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Phyllis Jeanne Creore Westerman
"Miss Television 1939"
Original "Canteen Girl"

Passed peacefully 100 years young
October 3, 2016
NYTimes Obit, October 6, 2016
A Life Well-Lived - NBC

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At her lovely, well-attended memorial, October 15 at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Kathy Conry led our group singing Phyllis' signature song, This Is My Wish, and Michele Mason spoke on behalf of our women 

MARION RAGSDALE
Passed Nov. 14, 2015 
pictured below at her 90th in 2014

ALICE MIDDLETON
Passed 2015 
pictured below with her husband, Arthur Anderson at our Centennial.

Many of us were present at Alice's memorial and again turned up when Arthur passed a year later.  Both are dearly missed . . .
Daughter, AMY RAGSDALE, 2017 has this to say:
"In many ways, I have no doubt, the Rehearsal Club saved my mothers life. Marion found a haven and a family that she most likely had never known, or ever would. Viva la Club!"

It's also noted that Marion submitted her story on Anna Russell for our Cinderella book literally on her deathbed.  Then requested donations be made in her name to our documentary.  May she rest in peace.

REMEMBERING DONNA DOUGLAS!
1933 - 2015
(pictured right promoting Bells Are Ringing 1960)

Donna, a Rehearsal Club Alum, has supported all of us from the very beginning as part of our press kit. Betty Biggers Galvano, too, remembers her fondly in her upcoming memoir as part of our book, tentatively titled "Cinderellas of West 53rd Street."

Donna Douglas, best known for her role as the tomboy daughter Elly May Clampett on the 1960s fish-out-of-water CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, died on New Year's Day, according to WAFB Channel 9 in Louisiana, which cited family members. The actress was 81.

Mary Jane Granum 92
 Feb. 02, 1921- May 05, 2013

Featured in our "Cinderella" Book

Ramona Brooks   (1951 - 2014)

​​(RC 74-5) Ramona L. Brooks (Stubblefield), 63, whose talent shone on the Broadway stage and as one of Barry Manilow's Flashy Ladies, died from cancer, according to her brother Glenn, on June 2 in Heartland Hospice in Oregon.
See more at: Obituary on Toledo Blade
View on www.legacy.com
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Barbara Murphy Vigliano
1923 - 2013

LORI MARCH 1923 - 2013

Lori March Scourby, an actress known as the "First Lady of Daytime Television" for her decades of work in serials, has died. She was 90. The wife of the late Alexander Scourby, an actor and narrator of numerous audiobooks including the King James Bible, died in her sleep on March 19.

As Lori March, she played Valerie Hill Ames Northcoate on CBS’ THE SECRET STORM from 1964 to 1974 (Alexander played her husband on the show for a couple of years).

Many of our women attended Barbara's mass and viewing in New York.  Kathy Conry brought a Calla lilly plant with a lovely note that the "Calla lilies are always in bloom for Barbara" -- perfectly representative of the women of the RC.

ELIZABETH KEMP
​1951 -2017

PAULETTE ATTIE
​1936 - 2009

Well-respected acting coach, member of Actors Studio with a long line of professional credits including Broadway, daytime dramas and everything in between.  Equally important, however, was how greatly loved she was by her Rehearsal Club sisters, her many students, Actors Studio members and other Manhattan Plaza residents who knew her and her dog, Pearl, as family.
Paulette was one of the ladies invited to tea back in 2006 when we first came together.  Fans continue to maintain a site dedicated to her memory: www.pauletteattie.com  The portrait above was done by Peter Max

JAN OWEN
​1921 -2017

Melissa Taylor MacKenzie
Died 2003

FANCES YEEND
​1913 -2008

An American classical soprano who had an active international career as a concert and opera singer during the 1940s through the 1960s.

ANNA RUSSELL
​1911 -2006
Frances, Bibi & Anna were great pals - Russell became known for her deadpan humour, including her disbelieving emphasis of the absurd in well accepted stories and her mockery of
pretension.

BETSY KAY FINCH
​1926 -2019
Former Rockette, Betsy ran Betsye Kay's School of Dance in Lakeland, FL, wrote for the Lakeland Ledger & was active in much theater in the area.

Her daughter, Alexis, has formed a foundation funding deserving high school seniors in the Lakeland, FL area, majoring in dance or musical theatre at post-secondary institutions.
Contact:  [email protected]

BIBI OSTERWALD
​1920 -2002

"Heart & soul of the RC - laughing, joking and kind-hearted." - Marie Howard

PATTI PARSONS
1931-1979
We are saddened to learn of the death of Patti Parsons Marmer on March 4, 1979 at age 47.
 
Patti, from Montreal, was at the Club in intervals, about 1952-1959. She played Sylvie in the 1953-54 Broadway revival and tour of Oklahoma, and was in the 1958 NBC-TV show County Fair. She married television writer Mike Marmer in 1959 and moved to Los Angeles.
 
It was Patti who introduced her Club roommate, dancer Jane Hennessy, to Bob Wintz, in 1954. Bob and Jane were married in 1956, and became the parents of Bonnie Wintz Boroian (RC 1979).
 
Bob tells us, “After my father, Julie Wintz [of MCA] died in 1953, a Broadway Night Life writer devoted an entire column to him and our family. His words: ‘You loved him, we loved him, everybody loved him-including God or He wouldn’t have sent for him so soon. There must have been some special above for which he was needed.’ That is how Jane and I will remember Patti.



JOAN BISHOP
1923-2010
We’re saddened to report that we’ve learned that Joan Bishop passed away at her home in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY on February 18, 2010 at age 86.  She lived at the RC at intervals between 1946 and 1951.

Chicago-born Joan began her professional career as a thirteen-year-old musical prodigy on the popular national NBC Radio show The Quiz Kids.  In addition to radio, Joan’s later work included Broadway, opera performances at Carnegie Hall, television, and nightclubs.

In a conversation about the Club in 2008, Joan said, “I loved it! I’d go away and come back. I probably hit every room in the place.” 

CAROL RILEY-DeANGELIS
1943-2020
​RC 1961

Thank you to RC Alum, Maria Mallman for reporting the news from Carol's son who said she fell while washing a window and experienced a brain hemorrhage.  It was only a year ago that she was still teaching Belly Dancing in Tampa under the name of Kalizara.   
 
Carol had a lengthy nightclub dance career backing up Durante and Sophie Tucker and had life-long dance friends/partners with some who went on to be Rockettes such as one of our partners, Diane Bateman.  

Carol (lower left) performing with Jimmy Durante.

MARSHA KRAMER
​1945 -2020
Marsha had a lengthy career in the entertainment industry and did everything from Broadway to voice work to key supporting roles in sitcoms, however, when she passed suddenly after a heroic battle with cancer, this sisterhood lost a bit of our soul.  Her friendship and support from our very inception will long be remembered.

In her own words regarding living at the RC (excerpt from the yet-to-be-published memoir): "You could be by yourself if you chose, but you were never alone." The women she met at the RC remained friends for life.  When the RC was demolished in 1979, Marsha walked by the empty lot, "stood across the street, took pictures and cried. No one even gave me a second glance -- nothing is odd in NY."  

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Actors and Others for Animals is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of animals.

Marsha was passionate about animal rights, working closely with this organization.  Click on the pic to donate in her name.

Valentine Memories 2020