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- Larri Thomas, a featured "Goldwyn Girl" in the classic Samuel Goldwyn film 1955 musical "Guys and Dolls", was the original 1964 "Hollywood Palace - Billboard Girl". At the end of each show,…
[show]Larri Thomas, a featured "Goldwyn Girl" in the classic Samuel Goldwyn film 1955 musical "Guys and Dolls", was the original 1964 "Hollywood Palace - Billboard Girl". At the end of each show, Larri Thomas would join the Saturday's closing evening's show host, with the next week's "bill-board sheet"; handing the prop yellow "Play Bill" to the host, who announced the show's next Saturday night host and the variety show's line-up for featured guest talents. During the 1963-1964 CBS network television production season, Larri Thomas, with her husband Bruce Hoy, were part of choreographer Tom Hansen's team of dancers appearing on the CBS TV "Red Skelton Hour". Show rehearsals and taping schedules between the CBS Skelton show and the ABC Palace show conflicted. With the distance between the CBS-TV Fairfax at Beverly Boulevard studio and the Hollywood and Vine Hollywood Palace ABC-TV Studio cross town locations, Larri was frequently late. After the sixth show, missing preliminary "Hollywood Palace" tape day rehearsals. Vanoff replaced Larri Thomas with unknown Raquel Welch. In 1965, Larri became a featured dancer on the NBC-TV Studio-Burbank variety series "The Dean Martin Show". After Dean Martin hosted several "Hollywood Palace" shows, with minimum rehearsal, showing up to read the host cue cards for the taped (audience) 5:00 pm dress rehearsal and the 8:00 pm air show, Dean negotiated a very successful television variety series with NBC Television.
- Hosting four Hollywood Palace shows in the third (1965-1966) season, Fred Astaire, was featured in his unique dance style in each show. Barrie Chase was his partner in his third and fourth…
[show]Hosting four Hollywood Palace shows in the third (1965-1966) season, Fred Astaire, was featured in his unique dance style in each show. Barrie Chase was his partner in his third and fourth Hollywood Palace appearances. During the taping of Fred's production dance number, the director, Grey Lockwood, would stop the dance number, citing a technical problem, allowing Fred to catch his breath, while pausing for a rest stop. Grey Lockwood would resume the dance number after apologizing to Mr. Astaire for the "technical problem"! For four of the Astaire-host-shows, Fred Astaire's dance number was rehearsed on camera - allowing the pacing dictating how many "technical problems" should occur. Editing the dance number together, the finished dance seemed uninterrupted! Because of these Hollywood Palace appearances, Astaire produced his own Emmy NBC TV dance special in 1967-68, utilizing Jim Trittipo as his production designer.
- During rehearsals, the guest host usually stood on the left camera side of the proscenium, with a high stool for the host to be seated. The prop master provided water or a soda pop beverage.…
[show]During rehearsals, the guest host usually stood on the left camera side of the proscenium, with a high stool for the host to be seated. The prop master provided water or a soda pop beverage. When Joan Crawford hosted, she would carry her own "Pepsi Cola" which was already open, and spiked with vodka, onto the stage. The beverage relaxed Joan without any problems. During the taping of the show, the prop master provided the "spiked soda"! Joan Crawford was a very gracious lady. After each of Joan Crawford's Hollywood Palace appearances, every member of the crew and staff received a personally hand written thank you note, sent from her New York address. Kate Smith insisted that her "cola" be carried out by the prop master, unopened! Kate did not want any rumors that her can of soda was spiked! Kate Smith carried a Kodak brownie camera during her show engagement, snapping pictures throughout her rehearsal and the taping of the show. Upon completion of Kate's host assignment, each crew and staff member received a "Kodak moment" with their picture as they were performing their show assignment; included with the small photograph was Kate's personally signed thank you note. These two personalities were the only hosts during the six seasons to send a personal thank you to each member of the crew and staff of the Hollywood Palace.