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Hollywood Party Memories
by Ray Sherman
At Debbie Reynolds' house:
Robert Morse does his impression of Gene Kelly singing "For
Me And My Gal."
A lady asks us for some Hawaiian music so she can do a hula.
About eight bars into the tune, she starts stripping. The bass player
leans over and says, "Women like to take their clothes off."
Van Johnson comes in with his entourage. He leans his
elbow on the piano, props his chin in his hand and gives me a long, soulful
I'm playing a ballad medley, oblivious to who is or who isn't
at the party. I decide to go into "All The Way," one of my favorite
songs, not giving a second thought to who the writers were. Sammy
Cahn dances by and says, "Thank you."
At Shirley MacLaine's house:
Christmas party at David O. Selznick's
I'm playing "Sophisticated Lady." Edie Adams walks
by and says, "I hate that song."
Jayne Meadows (who is with Steve Allen) leans across the
piano and says, "Would you please tell Shirley we left -- I don't like
to say good-bye."
On my break, on the way to the rest room, I pass Ms. MacLaine
bawling out her secretary, who is in tears.
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Anne Shirley comes out on the patio to keep us company during
Judy Garland sits in one position on a couch all evening,
pouting. She doesn't honor any requests to sing.
In the foyer, on my way out, I hear Merle Oberon loudly cussing
out her escort.
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