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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1987
As the granddaughter of L.F. Baum, I would like to extend to the family of Ray Bolger my sympathy on his death. Ray Bolger's interpretation of the Scarecrow in the 1939 movie was my favorite. I always enjoyed his work and his rendition of "Once in Love with Amy," in "Where's Charley?" It still rings in my ears. I thank him for the many years of enjoyment he contributed to us the public--he will be missed. OZMA BAUM MANTILE Downey
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January 9, 2012
What cast member from 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" played Grandpa for three episodes on "The Partridge Family"? Ray Bolger
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1987
I was a 17-year-old Marine on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942 and part of 1943. This was really the first offensive action taken against the Japanese very early in World War II. I recall so vividly the first entertainment we had seen. There was Ray Bolger doing some of his best song and dance routines with the late great "Little Jack Little" at the beat-up piano. The enemy was very close and we were constantly under air strikes. I remember thinking that it took a lot for them to be there, Guadalcanal of all places.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2005 | Susan King
The Wizard of Oz -- Three-Disc Collector's Edition (Warner Home Video, $50) THIS new three-disc set of the beloved 1939 musical fantasy does feature several of the extras that appeared on the special two-disc set released a few years back with documentaries, tributes, home movies, outtakes and deleted sequences. But thankfully this handsomely packaged collector's edition is packed with new goodies, notably a digitally restored version of the movie as well as several early silent "Oz" films.
NEWS
January 16, 1987 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Ray Bolger, the angular, disjointed hoofer whose crackling voice and lilting smile made him a favorite of film fans and theatergoers for nearly 60 years, died Thursday. The last survivor of that dedicated and desperate band of travelers who made filmdom's legendary journey down the Yellow Brick Road to see "The Wizard of Oz" was 83 and died at a Los Angeles nursing home of cancer, family spokesman Barry Greenberg said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2012
What cast member from 1939's "The Wizard of Oz" played Grandpa for three episodes on "The Partridge Family"? Ray Bolger
BOOKS
October 16, 1994
I am doing research for a writing project on the life and work of the late Ray Bolger. Seeking personal anecdotes, and photographs, memories covering anything from vaudeville and OZ to CBS, Ballanchine, and Broadway experiences. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew him or worked with him. VICTORIA SHAW, 111 CHESTER AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA. 94930
NEWS
January 17, 1987
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church of Beverly Hills for dancer-comedian Ray Bolger, who died Thursday at age 83. Burial for the last of the stars of the 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz," will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jack Lemmon has accepted his first television role in 11 years, playing a Georgia governor in an NBC miniseries about the 1913 murder of a factory girl and the lynching of her Jewish boss. The four-hour miniseries, "The Ballad of Mary Phagan," will be broadcast next season. Shooting begins in May in and around Richmond, Va. The last time the Academy Award-winning actor appeared on television was in the 1975 made-for-television movie "The Entertainer," with the late Ray Bolger.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Cost of production: $2,777,000. Shooting schedule: 22 weeks. Number of directors: 3 (Richard Thorpe, Victor Fleming, King Vidor). Number of writers: 10 (three with screen credit). Judy Garland's salary: $500 a week. Ray Bolger's salary: $3,000 a week. Jack Haley's salary: $3,000 a week. Bert Lahr's salary: $2,500 a week. Number of midgets employed: 124. Toto's breed: Cairn Terrier. Toto's salary: $125 a week. Number of actors: 600. Number of costumes: 1,000.
BOOKS
October 16, 1994
I am doing research for a writing project on the life and work of the late Ray Bolger. Seeking personal anecdotes, and photographs, memories covering anything from vaudeville and OZ to CBS, Ballanchine, and Broadway experiences. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew him or worked with him. VICTORIA SHAW, 111 CHESTER AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA. 94930
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1991
Well, so much for John Godfrey, the knowledgeable play reviewer. If he's so familiar with the movie "Wizard of Oz" as he claims "everybody" is, why does he think Ray Bolger ended up with the heart ("Quest for Oz Never Gets Out of Kansas," Calendar, May 25)? Does the line from Bolger's routine "If I only had a brain" sound remotely familiar to him? No wonder we've disagreed with so many of his reviews. In contrast, Sylvie Drake did a top job on her "The Snow Ball" review. RUTH McMONAGLE, Carlsbad
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Cost of production: $2,777,000. Shooting schedule: 22 weeks. Number of directors: 3 (Richard Thorpe, Victor Fleming, King Vidor). Number of writers: 10 (three with screen credit). Judy Garland's salary: $500 a week. Ray Bolger's salary: $3,000 a week. Jack Haley's salary: $3,000 a week. Bert Lahr's salary: $2,500 a week. Number of midgets employed: 124. Toto's breed: Cairn Terrier. Toto's salary: $125 a week. Number of actors: 600. Number of costumes: 1,000.
NEWS
November 14, 1987 | MIKE WYMA, Wyma is a Toluca Lake free-lance writer.
As a cassette player thumped out the opening bars of a tune from "A Chorus Line," tap-dance teacher Vicky Simons and 30 of her students hung in the air for an instant like acrobats before a leap. One grandmother's mental concentration was so intense that she stopped her constant gum chewing. Another's brow furrowed in preparation. A moment later, the music hit a downbeat, and the sound of clacking tap shoes filled the room at Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jack Lemmon has accepted his first television role in 11 years, playing a Georgia governor in an NBC miniseries about the 1913 murder of a factory girl and the lynching of her Jewish boss. The four-hour miniseries, "The Ballad of Mary Phagan," will be broadcast next season. Shooting begins in May in and around Richmond, Va. The last time the Academy Award-winning actor appeared on television was in the 1975 made-for-television movie "The Entertainer," with the late Ray Bolger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1987
As the granddaughter of L.F. Baum, I would like to extend to the family of Ray Bolger my sympathy on his death. Ray Bolger's interpretation of the Scarecrow in the 1939 movie was my favorite. I always enjoyed his work and his rendition of "Once in Love with Amy," in "Where's Charley?" It still rings in my ears. I thank him for the many years of enjoyment he contributed to us the public--he will be missed. OZMA BAUM MANTILE Downey
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1987
I was a 17-year-old Marine on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942 and part of 1943. This was really the first offensive action taken against the Japanese very early in World War II. I recall so vividly the first entertainment we had seen. There was Ray Bolger doing some of his best song and dance routines with the late great "Little Jack Little" at the beat-up piano. The enemy was very close and we were constantly under air strikes. I remember thinking that it took a lot for them to be there, Guadalcanal of all places.
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