Saturday, May 1, 2010
Betty and Alice - True Friends
Leave it all those columnists and writers back in the day to try and create drama and tension between Betty Grable and Alice Faye. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. They remained best friends up until the time of Betty's death in 1973. Now, Alice's career was eclipsed by Betty in 1945 but there was no dislike on Alice's part. She was very supportive and understanding for her friend. Well, that's the way I take it and there is no evidence to state otherwise. It just irks me when someone tries to stir up trouble or attention to something that really is not an issue. Betty first worked with Alice on the 1940 musical Tin Pan Alley as they played the Blane sisters. And it's a shame they didn't get to work again together on another film. But these two wonderful ladies starred in some of the best and most lavish musicals comedies ever made. Check out the list of films for Alice which includes: Alexander's Ragtime Band, Week-end In Havana, The Gang's All Here, That Night in Rio, Hello Frisco Hello, In Old Chicago, and The Great American Broadcast. Betty's resume was equally as good also with: Million Dollar Legs, Down Argentine Way, Moon Over Miami, Springtime in the Rockies, Footlight Serenade, Pin-up Girl, Coney Island, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, and The Dolly Sisters. Impressive resumes for both talented and beautiful women. I've only seen a few of them, but have enjoyed them to much delight. Thanks to Dawn, I am more appreciative of the talents of Betty Grable and now Alice Faye. During the 1940's these two women alone starred in so many hits, it's unbelievable. I can think of only one other star during this period that was just as successful and that would be Judy Garland. Nice company to be in, right? Anyway, I wanted to post this story because I wanted to show the true value of friendship between these two lovely ladies. And let everyone know having a friend like this is one of the best things you can have in the world. And to my new friend Dawn, thanks for having me as your co-blogger on all these wonderful blogs. Enjoy your weekend.