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Story: An aspiring trio of singers from Chicago travels to the renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1962 to audition their “girl group” at the venue’s famous “Amateur Night” competition. They don’t win, thanks in part to an enterprising car salesman back stage named Curtis Taylor Jr., who instantly observes their talent and convinces them to let him be their manager.
In 1928, a heartbroken mother abandoned her 3- week-old baby at a theater in Pittsburgh, with a note that read, Please take care of my baby, her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her, I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business and I pray to God that you will look after her. Upon discovering her, 11 entertainers founded a charitable organization called Variety Club. For five years until she was adopted, the girl stayed at the homes of producers and actors—including her favorite, ‘Uncle Walt,’ who we all know as Walt Disney.
Music superstar DIANA ROSS has been announced as this year’s headliner for Variety’s Dinner with the Stars. The April 28 gala will be held at the Peabody Opera House, with all proceeds from the event benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, which is celebrating 80 years of helping kids with disabilities. For more information, visit varietystl.org.
Thelma and David Steward are nothing, if not humble. When they were asked to be interviewed as LN’s Most Dynamic People, David’s first question was, “Are you sure you’ve got the right people?”
Musical: “Beehive, the 60’s Musical”
Peggy Ross will tell you that she does not do nearly as much as she used to, say 20 years ago. But that’s hard to believe. A graduate of Washington University in psychology and social work, Ross has dedicated herself to helping others access higher education. She is a force behind the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and its ScholarShop.
I hope everyone has someone in their personal or professional life who has inspired them in some way. Billy Baldwin (1903-1984) is that person for me. Credited with the title ‘dean of American decorating’ by his former employer and mentor Ruby Ross Wood (1881-1950), he earned the title honestly. Baldwin would, in return, credit Wood for his mantra: The final judgment in decorating is not the logic of the mind, but the logic of the eye.