Michael Feinstein, Rose Marie attend Academy’s Johnny Mercer Tribute
On Nov. 5, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a tribute to lyricist/songwriter Johnny Mercer at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening was hosted by singer/pianist Michael Feinstein.
Pictured above at the reception preceding the event are (left to right):
Satirist Stan Freberg. Veteran actress Rose Marie. Michael Feinstein. Ginny Mancini, widow of frequent Johnny Mercer collaborator Henry Mancini.
Oscar-nominated songwriter Arthur Hamilton (“Till Love Touches Your Life” from Madron, 1970). Singer Monica Mancini, daughter of Henry Mancini.
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Johnny Mercer songs
Johnny Mercer (born Nov. 18, 1909, in Savannah, Georgia; died June 25, 1976, in Los Angeles) is credited for the lyrics of more than 1,700 songs, including the following Oscar winners:
- “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” from George Sidney’s The Harvey Girls (1946).
Music: Harry Warren.
Cast: Judy Garland. John Hodiak. Angela Lansbury. Ray Bolger. Preston Foster. Virginia O’Brien.
- “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” from Here Comes the Groom (1951).
Music: Hoagy Carmichael.
Cast: Bing Crosby. Jane Wyman. Alexis Smith. Franchot Tone. Robert Keith. H.B. Warner.
- “Moon River” from Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).
Music: Henry Mancini.
Cast: Audrey Hepburn. George Peppard. Patricia Neal. Buddy Ebsen.
- “Days of Wine and Roses” from Blake Edwards’ Days of Wine and Roses (1962).
Music: Henry Mancini.
Cast: Jack Lemmon. Lee Remick. Charles Bickford.
Below are several other images from the Academy’s Johnny Mercer tribute.
Stan Freberg, Rose Marie, Michael Feinstein, Ginny Mancini, Arthur Hamilton, Monica Mancini photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Michael Feinstein movies
As found on the IMDb, Michael Feinstein has been featured in cameos as himself in a trio of motion pictures. Here are two of them:
- The documentary Get Bruce (1999), for which he also composed the score.
Dir.: Andrew J. Kuehn.
Featured as Themselves: Bruce Villanch. Bette Midler. Paul Reiser. Whoopi Goldberg. Raquel Welch. Bette Midler. Robin Williams. Florence Henderson. Michael Feinstein. Shirley MacLaine. Jennifer Lewis. Roseanne Barr. Carol Burnett. Michelle Lee. Ali MacGraw. Lauren Bacall. Beverly D’Angelo. Tim Curry. Traci Lords. Christine Baranski. Salma Hayek. David Copperfield. Margaret Cho. Lily Tomlin. Nathan Lane. Michael Douglas. Steven Seagal. Jeff Margolis. Billy Crystal. Uncredited: Sigourney Weaver. Elizabeth Taylor. Ted Danson. Patrick Swayze. Rosie O’Donnell. Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton.
- Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989).
Dir.: Paul Bartel.
Cast: Jacqueline Bisset. Ray Sharkey. Mary Woronov. Arnetia Walker. Ed Begley Jr. Wallace Shawn. Paul Bartel. Paul Mazursky. Cameo: Michael Feinstein as himself.
Michael Feinstein on TV, music albums
On television, Michael Feinstein could be spotted in about half a dozen productions, including a bit part as a pianist in John Erman’s TV movie The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987), starring Ann-Margret, Claudette Colbert, and Stephen Collins; and in a guest role in the series The Closer, with Tom Selleck, Edward Asner, and Penelope Ann Miller.
His most recent Grammy nomination was for the 2009 album The Sinatra Project. Previous albums include Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which also earned him a Grammy nod; Remember: Michael Feinstein Sings Irving Berlin; and Michael & George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin. On TV he produced and presented the 2003 PBS special The Great American Songbook.
Next, following a faux public spat, Michael Feinstein and Barry Humphries – as Dame Edna Everage – will be joining forces in the Broadway show All About Me, to be directed by Jerry Zaks and written by Christopher Durang.
Michael Feinstein photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Rose Marie movies
Although best known for her countless television appearances, including recurring roles in My Sister Eileen, The Doris Day Show, Hannibal, and The Dick Van Dyke Show – the last one earned her three Emmy nominations in the early 1960s – Rose Marie could also be spotted on the big screen in about a dozen films (including shorts). These were mostly minor fare, beginning in 1932 – when she was billed as (the singing) Baby Rose Marie.
Here are a couple of titles:
- Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966).
Dir.: Bernard Girard.
Cast: James Coburn. Camilla Sparv. Aldo Ray. Robert Webber. Rose Marie. Uncredited: Harrison Ford. Vic Tayback.
- Top Banana (1954).
Dir.: Alfred E. Green.
Cast: Phil Silvers. Rose Marie. Danny Scholl. Judy Lynn. Jack Albertson.
The former Baby Rose Marie also provided the voice of, gasp!, Norman Bates’ mother in Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho. (Shades of Mercedes McCambridge providing the voice of the devil-possessed Linda Blair in William Friedkin’s The Exorcist.) Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, and Julianne Moore starred in the old Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles roles.
