In 1983 I was at a New Year's Eve party in Chelsea and Dorothy Loudon showed up after having done a performance of Noises Off on Broadway. It was an intimate party, there were probably only a dozen of us there. Dorothy sat down at the piano and sang to us. She was fabulous. The thing which struck us as very poignant was that she felt she HAD to perform and not just enjoying the celebration. I remember several people saying "No! No! You're our guest!" But she wouldn't have it. It was clear she was extremely sad and lonely when her beloved husband died. Maybe performing kept her from having to be herself and exposing her sadness to us. That's one New Year's Eve I'll never forget.
God, I hate people who feel they "must" entertain at small, intimate parties. I don't care who they are.
But I guess star-struck name droppers are impressed by such things.
Thanks, Op - never heard of her before but dig that growl!
r12 You're so lucky! I saw her in Noises Off. She was incredible. Then I made the mistake of seeing the revival with Jane Curtin in her role. I thought it would never end!
Can't stand Louden. She was one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" performers. Too big, too loud, too needy. It's not surprising at all that she insisted on performing at that party.
The Devils of Loudon.
She's around 55 in that video and I'd have pegged her for about 10 years younger.
[quote]It was an intimate party, there were probably only a dozen of us there. Dorothy sat down at the piano and sang to us. She was fabulous.
This is the GAYest post I've read on here for a very long time. I adore it. The whole scenario.
I'd like to frame R12's post and keep it forever.
[quote]God, I hate people who feel they "must" entertain at small, intimate parties.
How can you say this? Has it happened to you often? I'd be in heaven.
It reminds me of the Friends episode where the widow sings to her guests at her husband's post funeral gathering, but refuses to pay Phoebe who's done the catering because she's 'in mourning'.
Perhaps Loudon found the conversation boring, but not wanting to be alone, stayed and sang.
She was definitely talented but, for me, meant strictly for the stage. I fins her exhausting in OP's clip.
This was not The Fats of Life and certainly not an early version of it. It was a 1979 summer replacement sitcom called "Dorothy", which aired the same summer Fats started (i.e. already in the video "can")
Don't make me sing...
Ah you beat me to it, R33.
And correct you are. "Dorothy" started 16 days before "The Facts of Life", the latter being the Diff'rent Strokes spinoff with Charlotte Rae and a built in audience.
Dorothy was on CBS, Facts on NBC.
I worked with her for about the last 5 years of her life. My partner and I spent Xmas Eve with her at least 4 times. She had champagne and caviar and after a couple of pops, she would sit down at her piano and sing 4 or 5 songs. It was incredible to witness. I miss her.
Meh. She really couldn't handle film acting.
This is the Dorothy Loudon I remember.
A good singer and a great entertainer, who liked to entertain. Old fashioned. Ha.
If you prefer to watch someone like Audra MacDonald, seek out any small town opera company. Trust me, she is there, refusing to sing.
Dorothy was the shit.