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"mabel mercer" Discussed on Making Gay History

Making Gay History

08:16 min | 6 months ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on Making Gay History

"Spotlit in a board. And and Mabel Mercer's playing on the phonograph right so I describe this little Dr Fry in Dr Fries. Reaction was I. Don't I wouldn't see those guys anymore factory and that's what Gail was like that's going to so there wasn't there wasn't a local gay student group you to call it was. I mean I love going back to Yale now and this is my real yardstick of of how far we've come even though. I'm always yelling about how we've not come far enough. I go back to Yale and Yale is like the college now and there's the dance every year for well over a thousand gay men and women in in you know across the campus from where I tried to kill myself because I thought I was the only one so that is your yardstick for change. It certainly is. Yeah that thirty years time you were completely alone thirty years. It is. God doesn't long time. So where does that leave us? A lot of change no change well. I guess it's in. It's in my nature to be impatient and I only got politically involved because of AIDS and there is no question that we have lost the war to AIDS and that we've lost and we'll continue to lose a great many people when we did not have to lose and that the speed of research treatment education you name. It has been tragically in an inhumanely. Slow it's an epidemic that need not have happened and that we should have listened There's no question that that enough people knew what was happening. Should've list we'll specifically. You should listen well the community. I mean the gay press the gay leaders. You were there before. It was an epidemic or just as it was becoming. Well I think now we know that even when we found out eighty one it was much bigger than we thought but we thought it was just the beginning right. Eighty one in this very room in August. Eighty one eighty men sat with Dr Freeman keen from Nyu who told us in no uncertain terms exactly what was happening and and he was right at eighty one in. August of eighty one. The New York Times article that alerted. Everybody really was July third eighty one. The New York Times headline was freer. Cancer Semen forty-one homosexuals and said that all the guys had the same history which was a history of of having had all of these sexual diseases. Amoeba was hepatitis A. and B. and mononucleosis syphilis gonorrhea n-name it. When I saw that in the New York Times I was scared. Because I'd had all of that and I guess the penny dropped the English say or the bell rang or something I call Larry. Massu was was it is my friend. Who's a doctor? And who had written some articles? He wrote a health column for the native and had written about it before the Times had and And I guess I've spoken to Him peripherally about it but not it had. The Bell Hasn't Rung Until The Times. That's the way of making you really stood up and say wow of times covers. It has to be real so he said go talked. Alvin to Dr Freeman keen which I did and Alvin who turned out to be gay and we turned out to have mutual friends. Said this is what's happening. You GotTa Stop Fucking. You're someone well known in the Gay Community. You have to do something about it. Somebody's got to go out there and tell them and it was because of that that I invited Larry Math and I and two other guys. Now dead Donald Been Paul. Rapoport invited everyone. We knew to come to this. First Meeting in August include people from from political groups capable? He got on the phone and we call everybody we called. Anyone could think of political people rich people media people doctors none them showed up and It was a good cross section and It was a lot of people didn't believe him. Did you know this was a hot political football when you picked it up or did you expect people to respond to you or to what you have to say that very meeting that night with without the early evening with Alvin so that I mean there are a lot of very nasty questions put him? There are a lot of people saying you know you're a born again How can you make all of these assumptions on the basis of so few cases? And how can you expect to hope community to stop talking and you know there was no virus? Then people say there's no virus now but it certainly wasn't a virus then that didn't come for another couple of years people could say you have no evidence to base this on and anyone say even if there's the slightest possibility well that's what he was saying and that's what I was saying and It wasn't so much the people that Paul Popham and Nathan Fain who came to be my big adversaries and Gamons health crisis. It wasn't so much that they didn't believe or not believe what was happening. Paul had of course lost a couple friends by them and the lover it was that he didn't think it was Jimmy sees or anybody's position to tell anybody else how to live their lives and that people had to make up their own lines so a lot of valuable time was lost. Not BEING THE CONDUIT. I thought I was setting up or funny to help. Set up with others an organization that was going to do one thing and that organization became and still is another. What was what was set up to spread information and to fight to fight to make the system accountable and to spread the word of what was happening and that you know we got a cool it. It was not that at all it was. It became very quickly. It was taken over by the social workers and and then it is now what it is then. It's a social service in a very good social service organization but it again. That's our tragedy. It's an organization that that helps people to die and is not an organization that helps the living go on living and we still don't have an organization to do that is that maybe act up. Bush came along much too late Beverly for never but much too late. I BLAME MYSELF. I I am very cognizant of of a great failure on my part that I did not have the ability to be leader that I did not have the ability to deal with my adversaries and still be friends. God didn't there is a God. Did Not give the gay community leader when the gay community needed a leader and you feel awesome and you failed in that role and I failed in that role. I feel very strongly failed role. What does the future hold? Then I think age is.

