Sunday, 4 September 2016

Hold back, hold back



Lordy.

The most glittering of all our Patron Saints here at Dolores Delargo Towers blows out eighty-five candles today!

Miss Mitzi Gaynor (for it is she) has shimmied, shaken and high-kicked her way through myriad musicals, TV specials and award ceremonies in her long, long career - her screen legacy includes such classics as My Blue Heaven, There's No Business Like Show Business, Anything Goes, Les Girls and, of course, South Pacific, and she still makes occasional stage appearances to this day!

However, it is for this moment of choreographed uber-campery - possibly one of my favourite clips, ever - that we celebrate her the most...

Here's the timeless Let Go!



Many happy returns, Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber, aka Mitzi Gaynor (born 4th September 1931)

[See also our tribute to Miss Mitzi in the Dolores Delargo Towers Museum of Camp, on the occasion of her 80th]

6 comments:

  1. Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber no wonder she changed her name but you just gotta love her.
    Fab video.

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    1. Unlike some other famous Hungarians (i.e. the Gabors) she actually has true talent! Jx

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  2. Mitz is still marvellous, and she worked with 2 of my legends: MM and Kay Kendall. She is super in THERES NO BIZ LIKE SHOWBIZ - and she does a spot-on impression of Marilyn in her cabaret act and interviews, and she will always be a LES GIRL. Surprisingly though, SOUTH PACIFIC was her last main role - she did a few minor movies after (SURPRISE PACKAGE was excruciating when I finally saw it a year or two ago) but nothing of note, no wonder she turned to TV and her spectacular shows.

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    1. Apparently Howard Hughes bought her five acres of land in Las Vegas when it was still just a desert backwater - so you can imagine how much money that was worth! I guess after that, she could more-or-less choose her own career... Jx

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  3. Loved watching her TV specials growing up. Glad she's not forgotten.

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    1. How could anyone neglect dear Mitzi? Jx

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