September 7, 1989 |
Although he was nothing like his madcap screen image, Groucho Marx was, as announcer George Fenneman would say, "the one and only Groucho." Groucho's daughter, Miriam Marx Allen, remembers one time in the 1930s when MGM director Archie Mayo was building a house across the street from the Marxes' Beverly Hills home. The pool was already finished, and Mayo told Groucho, "Any time you want to use our pool, go on over."
September 7, 1989 |
The Groucho Marx the public knew was the leering, cigar-smoking iconoclast with the greasepaint mustache, the bobbing eyebrows, the loping walk and caustic wit. To a posh woman in "A Day at the Races," who huffed that she had never been so insulted in her life, Groucho said: "Don't worry, it's early yet."
June 6, 1991 |
"I've always had this dream," Newport Beach writer John J. Gobbell says, "of a fellow escaping from a waterfront warehouse in San Diego in a mini-submarine. I've had the dream for about 15 years. I don't know why." Gobbell is proof that dreams sometimes do come true. His first novel, "The Brutus Lie," features a top-secret, fuel-cell-powered mini-submarine (the Brutus) that is commandeered by its designer, a former U.S.
March 25, 1994 |
As the quintessential Groucho Marx impersonator, Frank Ferrante has many fans, but none more convinced of his talent for mimicry than the late, great comedian's daughter, Miriam Marx Allen. "I don't think Frank just plays my father," she said. "I think he becomes him." That's why she'll be attending Ferrante's affectionate tribute, "An Evening With Groucho," tonight at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa.
February 26, 1993 |
Back in 1985, Frank Ferrante gave a performance that changed his life. He was playing the title role--the only role--in "An Evening With Groucho" as a senior project at USC. In the audience were some very special people: Miriam Allen Marx and Arthur Marx, Groucho's daughter and son, and writer Morrie Ryskind, who had collaborated on such Marx Brothers gems as "The Cocoanuts," "Animal Crackers" and "A Night at the Opera." Miriam Allen Marx was charmed and wrote him a fan letter.