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Jill Haworth Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 6th, 2011
2011
Jan 6

OBITUARY

Jill Haworth, Original Sally in ‘Cabaret,’ Dies at 65

 

 

By Bruce Weber
New York Times
January 5, 2011

 

Jill Haworth, a British-born film ingénue in the 1960s who made her only Broadway appearance as the original Sally Bowles in “Cabaret,” died Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 65.

 

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Hideko Takamine Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 6th, 2011
2011
Jan 6

OBITUARY

Hideko Takamine dies at 86; one of Japan’s leading screen actresses

 

 

A child star in the 1930s, Hideko Takamine went on to perform in more than 300 films. During the post-World War II era, she played a variety of contemporary women who captured the tenor of the times.

 

By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2011

 

Hideko Takamine, a child star in Japan in the 1930s who became one of her country’s leading screen actresses during the post- World War II era, in which she played a variety of contemporary women who captured the tenor of the times, has died. She was 86.

 

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Miriam Seegar’s Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 6th, 2011
2011
Jan 6

OBITUARY 

Miriam Seegar Whelan, actress who became interior designer, was 103

 

 

Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2011

 

Miriam Seegar Whelan, 103, an actress from the early days of talking films who was married to director Tim Whelan, died Sunday of age-related causes at her home in Pasadena, said her daughter-in-law Harriet Whelan.

 

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Elizabeth ‘Dolly’ Funk’s Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 6th, 2011
2011
Jan 6

OBITUARY

Elizabeth ‘Dolly’ Funk, 104, vaudeville singer

 

  

 

Elizabeth “Dolly” Funk, 104, a former vaudeville singer, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Wesley Enhanced Living at Pilgrim Gardens in Northeast Philadelphia. Mrs. Funk’s father, Benjamin Pangborn, was a drummer, and her mother, Elizabeth, was a French horn player. After her father died in 1914, her mother married Al Delmont, who played a variety of instruments.

   

While her mother and Delmont toured in musical comedy acts, Mrs. Funk and her brother, Harry, spent their childhood split among their grandmother’s home in England and family homes in Philadelphia and New York City. At 17, she was singing solo and in vaudeville acts with her extended family. At 5-foot-1 and 100 pounds, she was billed as “The Little Girl with the Big Mouth.” She insisted she couldn’t sing that well but could sing loud, a valuable trait in the era before amplification, a longtime friend, Harry Adamson, said. Mrs. Funk worked playbills with many well-known vaudevillians, including Bob Hope, Buster Keaton, Milton Berle, and Eddie Cantor.  In the 1930s, she was appearing at Ford’s Theatre in Washington when a car arrived to take her to the White House to sing “Happy Birthday to You” to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The entertainer who was supposed to perform for the president’s party had been detained.

  

Mrs. Funk began a nightclub career in 1939, singing in East Coast clubs, including the Cadillac Cafe and the Walton Hotel’s Rooftop Club in Philadelphia and the Club Madrid in Atlantic City. She told Adamson: “I pawned many a ring or bracelet to get a new gown to sing in, and I always had a pale pink spotlight.” In the 1940s, Mrs. Funk purchased a home in North Philadelphia. After retiring from show business, she worked in the jewelry department at John Wanamaker for 10 years until 1983. She was widowed three times. Her first husband was a singer, Gleason Goree. He died in 1931. Their daughter, Elizabeth, died at 3. Her second husband, Jack Feldman, was a violinist. He died in 1945, and several years later she married Raymond Funk, also a violinist. After he died in 1962, Mrs. Funk stayed in their house in North Philadelphia, where she cared for her mother, a brother, and a friend, Lesley Kelley, until their deaths. She moved to Pilgrim Gardens in 1995.

  

Almost to the end, “Dolly was a great storyteller and a dearly engaging woman,” Adamson said. Mrs. Funk had no immediate survivors. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Chelten Hills Cemetery, 1701 E. Washington Lane.

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