|Born||January 1, 1917|
Spencer, South Dakota, U.S.
|Died||March 25, 2016 (aged 99)|
New York, U.S.
|Other names||Anne Bolin|
Ione Shannon Bolin
|Spouse(s)||Milton Kaye (1946–2006; his death)|
Ione Shannon Bolin (January 1, 1917 – March 25, 2016) was an American actress and singer. A March 10, 1941, article in The Mason City Globe-Gazette said that she was "known as 'The Lady with the Dark Blue Voice.'"
Ione Shannon Bolin was born in the small town of Spencer, South Dakota, on Jan. 1, 1917. Her parents were Gracie Elsie Bolin and Harry Bolin, a hotel owner who raised horses during the Depression. In an interview she said her father named her Ione “because I was born on the first of January, which is 1-1, or 1-one. That’s South Dakota humor for you.”
At age 20, she headed to the East Coast to pursue a career as a singer. In Washington, D.C., Bolin worked for CBS Radio and during World War II she became the host of her own musical program. She auditioned in 1944 in New York for the New Opera Company and won a place in the ensemble.
Her other stage roles include: The Golden Apple (as Mrs. Juniper), Only in America (as Kate Golden), The Student Gypsy (as Zampa Allescu) Take Me Along (as Lily), Xmas in Las Vegas (as Eleanor Wellspot), and Helen Goes to Troy, for which she used the pseudonym of Anne Bolin.
She appeared in a concert version of the opera Barbara Allen by David Broekman, conducted by Maurice Levine. She also appeared in a concert version of Morton Gould's opera Desire Under the Elms, based on the Eugene O'Neill play. Among the venues in which she sang was Café Society Uptown.
Bolin appeared on television in the NBC Opera Theatre production of Suor Angelica, in which she played the Princess, and the Jackie Gleason Show, a special titled "The Christmas List" as Gleason's wife.
In 1955, Bolin recorded "an album of seldom-heard songs by top composers" for Vanguard Records. She and her husband, musical director Milton Kaye, "dug through thousands of 'long-lost' tunes by top composers like Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, and came up with 12 which they call Rare Wine." Recorded an album for Riverside titled "Songs For Patricia and other music of Alec Wilder", RLP 12 - 805.
Personal life and death
Bolin married Milton Kaye (1909–2006), a New York pianist, composer and arranger, in 1946. Kaye and Bolin recorded an album, Rare Wine. In 2002, the couple appeared together in a commercial for DeBeers diamonds. She died at the age of 99 on March 25, 2016.
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- New York Times
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