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Also Known As: Vivienne S Stapleton Died: December 9, 1995
Born: November 21, 1921 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, singer

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This strawberry blonde musical performer put in years in variety acts and as a bland screen cutie before proving her talent on Broadway. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Blaine was trouping in vaudeville and nightclubs while still in grade school. From 1935 through 1941 Blaine worked as a band singer; spotted by a 20th Century-Fox agent, she was signed by the studio in 1942.

This strawberry blonde musical performer put in years in variety acts and as a bland screen cutie before proving her talent on Broadway. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Blaine was trouping in vaudeville and nightclubs while still in grade school. From 1935 through 1941 Blaine worked as a band singer; spotted by a 20th Century-Fox agent, she was signed by the studio in 1942.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 I'm Going to Be Famous (1982) Laura Lowell
3.
 Parasite (1982) Miss Daley
4.
 Fast Friends (1979) Sylvia
5.
 Dark, The (1979) Courtney Floyd
6.
 Cracker Factory (1979) Helen
7.
 Sooner Or Later (1979) Cosmetic Saleslady
8.
 Katie: Portrait Of Centerfold (1978) Marietta Cutler
9.
 Richard (1972) Washington doctor
10.
 Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957) Rita De Lacey
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Began performing in vaudeville at age 3
1942:
Signed contract with 20th Century-Fox (through 1946)
1942:
Film debut "Through Different Eyes"
1947:
London debut in variety acts at Casino Theatre
1950:
Broadway debut as Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls"
1951:
TV debut, regular on the NBC variety show "Those Two"
1955:
Recreated Broadway role opposite Frank Sinatra in film version of "Guys and Dolls"
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Education

Southside High School: -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

"That part was virtually written as the play was rehearsed. Vivian would suggest things she had thought out for Miss Adelaide to do. Before long Miss Adelaide became one of the strongest elements in the show, simply because an actress had put her mind to making something out of nothing." --husband/agent Manny Franks in 1952 on Blaine's involvement with "Guys and Dolls", quoted in NEW YORK TIMES, December 14, 1995

Blaine was voted the Best Dressed Woman Award by the Fashion Academy in 1952

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husband:
Manuel George Frank. Agent. Married on January 10, 1945; divorced.
husband:
Milton Rackmil. Executive. Served as president of both Universal Pictures and Decca Records; married in 1959; divorced in 1961.
husband:
Stuart Clark. Divorced.

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father:
Lionel P Stapleton. Theatrical agent.
mother:
Wilhelmina Stapleton.

Contributions

Sven ( 2007-05-27 )

Source: Colin Briggs article in Classic Images;

Correction: Vivian Blaine was not divorced from her last husband Stuart Clark. He survived her at her death.
Additional information: Vivian Blaine also appeared on Broadway in Hatful of Rain with Steve McQueen, Company and briefly, Zorba. She appeared in Guys and Dolls in London including a command performance for Queen Elizabeth and she did a revival of Guys and Dolls at Lincoln Center Theater.

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