neil Simon stage work; now, playing Tina Fey's sweet and daffy mom on NBC's 30 ROCK and, most recently, appearing in Nora & Celia Ephron's LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE and the Playwright's Horizons premiere production of THE BIG MEAL in the new millennium - the one of a kind Anita Gillette. Analyzing her nearly sixty-year career and sharing candid stories of her brushes with some of Broadway and Hollywood's brightest talents - Jule Styne to Ethel Merman to Irving Berlin to Burt Lancaster and beyond - Gillette paints a vivid portrait of the tail end of the Golden Age of Broadway and the heady game show days of TV in the 1960s and 70s to her lauded stage work with Neil Simon and many of the great comedy and musical writers in the years since. Additionally, Gillette and I discuss her current essaying of the role of Mae Peterson in the new Regal Music Theatre production of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams's BYE BYE BIRDIE in Massachusetts as she looks towards opening night tomorrow and relates her joy in participating in a production that has some behind-the-scenes help by her loving granddaughter (while another attends their summer camp). Plus, Gillette's observations on sharing a soundstage with Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Elaine Stritch and Buck Henry for a recent 30 ROCK shoot, reflections on her fondest and most celebrated comedy roles, hilarious memories of appearing in some short-running flops (JIMMY, SKYSKRAPER) as well as in some big hits (GYPSY), her upcoming series of master classes titled "Life In The Business", her return to Birdland with her concert show, AFTER ALL, her role in an upcoming Ed Burns film and maybe even a role in a new Alexander Payne film - all of that, all about attending the Diamond Jubilee celebration in the United Kingdom and much, much more!

BROADWAY RECALL: Looking Back With Marilyn Maye and Jerry Herman
by Michael Dale - Nov 12, 2011

With Marilyn Maye wrapping up her Jerry Herman tribute at Feinstein's, let's take a look back at both of them in the 1960s.

Andrea Martin to Hold Dramatic Reading for TD Canadian Children's Book Week, 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2009

On Sunday, November 22nd, Tony Award winner and Broadway star Andrea Martin will be live in the National Arts Centre Theatre in Ottawa to read aloud Mordecai Richler's classic children's story, 'Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang' for one special afternoon. The reading, abridged by David S. Craig and presented in association with TD Canadian Children's Book Week, is part of the NAC English Theatre's Family 3 series. An exciting event for families, as parents will take pleasure as they watch their children enthralled with Ms. Martin exciting reading as young Jacob is brought to life.

Andrea Martin to Hold Dramatic Reading for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, 11/22
by Jeff Dennhardt - Oct 28, 2009

On Sunday, November 22nd, Tony Award winner and Broadway star Andrea Martin will be live in the National Arts Centre Theatre in Ottawa to read aloud Mordecai Richler's classic children's story, 'Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang' for one special afternoon. The reading, abridged by David S. Craig and presented in association with TD Canadian Children's Book Week, is part of the NAC English Theatre's Family 3 series. An exciting event for families, as parents will take pleasure as they watch their children enthralled with Ms. Martin exciting reading as young Jacob is brought to life.

TCM To Air 'All My Sons' Movie Today, 8/20
by Faetra Petillo - Aug 20, 2008

Turner Classic Movies will be airing the 1948 film version of Arthur Miller's play All My Sons today, August 20th 2008 at 11:45 am. Check your local listing for showtimes and channel information. The airing is to celebrate the life and work of Edward G. Robinson who starred in the film as Joe Keller.

TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2008

Legendary designers John Conklin and Robert Fletcher are among the recipients of the 2008 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. For his achievements as both a costume and set designer, John Conklin will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards' special Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. Acclaimed costume designer Robert Fletcher, who also produced, performed and designed sets, will receive the 2008 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Friday, March 28, at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.

Producer Michael Abbott Dies at 81
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2008

Michael Abbott, a long-time television, film, and theatre producer who produced the first New York production of Stalag 17 in 1951, died of cancer on Thursday January 24, 2008 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 81.

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