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Also Known As: Alice Jeanne Leppert Died: May 9, 1998
Born: May 5, 1915 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: singer, actor

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Many young girls dreamt of success on Broadway, but Alice Faye not only attained it, she eclipsed that triumph by also becoming a beloved star of the silver screen. Through a combination of talent, timing and good luck, Faye was able to launch her stage career while still a teenager, demonstrating considerable ability as both a dancer and a singer. She was soon signed to a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox and became a star virtually right out of the gate with her performance in "George White's Scandals" (1934). Parts of similar stature followed in over 30 Fox films, including perennial favorites like "In Old Chicago" (1938), "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938), "Rose of Washington Square" (1939), "Lillian Russell" (1940), "Hello, Frisco, Hello," and "The Gang's All Here" (both 1943). Most of these showcased her skills as a first-rate musical star, but she was also occasionally given the chance to impress viewers as a dramatic performer in headier fare. When her tenure with Fox ended, Faye enjoyed a long and successful run on radio with husband Phil Harris and settled into a retirement that would be periodically interrupted by trips back to the big screen and even Broadway almost 40 years after...

Many young girls dreamt of success on Broadway, but Alice Faye not only attained it, she eclipsed that triumph by also becoming a beloved star of the silver screen. Through a combination of talent, timing and good luck, Faye was able to launch her stage career while still a teenager, demonstrating considerable ability as both a dancer and a singer. She was soon signed to a long-term contract with 20th Century Fox and became a star virtually right out of the gate with her performance in "George White's Scandals" (1934). Parts of similar stature followed in over 30 Fox films, including perennial favorites like "In Old Chicago" (1938), "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938), "Rose of Washington Square" (1939), "Lillian Russell" (1940), "Hello, Frisco, Hello," and "The Gang's All Here" (both 1943). Most of these showcased her skills as a first-rate musical star, but she was also occasionally given the chance to impress viewers as a dramatic performer in headier fare. When her tenure with Fox ended, Faye enjoyed a long and successful run on radio with husband Phil Harris and settled into a retirement that would be periodically interrupted by trips back to the big screen and even Broadway almost 40 years after she last trod the boards there. In addition to becoming the most popular star of musicals in the world for a period of time, Alice Faye was also one of the only movie stars to walk away from the business while at the height of her popularity.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Magic Of Lassie, The (1978) Alice
4.
 State Fair (1962) Melissa Frake
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 Fallen Angel (1945) June Mills
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 Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) Trudy Evans
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 The Gang's All Here (1943) Eadie Allen
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 Week-End in Havana (1941) Nan Spencer
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 The Great American Broadcast (1941) Vicki Adams
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Milestones close milestones

1928:
Hired by the Ziegfeld Follies as a chorus girl; dropped when they discovered Faye was only 13 years old
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Added three years to her age and began her career
1929:
Professional debut as dancer in chorus line at Capitol Theater in New York after auditioning for dance director Chester Hale (date approximate)
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Toured the eastern circuit of Loews Theaters in New York area with Chester Hale's unit
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Joined chorus of New York nightclub, the Hollywood Restaurant, and the chorus of the Palais D'Or floor show
1931:
Broadway debut in dancing chorus of "George White's Scandals of 1931"
1931:
Heard singing at a party by Rudy Vallee and hired to tour as a singer with his orchestra (date approximate)
1933:
Injured in an automobile accident and hospitalized
1933:
Made NBC network radio debut on Rudy Vallee's Fleischmann Hour program
1934:
Film debut, "George White's Scandals" with Rudy Vallee
1935:
Put under contract at William Fox Studio; Fox attempted to turn her into a rival to Jean Harlow
1936:
After creation of 20th Century-Fox, given new contract at a salary of $2000 per week
1938:
Made motion pictures exhibitor's poll of top ten boxoffice stars two years in a row
1940:
Forced to drop out of "Down Argentine Way" due to apendicitis
1943:
Introduced the Oscar-winning song "You'll Never Know" in "Hello, Frisco, Hello"
1943:
Last musical vehicle, "The Gang's All Here"
1945:
Last starring role in the drama "Fallen Angel"; quit the studio over dissatisfaction with the film's final cut which seemed to favor co-star Linda Darnell
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Hosted radio program, "The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show" with husband
1962:
Returned to film acting in "State Fair"
1973:
Appeared on stage in revival of "Good News" with former co-star John Payne
1975:
Toured in "Good News" with another former co-star, Don Ameche
1978:
Made another comeback in several films, including "Every Girl Should Have One" and "The Magic of Lassie"
1984:
Became spokesperson for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, advising "young elders" on how to live a healthy life
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Education

P S 84: New York , New York -

Notes

Miss Fay always insisted she was born in 1915 and not in 1912 which reference books listed, claiming she added the years at the start of her career because she was only 13 when she joined the Chester Hale vaudeville troupe but had to pretend to be 16.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Rudy Vallee. Singer. Faye was named in divorce proceedings initiated by Rudy Vallee's wife in 1935.
husband:
Tony Martin. Singer. Married on Septemeber 4, 1937; divorced in 1940.
husband:
Phil Harris. Bandleader, singer. Married on May 12, 1941; remarried on September 20, 1941; died in July 1995.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Leppert. Policeman. Of Irish ancestry.
mother:
Alice Leppert.
brother:
Bill Leppert. Manager. Older.
daughter:
Alice Harris Regan. Born on May 19, 1942; survived her.
daughter:
Phyllis Harris Middleton. Born on April 26, 1944; survived her.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Growinig Older, Staying Young"
"Alice Faye: A Bio-Bibliography" Greenwood Press

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