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on Making Gay History

Making Gay History

06:59 min | 6 months ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on Making Gay History

"I've talked before in this series revisiting the archive about anger. How it can fuel action? How an anger is partnered with love? It can produce a kind of righteous rage that propels us those of us who lived through the AIDS crisis. Know about it. Some of US learned it from Larry Kramer who died this week in Manhattan where he's lived for. Decades Larry was famous for being one of the first billions to sound the alarm during that last epidemic. The one that began forty years ago he was on the front lines even before aids was called AIDS and became a global epidemic at swept away more than thirty million lives before AIDS. Larry was best known for his work as a screenwriter and author but the virus that was claiming so many lives in the political indifference political negligence that greeted it turned Larry into a very public activist. His friends were dying and he felt compelled to do something more than to just bury the dead and mourn their loss in nineteen. Eighty-two Larry co-founded a gay men's health crisis now known as GM five years later he co-founded act up the AIDS coalition to unleash power. Act Up came to be known for its brilliant use of public protests to bring attention to the epidemic by early nineteen eighty nine. When I I met Larry AIDS take in more than sixty thousand lives. Most of them. Gay Men Larry quickly earned a reputation as an uncompromising firebrand with a fierce temper. I'm not proud of it. But that kind of person generally inspires me to run in the other direction. I was more than a little anxious. I approached the door to Larry's apartment in a building that fronts Washington Square Park in New York. City's Greenwich Village. As I said when this episode originally aired I got myself worked up. Nothing I brace myself for a tornado and found the teddy bear. Here's the same. Larry welcomed me into a spacious apartment and showed me into his all white book line living room and I took a seat opposite him across a broad desk as I said at my tape recorder and attach the Mike to his shirt. We talked about how we both had wanted to find a husband early in life and settle down and that led us back in time to Larry's memories as it confused and Unhappy College student in the Early Nineteen fifties. I pressed record interview with Larry Kramer Thursday January twenty six thousand nine hundred eighty nine at the home of Larry Kramer in New York City. Interviewer is Eric. Marcus tape one side one. When I went to Yale I thought I was the only gay person in the world and tried to kill myself because I was so lonely. Did try to What am I think that was fifty? Three was the year my freshman year. Yeah is awful. I mean I do want to go back that far curious because I was a college student on seventy six desperately unhappy. We're at Vassar College. There were there were a lot of gays. They weren't that many people think there were a lot if there were so many gays. Why was I so unhappy? Miserable person and And deaths seemed very appealing at moments during my freshman year when I was dating a woman in making off the man by in life and fifty three must have been much more difficult than seventy six at Vassar. You can even start in shifty. Three Easter I knew I was gay. I think from the day I was born and I think that there have been I. I now know that there were isolate. They were experiences all through before. I even got to Yale. And they were all covert in guilt. Inducing on on everybody's part so the it seemed as if all those early years were spent trying to deny these feelings the feelings would sort of get to strong erupt in and I would have an experience. Which would autumn always make me feel guilty in one way or another and then you put it you become. Sylvia's would come down for a while a week a week or two and Yale was awful. There was a gay bar called parolees. It was awful the time when I finally have the courage to go there. It was only two blocks from campus. But it was a million years away. It was very dark and grey and inside and smokey and and filled with old old older man and I only went the once and somebody picked me up. A car drove for like hours before we found a place that was quiet to do it and then he drove me back where you didn't say a word all of that list of yourself. I eight two hundred aspirin. Oh my God talk about slow and Miss. You must have been pretty miserable to swallow two hundred and yours anymore. Will after you wanted out. Was that who knows. It's a scene. I'll never forget the scene of taking pills the Yup and find you're still better. I didn't wake up. I I went to bed and I got scared and I call. The campus. Police came took me to the hospital and put myself and that was in woke then I fell asleep and I woke up in a room with bars and after grace new haven hospital and there. Was this very unpleasant hospital psychiatrist. Who said all right Mr Cramer? Why did you do it and I go fuck yourself or words to that end he said? I'm now you're not going to be let out of this hospital until you tell us why you did it. And I just had a few rubbed me the wrong way and I wouldn't have told who who knew why I did it anyway. So my brother who's always sort of looked after me came and got me out and he was friends with the dean of Freshmen. My brother had been the before me and And it was you know ordinarily when something like that happen you were shipped off to go join the army really in those days. Yeah and then you come back to Yale and you've grown up but they let me stay. If I went to the University of Coyote. Just his name was Dr Fry Clement Fry. And he was about in the sixties he had silver hair and it was a good looking man he whereas reptiles button down shirt and You just knew that. He cared more about Yale and he ever did about you

