Lucille Norman

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Lucille Norman
Lucille Norman, publicity photo @ 1950.jpg
Lucille Norman, @ 1950
Background information
Birth name Lucille Pharaby Boileau
Born (1921-06-15)June 15, 1921
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Died April 1, 1998(1998-04-01) (aged 76)
Glendale, California, USA
Genres Traditional pop music; show tunes, opera
Occupations Singer, actress, radio personality
Years active 1942-1962
Labels Capitol Records

Lucille Norman (June 15, 1921 – April 1, 1998) was an American mezzo soprano, radio personality, and stage and film actress active in the the 1940s and 1950s.

Biography[edit]

Lucille Norman was born Lucille Pharaby Boileau in Lincoln, Nebraska into a performing family. Her father was her first vocal teacher. During high school she performed frequent singing roles at her school and on local radio. Her first professional engagement was a summer stint with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Her musical experiences earned her a two year scholarship to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She appeared on a New York radio audition for the Metropolitan Opera in December of 1941 singing an aria from Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck.[1] This radio audition was met with the offer of a screen test for the movies. Unsure about moving in this direction, she took some time to consider the offer, but decided to give it a try. Her screen test was successful and Hollywood became her first professional destination.

Lucille Norman's first film roles were in 1942. First, an uncredited part in the MGM film Personalities, which showcased their new stars. Then Miss Norman and Gene Kelly both made their official screen debuts singing and dancing with Judy Garland in the MGM film For Me and My Gal.[2] Fate seemed to intervened in her Hollywood film career at this point, and she next performed on the musical stage. Fred F. Finklehoffe, the film's co-writer was so impressed with her abilities that he offered her the leading role in his new vaudeville-type show show called "Show Time," already a hit in Los Angeles. Miss Norman replaced Kitty Carlisle in New York and found herself a featured artist performing songs and comedy with Jack Haley and George Jessel (342 performances).[3]

Lucille Norman married actor Bruce Kellogg in 1945, but always returned to her singing career. She and Kellogg had one child together and remained married until his death in 1967. Back in the Los Angeles area, Lucille Norman appeared as a specialty singer in the 1946 film short, "Musical Masterpieces." Her most memorable roles as a singer came through her national radio appearances on The Railroad Hour with show host, Gordon MacRae. The Railroad Hour was a weekly half-hour anthology series featuring condensed versions of hit Broadway shows. One of his most frequent guest artists, Miss Norman made seventy-three appearances on the show between 1948 and 1954.[4] In 1950 she also starred as M.C. on the half-hour CBS radio and television show, the "Hollywood Music Hall."[5][6] In 1949, Miss Norman starred with John Raitt in The New Moon at the Greek Theatre (Los Angeles). She made five starring concert appearances at The Hollywood Bowl, including the annual Gershwin concert. Her starring appearance as soloist at the March 24, 1951 Easter Sunrise Service at the Bowl was attended by 20,000 people.[7] She also performed as soloist with John Boles at the Easter Concert at the Carmel Valley Bowl on April 4, 1954 for an audience of 15,000.[8] Miss Norman performed in various supper clubs in Las Vegas and Colorado Springs.

Lucille Norman returned to Hollywood acting and singing for Warner Brothers Pictures in 1951 as Abby in Painting the Clouds with Sunshine & in Starlift. She also appeared Sweethearts on Parade in 1953. Her most notable acting role was in 1952 starring opposite Randolph Scott in the film Carson City. Her last acting appearance was in the television series The Colgate Comedy Hour, in which she appeared in a 1955 episode.[9]

Discography[edit]

Lucille Norman's discography is notable for a number of studio cast recordings of popular operettas that she made with Dennis Morgan, Gordon MacRae & others that have remained popular and all have been reissued as CDs. Among these recordings are studio cast recordings of I Married an Angel, 1938 studio cast with Gordon MacRae (reissued on AEI CD-1150, 1985); For Me and My Gal, 1942 MGM Soundtrack with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly (Reissued by Sony UK CD 7638552, 2010); The New Moon, 1950 studio cast with Gordon MacRae (Capitol H-217); The Vagabond King, 1950 studio cast with Gordon MacRae (Capitol LCT-6000); Painting the Clouds with Sunshine, 1951 Soundtrack with Dennis Morgan (Capitol L-291); The Desert Song, 1952 studio cast with Gordon MacRae (Capitol L-351); The Merry Widow, 1952 studio cast with Gordon MacRae (Capitol L-335); Roberta 1952 studio cast with Gordon MacRae (Capitol L-334); and The Red Mill, 1954 studio cast with Gordon MacRae (Capitol L-530).

Lucille Norman also appears on the VCR recordings of For Me and My Gal, MGM, 1942; Painting the Clouds with Sunshine, Warner Brothers, 1951; and Starlift, 1951 Warner Brothers Filmcast with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucille Norman on Radio
  2. ^ Lucille Norman on IMDb
  3. ^ "Show Time" on Broadway
  4. ^ The Railroad Hour Episode Log
  5. ^ Lucille Norman on CBS "Hollywood Music Hall"
  6. ^ "'Hall' Bows on KTLA from Para Stage." (December 12, 1953), Billboard (magazine), Los Angeles, CA
  7. ^ "Sunrise Rites Draw Millions Across Nation." (March 25, 1951), Eugene Register-Guard, Eugene, PR
  8. ^ Notice of Easter Concert, p. 15 (April 4, 1954), Santa Cruz Sentinel, Santa Cruz, CA
  9. ^ [http://www.fandango.com/lucillenorman/biography/p52985 Lucille Norman on Fandango.com
  10. ^ Lucille Norman at CastAlbums.org

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