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The greatest performance by a dress in television history.

This is it.

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by Anonymousreply 8405/04/2021

It was designed by Bob Mackie, who would later work for Carol Burnett and Cher.

by Anonymousreply 104/01/2021

The dress is eleventyzillion times better than the voice.

by Anonymousreply 204/01/2021

Sexy yet not slutty. Sad bitches these days think dressing like a stripper is what sexy is about.

by Anonymousreply 304/01/2021

That was fun. I agree with R2. The dress was way better.

by Anonymousreply 404/01/2021

r2 and r4, Mitzi Gaynor would agree with you. She's that great and always in on the joke.

by Anonymousreply 504/01/2021

I wonder what happened to the dancers in the video?

by Anonymousreply 604/01/2021

Mitzi was the poor man's version of Jayne Mansfield.

by Anonymousreply 704/01/2021

Damn R6, that’s the first thing I thought of too. That dress, those boys, that number....FABULOUS!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 804/01/2021

Love the dress - it reminds me of Marilyn's when she sang to JFK. Probably pretty scandalous in the day.

And Mitzi is a name that deserves a come-back. It's fun as hell.

by Anonymousreply 904/01/2021

[quote]Mitzi was the poor man's version of Jayne Mansfield.

No she was not. Not at all. A completely different type and performer.

by Anonymousreply 1004/01/2021

That number is excellent. The song, the choreography, the way it was filmed.

Gaynor's often off-key singing voice even works here. It's a Brazilian song....ever hear Astrud Gilberto?

by Anonymousreply 1104/01/2021

I love her. I named my Lhasa Apso after her.

by Anonymousreply 1204/01/2021

Great stories from her. She self aware. I love that.

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by Anonymousreply 1304/01/2021

^^^ She talks about them. Very handsome couple.

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by Anonymousreply 1404/01/2021

I win.

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by Anonymousreply 1504/01/2021

The dress deserved it's own series. That song would have been better in Spanish.

by Anonymousreply 1604/01/2021

R16 Spanish? The song is so Brazilian Portuguese.

by Anonymousreply 1704/01/2021

The original song. Gorgeous.

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by Anonymousreply 1804/01/2021

I always loved Bob Mackie’s fashions. Perfect dress for that performance and Mitzi wore it well. I too wondered about the guys — no close-ups, and I wonder if any of them later became famous. Also wonder, who today could wear that dress as beautifully as Mitzi did?

by Anonymousreply 1904/01/2021

I’m tired. I wasn’t clear in R19.

What I meant was, if we were able to see their faces clearly, I wonder if any of the guys would be recognizable to us now, as celebrities.

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by Anonymousreply 2104/02/2021

Absolutely gay iconic moment. Mitzi loves the gays. She a gay ally. People gave her shit about it but she was like fuck yoooooou! She respected gays at a time when most people in the US hated us. She was beautiful and had balls.

by Anonymousreply 2204/02/2021

Choreography by Danny Daniels....choreography, wiggle wiggle , head bounce....chorepgraphy heh heh heh.

My MGM movie loving Mother took us as little kids to see her at The Westbury Music Fair on Long Island. I had no idea who she was and I didn't care. Two hours later I had no idea who she was and I didn't care. Now when Debbie Reynolds came to town that was another story.

by Anonymousreply 2304/02/2021

Mitzi is the poor man's Joey Hetherton.

by Anonymousreply 2404/02/2021

There is a CBS interview from about a year ago on youtube and it is very depressing. She is now an old lady who can barely move. Shrunken and feeble in a way you could never imagine this lady being. She is nearly 90 but you kind of think she would have gotten to 50 and always remained that way. She seems to have had a series of minor strokes.

by Anonymousreply 2504/02/2021

[quote]Mitzi is the poor man's Joey Hetherton.

Mitzi Gaynor was a movie star. Not A -list but she did have starring roles in major productions including "South Pacific" one of the biggest box office successes of the 1950s. Moved on to TV and had a series of yearly Specials that rated highly.

Joey Heatherton can't compare.

by Anonymousreply 2604/02/2021

r25, this? She almost 90. I can understand if she was a bit serious.

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by Anonymousreply 2704/02/2021

[quote]Choreography by Danny Daniels....choreography, wiggle wiggle , head bounce....chorepgraphy heh heh heh.

For that number that's all she needed to do. The song is a cool Samba.

The choreography between her and the boys is actually rather sophisticated.

by Anonymousreply 2804/02/2021

Yes I said she's nearly 90. As unrealistic as it is you want these people to remain young. You want her to remain on stage and dance in a Mackie gown. Now she's an old woman and it hurts.

by Anonymousreply 2904/02/2021

Mitzi and Marilyn.

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by Anonymousreply 3004/02/2021

Thank you R26, I was thinking of posting the something similar. Mitzi's not the poor man's anything, especially the examples posted here.

Mitzi is an old-fashioned, hard working broad. She worked hard at a movie career, knowing she really did not have "it" like some (and very few) others do - personally, I really enjoy her work in "There's No Business Like Show Business." She's adorable.

