Faith Dane

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Faith Dane (born October 3, 1923),[1][2] sometimes known since her second marriage as Faith Crannitch[3] but legally simply Faith since 1983,[4][5] is an actress, musician, artist, and perennial candidate for elected office in Washington, D.C.[4][6]

Dane is a resident of Washington, D.C., but grew up and spent much of her life in New York City; she also lived in the United States Virgin Islands for much of the 1960s. She has been married twice; first, in the 1960s, to attorney Russell Johnson, a former attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, who first encouraged her to run for office, and second, in 1983, to Jude Crannitch, an artist originally from New Zealand.[4]

Dane played the bugle-tooting burlesque stripper Mazeppa ("Once I was a schlepper, now I'm Miss Mazeppa") in both the original Broadway and film versions of Gypsy.[2][7][8] When Gypsy was revived on Broadway without her, she sued, claiming she'd created much of the characterization of Mazeppa herself; though the suit was unsuccessful, producers developed a “Faith Dane clause” in actors' contracts granting rights in any creative work actors do developing their character to the production.[6]

Dane was a candidate for the Virgin Islands Legislature in 1964 on an arts support based platform. She raised funds for various school art programs there, including St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School. After moving to Washington in the 1980s, she was a candidate for Mayor, as an independent in 1990, 1994 and 1998, garnering 110, 423 and 430 votes, respectively. In 2002, she ran in the Democratic primary for mayor, and received 1,084 votes. On each occasion, she ran on an arts-based platform.[4]

She was an unsuccessful candidate for the D.C. Statehood Green Party nomination for Shadow Representative in 1992, receiving 34% of the vote to Paul McCallister's 52%, and was an independent candidate for Delegate to Congress from the District of Columbia in 1996, receiving 2,119 votes.

In 2010, she ran for mayor in the Statehood Green primary,[5] winning with 40% of the vote in the face of only write-in opposition. In the general election, she received 1,476 votes. She ran for mayor again in 2014, winning the Statehood Green primary with 47%, again with only write-in opposition. In the general election,[8] she received about one percent of the vote.[9]


  1. ^ Dane, Faith. "United States Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved December 10, 2013.[full citation needed]
  2. ^ a b "Faith Dane". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Who to Vote for (and Who Not to Vote for) in D.C.'s 2014 Democratic Primary". Washington City Paper. March 26, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2017. The Statehood Greens appear set to nominate perennial horn-playing candidate Faith Crannitch.
  4. ^ a b c d Montgomery, David (August 20, 2002). "Trumpeting Faith: Meet a Bugle-Blaring Mayoral Candidate Who's Positive About the Art of the Campaign". The Washington Post. p. C1. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Hardy, Ronald (August 3, 2010). "DC Statehood Green Party Candidates for September Ballot". Green Party Watch. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Rosenthal, Annie (November 14, 2014). "Have a little Faith: The 91-year-old ex-Broadway star who keeps trying to free D.C." Washington Post. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Faith Dane Biography". IMDb. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Marlowe, Beth (August 13, 2014). "Faith for D.C. mayor: behind the 90-year-old's ninth campaign". Washington Post Express. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "General Election Results, Tuesday, November 4, 2014". DC Board Of Elections And Ethics. December 3, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2017.

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