Miss Lainie Kazan!


For Aqua Velva. Of course.


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  1. Thank god it's someone with some machismo.

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  2. I clearly don't know enough about early Lainie. Here, she seems to have a vocal quality I've hitherto associated only the great Pia Zadora: the ability to sound off-key when in fact, technically, she's not.

    I was intrigued to read this description of La Kazan in James Gavin's biography of Lena Horne:

    "Singer Lainie Kazan became known as a zaftig comic yenta in such films as My Favorite Year (1982) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), but in the sixties she was a Horne-inspired, over-the-top sex kitten who took herself far more seriously than Horne ever did.”

    Based on this ad, seems about right...

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    1. I remember Miss Kazan from this period and also remember really liking her, though of course I was but a youngster at the time.

      By the way, have you read Gavin's Peggy Lee bio? I highly recommend it!!

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    2. I have. What a weird woman she was, although a very great artist. Gavin left me feeling better about her than Horne, a difficult, spiky, in many ways ungenerous woman.

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  3. i still use velva cream [which i presume] is where they milk the aqua from.

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    1. Your use of Velva Cream is legendary!

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  4. Thom or Muscato, I'd love to know what Peggy Lee's biographer said regarding her marriage to Dippety Dewey Martin, who was very cute in his day....

    As for this video. I was wheezing with laughter and had tears in my eyes within 10 seconds because of some of the notes that Ms. K. seemed to be hitting. Hilarious!

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    1. Aside from her first marriage, to Dave Barbour, it's pretty clear that Lee's ventures down the aisle were more or less mistakes. By the time she reached Martin, there was very little room in Peggy Lee's mental world for anything that wasn't, in fact, Peggy Lee. The impression one gets from the book is that he came and went pretty quickly, more or less serving only to fuel Lee's boundless self-pity; like her other husbands, he seems hapless and out of his depth, possibly in it for the money or reflected fame, but simply not up to putting up with her eccentricities and outright lunacy.

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  5. One of the (many) treasured items in our collection here at Dolores Delargo Towers is a copy of Miss Kazan's eponymous first album. Her versions of such classics as "Peel Me A Grape" and "What Now My Love?" are a wonder to behold.Jx

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