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Musical Monday in LA: Anne Jeffreys, Jane Kean, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison & Charlotte Rae

December 13, 2012

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Clockwise from top left: Pat Marshall, Anne Jeffreys, Jane Kean, Patricia Morison and Charlotte Rae. Photo: Scott Appel.

On Monday night, five Grandes Dames of musical theatre with over 357 years of experience between them – Anne Jeffreys, Jane Kean, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison and Charlotte Rae – joined together to present our latest Musical Monday event at Los Angeles’ historic Pantages Theater: Ladies of an Indeterminate Age. These fantastically talented Ladies performed favorite songs from their legendary careers, shared anecdotes about their co-stars, directors and composers, and even strayed a bit to share tales of their wicked (or not-so-wicked) adventures in the great tradition of No Business Like Show Business.

Among the 20 musical selections presented during the evening were standards from the women’s numerous combined hits such as “Getting to Know You,” “I Feel a Song Coming On,” How Are Things in Glova Morra,” Before The Parade Passes By,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “The Man I Love,” “That’s All I Ask of You,” and Brush Up On Your Shakespeare.” BroadwayWorld.com reported:

Jane Kean remarked, “My mother always dreamed of my appearing at the Pantages … Well mother, at least I made it to the lobby.” Patricia Morison shared how she was fired from her first job, but cried so hard, they gave her a walk on.” Pat Marshall joked about her numerous relationships, but added that they resulted in her greatest achievements with five children and eight grand-children as well s great-grandchildren. Dripping in enough faux diamonds to make Carol Channing jealous, Anne Jeffreys expressed her only regret was her ill fated perfomance in the title role of Jerry Herman‘s Mame, scheduled to open … and subsequently closed … on September 11, 2001 after 19 hijackers took control of four commercial airliners. Charlotte Rae, whose height gave levity to the evening as she playfully battled with lowering the performance mic shared with her taller companions said, “I seem to be shrinking … but I’m still above ground.”

The Pantages’ glorious art deco lobby absolutely shimmered during this evening of nostalgia, and we thought we’d share some of the photos from this wonderful event! Thanks again to these amazing actors for so generously giving their time and talents to support The Actors Fund!

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Fund President Joseph Benincasa greeted guests, and showed off our specially designed Christopher Radko holiday ornament! Photo: Scott Appel.

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Fund Western Region Director Keith McNutt was also on hand to welcome our guests. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Senior VP of the Wells Fargo foundation Jonathan Weedman welcomed the crowd. Wells Fargo was a generous sponsor of the evening. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Evening’s co-producer, director and moderator John Bowab (also a member of our Western Council) quipped of our Ladies: “They have over 357 years of successful theatre between them!” Photo: Scott Appel.

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Charlotte Rae. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Charlotte donated a signed CD for auction from The Threepenny Opera, 1954 Off-Broadway production, where she played Mrs. Peachum! Photo: Scott Appel.

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Anne Jeffreys. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Anne donated a signed DVD of the November 26, 1955 televised production of Rodgers & Hart’s Dearest Enemy, in which she co-starred with Cyril Ritchard, Robert Sterling, and Cornelia Otis Skinner. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Pat Marshall. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Pat donated a signed DVD of the 1947 MGM musical Good News, in which she co-starred with June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Mel Tormé, and Joan McCracken.

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Jane Kean had the audience in stitches, remarking of her appearance at our Musical Monday in the beautiful Pantages Theatre lobby: “My mother always dreamed of my appearing at the Pantages … Well mother, at least I made it to the lobby.” Photo: Scott Appel.

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Our beautiful Ladies of an Indeterminate Age. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Evening’s co-producer (and our Western Council member) Martin Wiviott with Ruta Lee & Webb Lowe. Photo: Scott Appel.

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“Facts of Life” reunion! Geri Jewell and Charlotte Rae. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Clockwise from upper left: Anne Jeffreys, Nick Verros, Jane Kean, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison and Charlotte Rae. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Clockwise from upper left: Anne Jeffreys, Daniel Sheehan III, Jane Kean, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison and Charlotte Rae. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Clockwise from upper left: Anne Jeffreys, Western Council member Budd Friedman, Jane Kean, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison and Charlotte Rae. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Clockwise from upper left: Nancy Dussault, Geri Jewell, Mary Jo Catlett, Karen Morrow, Jane Kean, Pat Marshall, Patricia Morison, Charlotte Rae and Anne Jeffreys. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Front row l-r: Anne Jeffreys, Charlotte Rae, Patricia Morison, Pat Marshall & Jane Kean. Back row l-r: Western Council Member Martin Wiviott, Fund President Joe Benincasa, Western Council Member B. Harlan Boll, Fund Western Region Director Keith McNutt, Trustee Kate Edelman Johnson, Western Council Member David Rambo, Western Council Member Barbara Allyne Bennet, Events Director Louie Anchondo, Western Council Member John Bowab, Guest & Trustee Jomarie Ward. Photo: Scott Appel

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Clockwise from upper left: Martin Wiviott, Pat Marshall, Anne Jeffreys, Jane Kean, John Bowab, Patricia Morison and Charlotte Rae. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Our co-producers joined by Ms. Jeffreys! Martin Wiviott, Anne Jeffreys and John Bowab. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Anne Jeffreys and John Bowab. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Fund President Joseph P. Benincasa, Anne Jeffreys, and Fund Trustee Kate Edelman Johnson. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Anne Jeffreys, Jonathan Weedman and Ruta Lee. Photo: Scott Appel.

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Western Council member David Rambo with Fund Events & Membership Manager Meg Thomas. Photo: Scott Appel.

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