How can you not know the work of the late, great Danny Kaye? Apparently a whole lot of folks don't so the song-and-dance man's only child, Dena Kaye, is doing her best to fix that. On Sunday, Jan. 20, Turner Classic Movies will honor Kaye's 100th birthday with a 24-hour marathon of his films (starting at 6am/5c) including Up in Arms, Hans Christian Anderson, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and his delightfully dizzy medieval classic The Court Jester. ("The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!") Dena will be on hand to reminisce about her dad with host Ben Mankiewicz.
Question: What ever happened to Vera-Ellen, the superpopular actress/dancer of the '40s and '50s ? It seemed like she was a huge star and then just dropped off the face of the earth. Where did she come from and where did she go?Answer: Vera-Ellen Rohe was born in Norwood, Ohio, and raised in Cincinnati. She retired from movies in the '50s and died in 1981 of cancer, aged 60. She was a versatile and disciplined dancer from the time she was a child, which is also when her mother began putting her on a series of eccentric diets that may have contributed to her peculiar adult eating habits. Vera-Ellen dropped her last name and began dancing professionally as a teenager; she worked as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, in Manhattan nightclubs and on Broadway before going to Hollywood. She made her movie debut in the
Question: My big brother, who thinks he knows it all, insists that actor Danny Kaye was gay and the lover of Sir Laurence Olivier. I say he was not, that Kaye was married and had children. This has been a bone of contention between us; he thinks I'm being stubborn and that he's right just because he's older. I would seriously like to rub his nose in it. Can you help me?
Answer: To rub your brother's nose in it? Not really, unless you want to claim the high ground by pointing out the difference between gay and bisexual. Needless to say, I wasn't there and can't claim first-hand knowledge of the sex lives of actors Danny Kaye (1913-1987) and Laurence Olivier (1907-1989). But the claim that they had an ongoing relationship for the better part of&nb