Sunday, September 26, 2010

Debbie Reynolds @ The El Portal Theatre

Friday evening I attended the Debbie Reynolds Thalians Benefit concert at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The Thalians is a mental health charity Debbie and actress Ruta Lee started over 50 years.
Here I am with Debbie Reynolds. She's most famous for her starring role in the classic, "Singin' in the Rain", with Gene Kelly, below.

Her stage show is a mix of singing, comedy, and impressions.
She imitates Jimmy Stewart, Bettie Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, and Barbra Streisand, above.
She has been performing this act since the 1960's.

Here I am with actress Ruta Lee.
George Chakiris, from "West Side Story'', with Debbie.
Actress Anne Jeffries.
Actress Mitzi Gaynor, from "South Pacific".
This is actress Susan Claassen, dressed as famed costume designer Edith Head. She's currently performing a one woman show at the El Portal, called "A Conversation With Edith Head".
Some of Edith's original sketches were on display.
Here's Susan with Joan Rivers.
And here's a shot of Debbie Reynolds with the real Edith Head. That's it for this post!