Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thoroughly Modern Angie

At the Oscars in 1968, Angela Lansbury, who was in town with Mame, was asked to perform the Oscar-nominated title song from Thoroughly Modern Millie. It was customary at the time that the song's originator didn't sing on the telecast, which is why Julie Andrews didn't do the honors. Many consider this performance to be an unofficial audition for the film version of Mame. Now, if someone could post Mitzi Gaynor's showstopping rendition of "Georgy Girl" from the year before (apparently the standing ovation led to a commercial break)...

2 comments:

SarahB said...

If you were able to watch the introduction by Bob Hope, you'd be wowed - I saw it at the Paley Center. It went something like "She had to go all the way to New York for us to find out she's a star" and when Bob comes back after she's finished, the look on his face is complete adoration. Angela was doing a sit down of Mame at the Los Angeles Civic Opera at the time and rehearsed for this for about 6 weeks.

Kevin Daly said...

And to think they still didn't give her the film. A travesty.