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Author: Clark JonesHildy ParksElliot LawrenceAlbert StephensonCharles LisanbyAll authors
Publisher: U.S. : ABC-TV, ©1982.
Series: Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Variety show celebrating the centennial of the Actors' Fund of America. Interspersed throughout the program are short speeches by various performers, tracing the history of the Actors' Fund and contemporary events. Mary Tyler Moore describes the activities of the Actors' Fund.
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Genre/Form: Variety
Video
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Clark Jones; Hildy Parks; Elliot Lawrence; Albert Stephenson; Charles Lisanby; Alvin Colt; Bill Klages; Violet Holmes; Alexander H Cohen; Orson Welles; Tony Bennett; Harry Belafonte; Liza Minnelli; Grace, Princess of Monaco; Elizabeth Taylor; Hal Linden; Michele Lee; Gavin MacLeod; Pam Dawber; Nancy Dussault; John Schneider; Christopher Cross; Dudley Moore; Robin Williams; Plácido Domingo; Helen Hayes; Lionel Richie; Edward Asner; Doug Henning; Jack Lemmon; David Letterman; Peter Ustinov; Lola Falana; Steve Allen; George Burns; Jane Fonda; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Jason Robards; Ed I Koch; Joel Grey; Carol Channing; Robert Preston; Lucie Arnaz; Robert Klein; Celeste Holm; Alfred Drake; Alexis Smith; Pearl Bailey; Beatrice Arthur; Lauren Bacall; Diahann Carroll; Allison Smith; Dorothy Loudon; Sandy Duncan; Treat Williams; Kaye Ballard; George S Irving; David Garrison; Maureen McGovern; Patrick Cassidy; Richard Kiley; Jerry Orbach; Frank Langella; John Rubinstein; Mickey Rooney; Ann Miller; Mary Martin; Ethel Merman; James Earl Jones; Ben Vereen; Virginia Johnson; Lowell Smith; Mary Tyler Moore; Colleen Dewhurst; Rockettes (Dance company); New York Yankees (Baseball team); Doobie Brothers.; Radio City Music Hall (New York, N.Y.); ABC Television Network.
OCLC Number: 79396036
Notes: Includes commercials.
Credits: Musical director, Elliot Lawrence ; musical staging, Albert Stephenson ; art direction, Charles Lisanby ; costumes, Alvin Colt ; lighting, Bill Klages ; Rockettes staging, Violet Holmes ; executive producer, Alexander H. Cohen.
Cast: [Opening and closing playlet:] Pamela Blair (injured Rockette), Richard Morse (stage manager).
Performer(s): Although 201 celebrities (including a dog) appear onstage, many of these do so only in cameos. For more details about performers, see contents notes below.
Speakers: Orson Welles, Princess Grace, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Hayes, Edward Asner, Jack Lemmon, Peter Ustinov, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Mary Tyler Moore, Colleen Dewhurst.
Event notes: Recorded in performance at Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y. Telecast by ABC-TV.
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS, NTSC) (151 min.) : sd., color with black and white sequences ; 1/2 in.
Contents: Cassette 1 (ca. 93 min. total). [Dance] / by the Rockettes. [Welcome] / by Orson Welles. [Songs] / performed by Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, and Liza Minnelli with the New York Yankees. [Song] / performed by the Doobie Brothers. "What's your line?" / skit performed by Hal Linden, Michele Lee, Gavin MacLeod, Pam Dawber, Nancy Dussault, and John Schneider; includes cameos by stars of various television programs. [Song] / performed by Christopher Cross (singer, guitarist) and Dudley Moore (pianist). [Comic monologue] / performed by Robin Williams. [Dialogue and song] / performed by Miss Piggy and Plácido Domingo. [Tribute to film stars] / film clips followed by cameos by Lillian Gish, Gene Kelly, James Stewart, Myrna Loy, Gregory Peck, Ginger Rogers, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, and James Cagney. [Song] / performed by Lionel Richie and orchestra. [Magic act] / performed by Doug Henning, with Ricky Schroder, Maureen Stapleton, Florence Henderson, and Priscilla Lopez. [Tribute to famous screen partnerships] / introduced with an ensemble dance and a song by Liza Minnelli; film clips followed by cameos by Alice Faye and Don Ameche, Frances Dee and Joel McCrea, June Allyson and Van Johnson, Jack Beutel and Jane Russell, Howard Keel and Jane Powell, Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys, Joan Collins and Farley Granger, Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, Martin Balsam and Sylvia Sidney, Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton. [Comic monologue] / performed by David Letterman. [Song and dance] / performed by Lola Falana with ensemble of pandas. Cassette 2 (ca. 58 min. total). [Comic monologue] / by Steve Allen. The opening of this monologue also appears on cassette 1; the full monologue appears on this cassette. [Fashion show] / after an opening sequence depicting fashions through the ages, various female celebrities model clothing by designers Michaele Vollbracht, Anne Klein, Halston, Geoffrey Beene, Giorgio Sant'Angelo, Mary McFadden, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Stavropoulos, Albert Capraro, the Kohler Collection, Fabrice, and Bob Mackie. Dancer Judith Jamison, one of the models, performs a short dance sequence. [Comic monologue and song] / performed by George Burns. "Mr. Bojangles" / performed by Sammy Davis, Jr. The song pays tribute to legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949). [Tribute to the Broadway musical] / introduced by Edward I. Koch, mayor of New York City; with song medley performed by Joel Grey, Carol Channing, Robert Preston, Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein, Celeste Holm, Alfred Drake, Alexis Smith, Pearl Bailey, Beatrice Arthur, Lauren Bacall, Diahann Carroll, Allison Smith, Dorothy Loudon, Sandy Duncan, Treat Williams, Kaye Ballard, George S. Irving, David Garrison, Maureen McGovern, Patrick Cassidy, Richard Kiley, Jerry Orbach, Frank Langella, John Rubinstein, Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman. Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin appear in a cameo. "The greatest" / sung by Ben Vereen; danced by Virginia Johnson and Lowell Smith of Dance Theatre of Harlem. "One" / danced by the Rockettes. At the conclusion of the dance, each Rockette is partnered by a male celebrity. [Finale] / performed by the entire cast.
Series Title: Gregory Hines Collection of American Tap Dance.
Responsibility: a Bentwood Television production ; directed by Clark Jones ; written and produced by Hildy Parks.

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Variety show celebrating the centennial of the Actors' Fund of America. Interspersed throughout the program are short speeches by various performers, tracing the history of the Actors' Fund and contemporary events. Mary Tyler Moore describes the activities of the Actors' Fund.

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