Annette Warren

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Annette Warren (born July 11, 1922) is a popular jazz and song stylist best known for her vocal dubbing of such stars as Ava Gardner in the 1951 version of Show Boat.[1] and Lucille Ball in both Fancy Pants [2] and Sorrowful Jones [3] and is still actively performing in 2017 at the age of 95[4].

Warren was born July 11, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was discovered in 1945 by vocal coach and arranger Phil Moore, who arranged her first recordings.[5] She made her radio debut October 4, 1946, on Meredith Willson's Sparkle Time program on CBS.[6]

She headlined clubs and theaters in London and across the U.S., including the Bon Soir, the Blue Angel and the St. Regis Hotel Maisonette in New York City and Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills. She co-starred as Mrs. Peachum in the off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera with Jerry Orbach, Ed Asner and Beatrice Arthur[7] and was also seen in the musical Livin' The Life with Alice Ghostley and Edward Villella.[8]

Warren's television appearances include The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Liberace Show, and The Summer Chevy Show. She also was seen on screen in the films Midnight Frolics[9] and The Devil's Sleep.[10]

Her first dubbing assignment was for the film Lured in 1947, followed by The Paleface in 1948, in which she sang for Iris Adrian[11]. She dubbed the singing voice for Lucille Ball in Sorrowful Jones in 1949,[12] and Fancy Pants in 1950.[13] The following year, she auditioned to sing for Ava Gardner in MGM's remake of Show Boat (1951 film)[14] and won the job over such other applicants as Dinah Shore and Lee Wiley.[1] She also provided all of the female voices for John Hubley's UPA short Rooty Toot Toot,[15] which was voted No. 41 of the "50 Greatest Cartoons" of all time[16] and was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Animated Short Film".[17]

Warren recorded for such labels as Capitol Records,[18] Verve Records,[19] ABC Paramount Records,[20] and Outstanding Records,[21] and was married for 55 years to jazz musician Paul Smith (pianist), with whom she also occasionally performed.[22] She co-starred over a 20-year period with fellow "ghost singers" India Adams, Betty Wand[23] and Jo Ann Greer[24] in the musical revue Hollywood's Secret Singing Stars and was still actively performing as of June, 2015.[25] A two-CD retrospective of her recordings entitled "There's a Man in My Life" was released in 2016 by Fresh Sound Records.[26][27]

In January 2016, Warren sang at the La Cicada Club in Los Angeles at a party held to celebrate to release of Lyn Stanley's album Interlude. Warren had been instrumental in encouraging Stanley to embark on her jazz-singing career in 2012.[28] On April 24, 2016 (at the age of 93), Warren debuted a brand-new one-woman show entitled "I Ain't Done Yet" at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA.[29] She is managed by Alan Eichler.

On March 30, 2017, Warren returned to New York for the first time in nearly 60 years to headline at Feinstein's/54 Below at the age of 94, to critical acclaim[30][31], and continues to perform regularly at such clubs as the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood[32].


  1. ^ a b "Show Boat (1951)". Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  2. ^ "(Hey) Fancy Pants! by Annette Warren Songfacts". Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  3. ^ Neibaur, James L. (2004-12-27). The Bob Hope Films. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-1050-7.
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  6. ^ "'Sparkle Time With Meredith Willson' Heard on WHP Friday Nights, 7.30". Harrisburg Telegraph. September 28, 1946. p. 19. Retrieved August 11, 2015 – via open access publication – free to read
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  13. ^ "Movie Dubbers". 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  14. ^ Faris, Gerald (September 13, 1991). "'Ghosts' from Hollywood's past bring 'Voices' to Peninsula Symphony benefit". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
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  18. ^ Pat Saperstein (2013-07-08). "Jazz Pianist Paul Smith Dies at 91". Variety. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
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  22. ^ Keepnews, Peter (2013-07-03). "Paul Smith, Jazz Pianist, Is Dead at 91". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  23. ^ "Benefit Will Feature 'Secret Singing Stars'". Los Angeles Times. September 23, 1997. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  24. ^ Heckman, Don (August 29, 1991). "Cabaret Review: Unveiling the 'Voices' Behind Screen Illusion". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  25. ^ BWW News Desk. "India Adams & Annette Warren Coming to Catalina Jazz Club, 6/26-27". Retrieved 2015-07-12.
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  28. ^ Grigware, Don (18 January 2016). "Lyn Stanley's CD Release Party for Interludes a Lush Evening of Entertainment". Broadway World. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
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