Movie career over? Shift gears, go to work in nightclubs and TV - a girl's got to eat and you gotta make money to do that. her TV specials rec'd high ratings, the networks asked her back over and over.

Her description of working with Mackie is great, would probably be funnier with some salty language if she had a drink in hand.

I saw an interview with Mackie years ago and he is also very clear about his job for Mitzi, Carol Cher etc... he did not create fashion he created costumes and they are very different. Costumes. Yes he can design fashion - and has, but not when the outfit is for TV or nightclubs.

Mitzi and Mackie, birds of a feather and part of a small slice of entertainment that is long gone. Thank God for youtube clips! Now let's watch Went With the Wind for the famous dress!

by Anonymousreply 3104/02/2021

[quote]who today could wear that dress as beautifully as Mitzi did?

I can’t think of anyone.

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by Anonymousreply 3204/03/2021

Appropriate for the season, and from "Mitzi Zings Into Spring!"

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by Anonymousreply 3504/03/2021

Mitzi was not beautiful, nor was she a great singer, and as that clip amply shows, she was far from a great dancer. And God knows she was not a great actress. But she had tons of pizzazz and energy and a great body, and she was a lot of fun.

by Anonymousreply 3604/03/2021

A gorgeous Gene Kelly together with Mitzi

I know she's in heels but Gene Kelly seems small in stature compared to her.

[quote]Mitzi's not the poor man's anything, especially the examples posted here.

The only performer who I think was sort of similar to Mitzi Gaynor as far as types go was Juliet Prowse. Could we say Juliet Prowse was the poor man's Mitzi Gaynor?

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by Anonymousreply 3704/03/2021

No one is the poor man's Mitzi Gaynor. That's categorically impossible.

by Anonymousreply 3804/03/2021

If you had told me that DL's Eldergays would get worked up by a 52 year old video of a 38 year old woman in a dress singing torch songs....

by Anonymousreply 3904/03/2021

To change the topic.. Also , by Bob Mackie Carol Burnett's drapery dress in WENT WITH THE WIND .

by Anonymousreply 4004/03/2021

Fun OP thanks

by Anonymousreply 4104/04/2021

I warned her not to wear it and face worldwide humiliation.

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by Anonymousreply 4204/04/2021

Surely Deborah Kerr owns this thread for frocks in films?

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by Anonymousreply 4304/04/2021

R37, thanks for the "Les Girls" clip... I didn't know Mitzi danced with Gene Kelly. You're right, Kelly is definitely not tall in it - he and MG seem well-matched in size.

It's definitely a routine that shows how different Kelly and Astaire were... Fred could never have pulled off that outfit and attitude. Gene really was sexy when he wanted to be.

And yes, perhaps Prowse was the poor man's Gaynor.

BTW - I saw Mitzi as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, back in the early 1990s. Her costumes were by Bob Mackie (natch!). I remember her as being too much Mitzi and not enough in character. True story, she left the stage during the big "Blow Gabriel Blow" number in order to change costumes! She re-appeared with a big, ta-da type reveal. Ridiculous, I think some of the audience loved it.

by Anonymousreply 4404/04/2021

That dress with it's illusion of nudity reminds me of the Jean Louis designed dress for Marlene in concert.

by Anonymousreply 4504/04/2021

The naked dress was done for Mitzi first. Cher made it a sensation at the MET gala.

Bob always talks about Mitzi in interviews. I never knew her or anything about her.

I went back and looked her up on You Tube. What a great broad. So much to love.

by Anonymousreply 4604/04/2021

R44, actually the exit is part of the number. I cannot remember if LuPone changed costume.

(But she famously got involved in a card game with stage hands and nearly missed her re-entrance.)

by Anonymousreply 4704/04/2021

R15 - Madonna did it better on the MTV Music Awards

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by Anonymousreply 4804/04/2021

r18, fuck, I didn't even recognize it!

by Anonymousreply 4904/04/2021

Mackie was working here from the plinth of the designer JeanLouis, who invented the modern version of the nude dress for Marlene Dietrich for her Cafe de Paris and Vegas shows. They used a newly invented stretch moussiline (sp) to sew the sewuins on, but it would tear easily. Dieteich used to show her nipples for the Parisian audiences.

by Anonymousreply 5004/04/2021

She is incredible. So good to her dancers. One of my friends had AIDS in the early 90s. She kept him working as long as he wanted. When he couldn’t dance anymore she put him in charge of the dancers. Loyal to him til the end, and his partner afterward. Her husband showed the same loyalty. She has worked hard and lived her life well.

by Anonymousreply 5104/04/2021

Mitzi was originally considered to play Sugar Kane in Some Like it Hot, before Marilyn became involved.

by Anonymousreply 5204/04/2021

R23, Danny Daniels was a respected Broadway and film dancer and choreographer.

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by Anonymousreply 5304/04/2021

His Broadway credits.

