Vivian Blaine Biography (1921-)

Born Vivian S. Stapleton, November 21, 1921 (some sources say 1923 or 1924),in Newark, NJ; daughter of Lionel P. and Wilhelmina (Tepley) Stapleton; married Manuel George Frank (divorced); married Milton Rackmil (divorced); marriedStuart Clark. Addresses: AGENT--Becker and London, 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019.

Born Vivian S. Stapleton, November 21, 1921 (some sources say 1923 or 1924),in Newark, NJ; died of congestive heart failure (one source says pneumonia),December 9, 1995, in New York City. Actress. Vivian Blaine is best rememberedfor her role as the original Miss Adelaide in the hit Frank Loesser/Abe Burrows musical Guys and Dolls, for which she was awarded the New York Theatre Goers Award for Musical Comedy Star of the Year in 1951. Blaine portrayed the squeaky-voiced singer at the Hot Box Club who complained about her fiancee Nathan Detroit's lack of commitment in the show-stopping tune "Adelaide's Lament." She recreated the role opposite Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons in the 1955 film version of the show. Blaine's father, Lionel Stapleton,was a theatrical agent who launched his daughter's career as a singer while she was still in elementary school. After graduating from high school, Blainetoured as a singer with travelling bands. In 1941, a Hollywood talent scout signed her to a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox studios. She appeared in Jitterbugs (1943) with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, played opposite George Raft and Joan Bennett in Nob Hill (1945), and played the dance-band singer Emily in State Fair (1945). Blaine returned to Broadway after her success in Guysand Dolls in A Hatful of Rain (1956), Company (1971) and Zorba (1984).


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