cinderella 1957

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The red-letter anniversaries are coming thick and fast here in the Parallel Julieverse. No sooner have we finished toasting the 50th Anniversary of Thoroughly Modern Millie, than it’s time to charge the glasses for another milestone in the annals of Julie-history: the Diamond Jubilee of Cinderella. The celebrated tele-musical premiered 60 years ago on 31 March 1957.

It would be no exaggeration to call Cinderella a major cultural event of the late-1950s. The first television musical created by legendary composer-lyricist team Rodgers and Hammerstein, the show was seen by a record audience of over 100 million viewers, enough, it was pointed out, “to fill a Broadway theatre seven days a week for 165 years” (Messing, 61). Even today, Cinderalla remains one of the most widely seen programs in television history (Hischak, 152).

Julie was, at the time, riding high on the success of another Cinderella musical, My Fair Lady so she was the perfect fit to play the fairytale princess. As these production stills attest, she never looked lovelier and the critics were enraptured.

“Perhaps it’s the unassuming simplicity of Mis Andrews, or the crystal clear articulation, or yet again the perfect pitch, that transforms her performance (as in “My Fair Lady”) to the definitive characterization. No two ways about it, she was Cinderella” (Variety, 42).

“Miss Andrews was Miss Andrews, sweet, beautiful and lyrical. Her only minor problem was that she was fully as beautiful behind the broom and under the tiara” (Gould, 49).

“As Cinderella, Julie Andrews was the personification of innocence. Her face, her style, her talent added up to that rare quality that makes a performer a star” (Torre, 5).

So happy anniversary, Cinderella…thank you for sixty years of fol-de-rol and fiddle-dee-dee enchantment!

Sources:

Gould, Jack. “TV: Broadway Musical.” The New York Times. 1 April 1957: 49.

Hischak, Thomas S. “Cinderella.” The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Messing, Harold. CBS Television Production of ‘Cinderella‘. (Unpublished Masters thesis). Stanford University, 1957.

“Review: Cinderella.” Variety. 3 April 1957: 42.

Torre, Martha. “Cinderella.” The New York Herald Tribune. 1 April 1957: 5.

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TV Guide  -  March 30  -  April 5, 1957

Dame Julia ElizabethJulieAndrews, DBE (née Wells; born 1 October 1935)  Film and stage actress, a singer, an author, a theatre director, and a dancer. Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948 and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954). She rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady (1956), playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot (1960), playing Queen Guinevere. In 1957, Andrews starred in the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s written-for-television musical Cinderella, a live network broadcast seen by over 100 million viewers.

In November 1955, Andrews was signed to appear with Bing Crosby in what is regarded as the first made-for-television film, High Tor.

In 19587 she was featured in the Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical, Cinderella which was broadcast live on CBS on March 31 under the musical direction of Alfredo Antonini and had an estimated 107 million viewers. The show was broadcast in colour from CBS Studio 72, at 2248 Broadway in New York City. Only a black-and-white kinescope remains, which has been released on DVD. Andrews was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance.

Between 1956 and 1962, Andrews guest-starred on The Ed Sullivan Show (15 July 1956), and also appeared on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, What’s My Line?, The Jack Benny Program, The Bell Telephone Hour and The Garry Moore Show. In June 1962, Andrews co-starred in Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, a CBS special with Carol Burnett.  Andrews starred in her first television sitcom, the short-lived Julie aired on ABC for only seven episodes and co-starred James Farentino.  (Wikipedia)

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Just some of the many Cinderellas

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I was tagged by the lovely vixensandmonsters, beauvelvet and meganmonroes to pick nine films that describe my aesthetic. Thank you!

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Cinderella (1950)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Clueless (1995)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Grease (1978)

I tag margaretroses, hepburny, phoebe-tonkin, lauralftn and anyone else who would like to do this.

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I was tagged by, @beauvelvet​, @elizabethrosemondtaylors​, @normajeanebaker​ and @barbara-stanwyck​ to pick nine films that describe my aesthetic.

  • The Dolly Sisters (1945)
  • Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
  • To Catch A Thief (1955)
  • Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • Cinderella (1950)
  • Funny Face (1957)
  • Cleopatra (1963)
  • Gilda (1946)

I tag @lauralftn, @mildredsfierce, @theroning, @avasgal, @givememoorehead, @princessgracekelly1956, @jayne-mansfields, @msmildred, @normajeaned, @margaretroses, @hepburny, @glossynympheteyes, @rickyricardo, @juliabarbarella, @avagardners,