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by Anonymousreply 5404/04/2021

R51, were your friends Wayne and Ron?

by Anonymousreply 5504/04/2021

Beautiful! What a dress and what a body!

by Anonymousreply 5604/04/2021

R55, no. Michael was his name.

by Anonymousreply 5704/04/2021

Thanks, R55. I knew a couple of her dancers back then.

by Anonymousreply 5804/04/2021

I think was Mitzi like the Betty Grable of the 1950s for Fox but not as big as star as Grable was in the 1940s. She had the same all-American girl quality without the sex appeal of a Marilyn. Check out There's No Business Like Show Business where Mitzi and Marilyn have a number together called "Lazy".

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by Anonymousreply 5904/04/2021

The greatest performance by cowbells in a pussy.

by Anonymousreply 6004/04/2021

She moves so effortlessly and elegantly in the "Les Girls" clip. She pairs beautifully with Kelly, nice sexual energy. Love the contrast between their hair color too.

by Anonymousreply 6104/04/2021

[quote]Mitzi was the poor man's version of Jayne Mansfield.

You apparently have confused Mitzi Gaynor with Mamie Van Doren, who was the poor man's version of Jayne Mansfield, who was the poor man's version of Marilyn Monroe.

by Anonymousreply 6204/04/2021

R62 OR maybe he confused her with Diana Dors who was the poor man's version of Mamie Van Doren, who was the poor man's version of Jayne Mansfield, who was the poor man's version of Marilyn Monroe.

by Anonymousreply 6304/04/2021

Maybe you could make the case that Mitzi was the poor man's Doris Day. After all she got South Pacific, a part you would think Doris would have been given.

by Anonymousreply 6404/04/2021

as for what happened to the guys, I'm not sure, but here are their names.

Oh, this show won an Emmy -- not for the dress though.

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by Anonymousreply 6504/04/2021

I remember this special "Mitzi Zings into Spring" when I was a kid; it pre-empted regular programming and I thought WHO is this woman?

And why is she 'zinging' into spring?

by Anonymousreply 6604/04/2021

In an interview about the making of "South Pacific," Mitzi credits Joshua Logan as being "the man who got me out of sequins." Clearly she didn't stay out of them for very long.

by Anonymousreply 6704/04/2021

By the time 1960 rolled around, if you were going to cast a big film musical you'd go with Doris Day, Shirley McLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones. And then Julie Andrews and Babs showed up. So really, there wasn't much room for a Mitzi Gaynor.

Apparently this is the number (below) that landed her, her TV Specials and was the start of her comeback.

Legend has it that this number got the longest applause for a musical number in Oscar history.

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by Anonymousreply 6804/04/2021

R68, one of those dancers is Lee Roy Reams.

by Anonymousreply 6904/04/2021

Well "South Pacific" was lousy and ugly with it's weird gels and filters masking the glorious scenery. Something everyone including the director regretted. It wasn't even a big hit, "The Sound Of Music" played three years in theaters in it's initial run and re-released many times. "South Pacific" isn't remotely considered a classic.

by Anonymousreply 7004/04/2021

[quote]Well "South Pacific" was lousy and ugly with it's weird gels and filters masking the glorious scenery. Something everyone including the director regretted. It wasn't even a big hit,

"South Pacific" was the top-grossing movie of 1958. You don't know what you're talking about.

by Anonymousreply 7104/04/2021

Plus Mitzi was the only one not dubbed.

by Anonymousreply 7204/04/2021

South Pacific was a very very big hit. It played in London's Dominion theater for four fucking years. Probably the longest run of a movie in one theater ever. It is still beloved by many people.

I agree with you about the filters. It turns it into an ugly mess. Still I got to see it once in a Todd AO print in 6 track stereo on a humongous curved screen and it was a very impressive experience. The opening notes at the beginning of Bali Hai at the beginning of the movie had me pinned to the back of the theater.

by Anonymousreply 7304/04/2021

[quote]Plus Mitzi was the only one not dubbed.

Juanita Hall was dubbed as Bloody Mary even though she had created the role on Broadway. Richard Rodgers preferred the singing voice of Muriel Smith, who had played the role in London, and had her dub Hall. That must have hurt.

by Anonymousreply 7404/04/2021

And it seems everyone wanted Juanita Hall's voice in the film except Rodgers and his word was law. Clearly he had no problem with it in FDS.

by Anonymousreply 7504/04/2021

[quote]"South Pacific" was the top-grossing movie of 1958. You don't know what you're talking about.

And for the entire decade it is tied at 11th place (with "Rear Window"). You're right, he doesn't know what he's talking about.

by Anonymousreply 7604/04/2021

Dawson was the poor man's Mitzi Gaynor.

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Bob did the original sketches for the happy birthday dress.

by Anonymousreply 7804/04/2021

Haha at R77, “Man pleasing recipes”.

by Anonymousreply 7904/04/2021

Simulated nude dresses go back at least to Rita Hayworth in the mid 40s. I bet there are examples that go back further.

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by Anonymousreply 8105/03/2021

History of the nude illusion dress:

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by Anonymousreply 8205/04/2021

R33, thanks. I can finally say I saw Wayne Rogers dance.

by Anonymousreply 8305/04/2021

The dress is spectacular. What really impresses me is the set decoration and the lighting. Here’s another number (which Mitzi hated) with an amazing backdrop, lighting and camera work. All rendered in the glorious 1960s palette of an RCA TK-42 color television camera.

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