Geraldine Treacy, Estes Park, Colo.
Yes, the 80-year-old performer is still alive and kicking — and singing and dancing, of course. Gaynor appears in the film Oscar Hammerstein II — Out of My Dreams, airing now on PBS, and she takes her one-woman show, Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins, on the road every so often. Gaynor has been a staple on stages since she was a teenager, when she first started working with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera before making a name for herself in Hollywood. She was 19 when she made her film debut opposite Betty Grable in My Blue Heaven in 1950, co-starred with Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe in There’s No Business Like Show Business in 1954, and earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the 1958 movie adaptation of South Pacific.
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