Wow.And no-one took a "selfie".Jx
So - it turns out June Allyson did have a figure. Who knew? And I suppose she was there and they couldn't turn her down, but odd to include Adele Astaire - she never made an MGM or any other picture. Maybe Fred wouldn't come out without her.And who's left? Nanette Fabray, George Hamilton, Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, and of course Liza...Some who could have been there but weren't: Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller, Greer Garson, Hepburn.I especially love the extra little "oohs" in the audience for Marjorie Main and Jimmy Durante. And was it just me, or were even the stars impressed to see Gloria Swanson - after all, she'd been a star back when most of them were just starstruck kids.And finally: damn but Elizabeth Taylor was beautiful. Not news, I know, but seeing her in motion makes it strike one all the more.
clusterfuck is putting it mildly....marjorie main! durante! my god!
No Ann Miller, no Mickey Rooney. Was Sugar Babies running?
This was a few years before Sugar Babies. Hard to believe Miller and Rooney weren't there!
There were quite a few absences: Miller and Rooney, as well as Lucille Ball, Lena Horne, Debbie Reynolds, Lana Turner, Jane Powell, Esther Williams and Greer Garson. I guess poor Norma Shearer was too far gone at the Motion Picture Home to attend by that point, as well. Roz Russell and Joan Crawford were also still alive and semi-kicking at that point -- this was months before the notorious Rainbow Room party where those horrid photos were taken, effectively sending Crawford into seclusion. Ann-Margret and Eleanor Parker had also made multiple films for MGM, although they weren't contract stars. Still, this always makes me a little misty-eyed. Even with some noticeable absences, that's so much star power and talent one one stage. And Zsa Zsa.
It really is a glimpse of the end of an era...
Ann Miller showed up, but fainted when she saw that f*cking mess that Margaret O'Brien was wearing. As they wheeled Ann into the ER she was muttering "Margaret, Margaret, where's the glamour, where's the mystique?" Debbie Reynolds was there (@ 6:45), but some other notable absentees were William Powell, Gloria DeHaven, Sinatra, Red Skelton, Hedy LaMarr, Peter Lawford. Why Marge Champion but not Gower? I know they divorced in '73 but WTF if Liz and Debbie can share the same stage barely one decade after Le Scandale so can the Champions.... did Swanson ever make a MGM film? She worked for Paramount, then joined United Artists.