Rose Marie and Michael Feinstein photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Barry Humphries a.k.a. Dame Edna movies
Best known as his female alter ego, Dame Edna Everage (a precursor to Dustin Hoffman’s Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie), the Australian-born Barry Humphries (on Feb. 17, 1934, in Melbourne) has been featured in a couple of dozen movies in the last four decades.
Here are three titles (sometimes billed as Dame Edna Everage):
- Nicholas Nickleby (2002), as Mrs. Crummles / Mr. Leadville.
Dir.: Douglas McGrath.
Cast: Charlie Hunnam. Jamie Bell. Romola Garai. Christopher Plummer. Anne Hathaway. Jim Broadbent. Tom Courtenay. Juliet Stevenson. Barry Humphries (as Dame Edna Everage). Kevin McKidd. Edward Fox. Nathan Lane. Alan Cumming. Eileen Walsh. Edward Hogg. Timothy Spall.
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978).
Dir.: Michael Schultz.
Cast: The Bee Gees (Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb). Peter Frampton. Frankie Howerd. Billy Preston. Donald Pleasence. George Burns. Steve Martin. Aerosmith. Alice Cooper. Earth Wind & Fire. Cameos: Barry Humphries (as Dame Edna Everage). Etta James. Keith Carradine. Carol Channing. Leif Garrett. José Feliciano. Yvonne Elliman. Donovan. Bonnie Raitt. Helen Reddy. Chita Rivera. Connie Stevens. Tina Turner. Frankie Valli. Gwen Verdon. Hank Williams Jr. Margaret Whiting.
- Bedazzled (1967), his film debut, as the deadly sin Envy.
Dir.: Stanley Donen.
Cast: Peter Cook. Dudley Moore. Eleanor Bron. Raquel Welch. Barry Humphries. Michael Bates.
Additionally, Barry Humphries provided the voice of Bruce the Shark (shades of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws) in Andrew Stanton and co-director Lee Unkrich’s Finding Nemo (2003).
Barry Humphries and Rose Marie photo: Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.
Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman Oscar wins
Songwriters Marilyn Bergman and husband Alan Bergman have been nominated for 16 Academy Awards, winning three times:
- Best Original Song Score / Best Adaptation Score for Barbra Streisand’s Yentl (1983).
Music: Michel Legrand.
Cast: Barbra Streisand. Mandy Patinkin. Amy Irving. Nehemiah Persoff. Steven Hill.
- Best Original Song for “The Way We Were” from Sydney Pollack’s The Way We Were (1973).
Music: Marvin Hamlisch.
Cast: Barbra Streisand. Robert Redford. Bradford Dillman. Lois Chiles. Viveca Lindfors. Patrick O’Neal. Allyn Ann McLerie. Murray Hamilton. Sally Kirkland. James Woods.
- Best Original Song for “The Windmills of Your Mind” from Norman Jewison’s The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).
Music: Michel Legrand.
Cast: Steve McQueen. Faye Dunaway.
Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
Two-time Grammy nominee Monica Mancini
Monica Mancini has never been featured in (big-screen) motion pictures, but she did have a small role in Stuart Margolin’s 1978 made-for-TV movie Suddenly Love, toplining Cindy Williams, Paul Shenar, and veterans Eileen Heckart (The Bad Seed, Butterflies Are Free), Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street, The Macomber Affair), Scott Brady (Montana Belle, Johnny Guitar), and Lew Ayres (All Quiet on the Western Front, Young Dr. Kildare).
Monica Mancini’s 2005 album Ultimate Mancini earned her two Grammy nominations. Five years earlier, she had released the album Dreams of Johnny Mercer.
Michael Feinstein and Monica Mancini photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
TV actress Doris Roberts movies
Also present at the Academy’s Johnny Mercer Tribute was veteran actress Doris Roberts (born Nov. 4, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri), among whose nearly 40 film credits, mostly in small roles, are:
- Used People (1992).
Dir.: Beeban Kidron.
Cast: Shirley MacLaine. Marcello Mastroianni. Kathy Bates. Jessica Tandy. Marcia Gay Harden. Sylvia Sidney. Doris Roberts. Joe Pantoliano.
- The Rose (1979).
Dir.: Mark Rydell.
Cast: Bette Midler. Alan Bates. Frederic Forrest. Harry Dean Stanton. Barry Primus. David Keith. Sandra McCabe. James Keane. Doris Roberts.
- The Honeymoon Killers (1967).
Dir.: Leonard Kastle.
Cast: Tony Lo Bianco. Shirley Stoler. Doris Roberts. Mary Jane Higby.
On television since 1951, Doris Roberts made her mark in:
- The comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond, starring Ray Romano. The sitcom earned her four Primetime Emmys as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, in addition to three other nominations.
- The crime series Remington Steele, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan. She received one Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Doris Roberts received another Emmy – back in 1983 – as a guest actress in the “Cora and Arnie” episode of the series St. Elsewhere.
Doris Roberts photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.
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