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

14:02 min | 11 months ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

"I didn't mind it at all. Those girls were kind of disappointed if they were like living in the lower east side. Or something you know I started or did you star in the lower east side. Yeah well I I started on fifths. Well I started on second avenue over the B Ian h dairy. Do you know that the second avenue and like Seven Street Hey. Yeah yeah and I went in there Gary Restaurant What Restaurant Jerry which is still there it is and I had a girlfriend. She wasn't really a girlfriend. She was kind of an acquaintance. I knew she lived in in New York so I had called her when I went and I had total holly golightly damage. I used to wear my hair put you know. I didn't have big abundant here right but what ahead I would pull up and I put it in. And then I would spread it out like a ponytail on top of my head and I spread the ponytail out and pin it down with hairpins right. It had a nice nefer. Td Profile Slavic took some time to put that. I've seen photographs and you wouldn't have guessed. I spent a lot of time but anyway so I got a white or cream colored trenchcoat thrift shop. And a couple of items. It's like that for my and I got a nineteen dollars. One way trip on Continental Airlines. Who Flew Yeah Nineteen Bucks Detroit New York Detroit to New New York eighteen dollars right on a prop plane non-scheduled continental proper? Yeah that's exciting. Later had became friends with Audrey Meadows. Who was married you too Bob six? who was president of Konin? And all it's just a few metres from the honeymooners. Yeah yeah she was funny Oh she was. She was one of my specials shows. Yeah but like how did you get started doing what you wanted to do. And I I got there. I got fifteen dollars left and right by five dollars from nine friends forty five dollars. I bought the trench coat and extra hair parents for up there and so I had fifteen dollars collar swift and I was going to get a job as a waitress at the Figaro. Okay which was like about as cool as you right up right. Yeah over in the village West. Yes so I went and of course. The guy had a list of girls this long to be waitresses and all I had was a burlap skirt. I had one little checkered suit With a Bolero jacket kind of you know. I had one pair of high heels because we're GONNA win. Their Figaro thing fell through and I knew that that night and I spent the fifteen dollars on dinner I went back home. I bought a New York Times on Saturday night late. It and I look in the newspaper and wrote down. All the typhus jobs assistant bookkeeping jobs. Think types this jobs are terrible at forty five dollars a week but assistant bookkeeper's like eighty five type. Oh Yeah I could type. I took typing any good girl. I took typing at my age but I had also worked as an assistant bookkeeper. Yeah in Detroit right so you got. I could post a ledger right. So that's a needed skill. And that's the Gig you got so I stopped at all the places and they were horribly button factories and all that stuff six thirty I get up in the fifties mid on Fifth Avenue and I go to BMI management's management engine company yes. I had no idea when I took the phone number out of the paper. And it says Captain Kangaroo Dick Clark productions and all like that so I and I got that job just like that. So you're in. I'm yeah I'm in show business job. I didn't even know I was really kind of the office. Flunky they were. We're three other women in the office. Gory was the bookkeeper and I had to assist her And if you're assisting someone you know too much and what years this sixty two. Wow how getting to be like almost summer. So but your how long did it take. You realize that you're in the center of show business. I saw it as soon as I saw the door I knew. Captain Kangaroo around didn't say Captain K said Charles Kitchen. I didn't realize that was captain kangaroo. But I couldn't understand Dick Clark. Yeah this but they also handled all the newscasters. Yeah I mean ninety percent of the top newscasters so nicer read all the alimony checks rex. Oh really had to get them out on Friday night. Sometimes I failed to do it. Forget I so glad to get rid of the place because Rita and Florence. who were there secretaries were so great? And I've met I've seen Florence says since she's come to my show a couple times but like I would pora They had a you know a cooler and someone would dump soup and any receptacle there and I do it. I wouldn't dare you know audrain here Rita say come here. I couldn't understand them the from the Bronx. Yeah I said what she said. Look this who did. This must have done this. No I didn't do that. Re Clean it up. I have to go and get. Aw for different things creams change of Brassiere. Do this on my lunch hour. And there's nothing worse than walking around in New York City in in the summer of sixty two to the no the hot. Forget that but the construction workers are there wagging their tongues that you owe and and just on and on it was just unbearable. When did somebody notice you performing? When did you start to get the do the performing well in New York my friend Louis Louis Saint Louis who had several credits? He was the musical director and he wrote songs. He performed himself but he and his partner. We're going to