Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Gretchen Wyler Biography (1932-)
Born Gretchen Patricia Wienecke, February 16, 1932, in Bartlesville, OK; daughter of Louis Gustave (a gasoline engineer) and Peggy (Highley) Wienecke; married Shepard Coleman, June 18, 1956 (divorced, 1968). Addresses: AGENT--c/o Irv Schechter and Company, 9300 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
- Birth Details
- February 16, 1932
- Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Chorus, Where's Charley?, Broadway Theatre, 1948.
- LONDON STAGE DEBUT--Title role, Sweet Charity, Prince of Wales Theatre, 1967.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Dancer, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty, both Ballet Guild, Little Rock Auditorium, Little Rock, AR, 1950.
- corpe de ballet and Jane Ashton, Brigadoon, St. Louis Municipal Opera, St. Louis, MO, 1950.
- Miss Adelaide, Guys and Dolls, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1953.
- Janice Dayton, Silk Stockings, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Lola, Damn Yankees, 46th Street Theatre, 1955.
- Kate Drew, Rumple, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1957.
- Rose, Bye, Bye Birdie, Shubert Theatre, then Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, both 1961, later St. Louis Municipal Opera, and Westchester Dinner Theatre, Westchester, NY, both 1962.
- Adelaide, Guys and Dolls, Metropolitan Musicals, Baltimore, MD, 1962.
- Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, Westchester Town House, Westchester, NY, 1963.
- Essie Whimple, Redhead, Aqua Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1963.
- Bells Are Ringing, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1963.
- Cherie, Bus Stop, Winter Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 1964.
- Wonder World, New York World's Fair, New York City, 1964.
- Lizzie Curry, 110 in the Shade, St. Louis Municipal Opera, 1965.
- Lola, Damn Yankees, Salt Lake City Music Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT, 1965.
- Rose, Bye Bye Birdie, St. Louis Municipal Opera, 1966.
- Cyrenne, Rattle of a Simple Man, Warwick Playhouse, Warwick, NY, 1966.
- title role, Sweet Charity, Westbury Music Fair, Long Island, NY, then Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove, FL, 1967.
- Margo Channing, Applause, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1970.
- Joanne, Company, Meadowbrook Dinner Theatre, Cedar Grove, NJ, 1973.
- Evy Meara, The Gingerbread Lady, Ring Theatre, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 1974.
- Miss Fancy, Sly Fox, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1976.
- Cole Porter Requests the Pleasure, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1985.
- title role, Diamond Lil, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1988.
- Also dancer in summer theatre productions, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1951; resident understudy, St. Louis Municipal Opera, 1954; Irene Lavelle, Say, Darling, Kenley Players, Warren, OH, and Columbus, OH, 1962; Hatful of Rain, Warwick Playhouse, 1966; Maggie, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Williamstown FestivalTheatre, Williamstown, MA; in Broadway Greats and the Songs That Made Them Famous (one-woman show), Town Hall, New York City; First Lady, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA; as Olivia, Your Own Thing, in Chicago, IL; and in summer theatre productions of Mame, Kismet, Here's Love, Call Me Madam, Anything Goes, Golden Rainbow, Dames at Sea, The Boy Friend, and Born Yesterday.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Producer, The Ballad of Johnny Pot, Theatre Four, New York City, 1971.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Amy, Where's Charley?, U.S. cities, 1948.
- Miss Adelaide, Guys and Dolls, U.S. cities, 1951.
- Janice Dayton, Silk Stockings, U.S. cities, 1956.
- Lola, Damn Yankees, U.S. cities, 1957.
- Frenchy, Destry Rides Again, U.S. cities, 1960.
- Rose, Bye, Bye Birdie, U.S. cities, 1961.
- Anna Reardon, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, U.S. cities, 1973.
- Margo Channing, Applause, U.S. cities, 1973.
- Also in Follies, California cities, 1987.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Lady of Joy, The Devil's Brigade, United Artists, 1968.
- Aunt Kissy, Private Benjamin, Warner Brothers, 1980.
- TELEVISION DEBUT--Dancer, The Kate Smith Show, NBC, 1950.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Regular, The Bob Crosby Show, NBC, 1958.
- host, Step This Way, syndicated, 1965-67.
- Toni McBain, On Our Own, CBS, 1977-78.
- Dr. Conrad, Dallas, CBS, 1981.
- Also Somerset, NBC.
- The Colgate Comedy Hour, NBC.
- Walter Winchell, NBC.
- Sergeant Bilko (also known as The Phil Silvers Show and You'll Never GetRich), CBS.
- Bell Telephone Hour, NBC.
- I've Got a Secret, CBS.
- The Tonight Show, NBC.
- To Tell the Truth, CBS.
- Stump the Stars, CBS.
- Naked City, ABC.
- Password, CBS.
- Picture This, CBS.
- The Perry Como Show, NBC.
- The Garry Moore Show, CBS.
- Music '60, CBS.
- The Andy Williams Show, NBC.
- The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS.
- Match Game, NBC.
- The Price Is Right, CBS.
- Get the Message, ABC.
- Girl Talk ABC.
- Call My Bluff, NBC.
- The Dean Martin Show, NBC.
- Charlie's Angels, ABC.
- St. Elsewhere, NBC.
- Hart to Hart, ABC.
- Making a Living, ABC.
- The New Odd Couple, ABC.
- Gimme a Break, NBC.
- Emily Amend, Portrait of an Escort, CBS, 1980.
- Olivia Probashka, When the Circus Came to Town, CBS, 1981.
- An Evening with Gretchen Wyler, ABC.
- Lyrics, Noah, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PA, 1965.
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