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After the Dust Settles: Mary Wickes Week Wrap-Up and a Special Announcement!

After the Dust Settles: Mary Wickes Week Wrap-Up and a Special Announcement!
Thank you to everyone who read my blogs during Mary Wickes Week! This was one of the most pleasureful writing experiments I’ve every done and I’m so happy that I’ve got such positive feedback from it all! You can consider this blog entry a “table of contents” for the project, for those of you who... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#7): Mary Meets Walt Disney and My Nostalgic Connection to Miss Mary Wickes

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#7): Mary Meets Walt Disney and My Nostalgic Connection to Miss Mary Wickes
Today is, sadly, the final day of what has been one of the most entertaining, challenging, and rewarding weeks of my life. For seven days straight we have celebrated the life and work for famed character actress Mary Wickes. In this final installment, I will share with you the projects Mary participated in with The... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#6): Mary and Lucille Ball - Treasures from a friendship with TV's favorite redhead

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#6): Mary and Lucille Ball - Treasures from a friendship with TV's favorite redhead
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes has its penultimate edition today with a look at the treasures of the friendship between Mary and Lucille Ball! If I need to tell you who Lucille Ball is I shall be sorely disappointed, but even the dullest know that she is the charming redhead behind the... Read more »
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A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#5): Mary, The Visiting Nurses Association, and The Television Pilot That Never Was

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#5): Mary, The Visiting Nurses Association, and The Television Pilot That Never Was
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at a proposal for a television series that Mary created but was never picked up or filmed. Mary’s TV career reads like the creme de la creme of the proverbial Boob Tube Hall of Fame: I Love Lucy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Zorro,... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#4): Letters from Mary's Famous Friends

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#4): Letters from Mary's Famous Friends
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at the letters of incredibly famous individuals who contacted Mary throughout the years. According to biographer Steve Taravella: “So great was Mary’s need to feel connected to others – to feel herself a part of the Hollywood extended family – that much like... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#3): "My dear, dear Mary" - Letters from Broadway Royalty
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at the letters of “Broadway royalty” sent to Mary. Included are letters from Angela Lansbury discussing problems with Sweeney Todd, Ethel Merman lamenting the death of her daughter to suicide, Richard Rodgers continually (and politely) turning Mary down for role after role... Read more »
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A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#2): "and on to the next performance" - The Letters of Bette Davis to Mary

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#2): "and on to the next performance" - The Letters of Bette Davis to Mary
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at the letters of actress Bette Davis to Mary. Davis and Wickes appeared in three films together: The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), and June Bride (1948). In a series of letters, Bette unloads her troubles onto Mary’s... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Celebration! (#1): A week-long look at the life of a character actress and the ultimate "I know that face!"

A Mary Wickes Celebration! (#1): A week-long look at the life of a character actress and the ultimate "I know that face!"
How many times have you been watching a movie and thought, “Dear God, that actress looks familiar!?” You wrack your brain trying to remember the last time you saw them or, heaven forbid, what part they played. Was she a nurse or a World War II General? Was she in that new Tom Hanks movie... Read more »

What the world needs now is laughter, sweet laughter! or "Phyllis Diller and Paul Lynde fight depression!"

What the world needs now is laughter, sweet laughter! or "Phyllis Diller and Paul Lynde fight depression!"
In a world of debates, war, strife, and Kim Kardashian, where does one turn for true comfort? Some turn to schnapps, some to sin, and many to simmering anger. Yet, no matter what conflicts and conundrums life hands us, we can always find solace in one immovable pastime: Humor. Yet, sadly, much of the humor... Read more »
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