perform at the bitter end. And he got me on the bill as a co two so I kind of through stuff together that I had had this was the first show at the other end. Yeah bits and pieces characteristics and pieces. How many of those characters stayed with you for a lifetime? One of them for sure. The world's oldest living beauty expert. She's really where'd would you do her. And she knew her I've just done her in my act. I've never done around Tele television you as a guest on something done it right right. Oh I went to. I went to my school I you yeah because being an actress was like you know in downtown it was considered too narcissistic and and men were the only creators. Anyway you know women road the joints had babies. I didn't I wasn't cut out. Yeah but I was sort afraid to stand up and say I'm an actor so I was going to study mine. That's more acceptable. Where'd you study mine at with William Curtis the American American mind theon. I lasted three weeks. It was just too arduous burst so little reward couldn't get anything out of them you know because the other kids were so gifted yeah they could tumble across the room. Yeah do the most incredible falls and spills goals and come up and do it. Yeah not your bag. No although I'm good physically. What the my the three weeks of I am school? Did it help you at all natural mime. Anyway you know. Sure gotten a mime. Show no see. I remember what year that was. That was sixty five. You were in a mime show at the astor place playhouse. When did the break happen? While the real break didn't happen until I went on the MERV Griffin and show from New York. Yeah the upstairs downstairs in sixty six. Rosetta that was on fifty fifty fifth and on the side street off of Fifth Avenue Club. Yeah Yeah they had a review upstairs room cavalry and Mabel. Mercer was in the downstairs room. Yeah and I was just mad for Mercer Lewis and I had. We used to walk up to the most Soi. We have just a quarter for the coach. 'cause you have stand sixty deep at the bar. You're never even have to buy a drink. Yeah because we adored Mabel okay so maybe was falling out of favour not doing Business Joe. Joan had become very popular uh-huh Carson and she took over that room in the downstairs and Mabel was just there on Mondays Tuesdays or Wednesdays or something and I so I said to IRV Haber I was in the re review upstairs and I'd Gotten A. I've gotten a review from Vince can be in the New York Times he was nightclub critic then re before filmed. Yeah uh-huh and I did the makeup lady. That was my main monologue in that. Show the character I we did. It stood out because it was different from than the review. Beauty tip person tha- yeah yeah so He said it's as if Beatrice LILLIE IN DRACULA'S DRACULA's daughter come into some kind of lunar conjunction and that puts you on the man that was eye catching. That's not sure so. It didn't didn't put me on the map so much. I guess it did in one way or another but you so you saw joan. They're downstairs early on doing her. Yeah she was already famous though anti-syrian congratulations. Yeah absolutely. Yeah I used to stand in the stairwell enlisted tour. She was so funny outrageous rea- yeah even then from the beginning getting all. Yes so when did you do merv Griffin so. Oh so I took that review around. I took it to a an agent Gloria Sapphire Saphire Who is Sort of friendly with some people. I kind of peripherally knew and she sent me over to Griffin. Yeah she said. She sent me to Paul Cy. I can't think of his name I know he's around or he would be around. Yeah Paul has his first name but he was the first one that really locked into me and put me on the show a MERV. Yeah I was in New York at that time. Yeah I'll end. The daytime. People were was my douglas to Mike. Douglas I did him later when he was in Philadelphia Philadelphia. So you do MERV. I'd humor. I started doing merv kind of sort of maybe once every month or every two and by the tennis cope. Yeah But I I am I. I did the world's leading expert on Murph show and and hermine again gold guests the other guest show and so I was a little nervous about doing lupe. Madame Lupe go over well. Oh yeah went over very well. What happens she rejuvenates her face and then she sneezes off falls down again then I then I went back to the I said I would go back to the upstairs if I could do. One of my own on monologues. Right show yeah kind of review. Yeah yeah so I I went back and sixty eight. I did a commercial too so I made money money on a Vicks vapor rub commercialize with the with the little waves coming up the ones where you rub it and then well I. I don't think they'd quite hit a hit on those graphics yet animated graphics. It was more like I would be like a housewife. You know doing the dishes. I hear my husband's sneezing. The living and running running get the Vicks Vapor Rub rip assured off and put it on his chest. Thank God so I got to California. Yeah because woman. Her sat her husband has been was in the review and She was going to populate a show on. ABC called music scene and she picked me to go along with David. Steinberg researcher client. I didn't want to go to California. Wanted to be in New York actor right. I want to be on television. I I just wanted to. I didn't want a manager. You just want to do what cabaret shows no. I thought I would get I did audition for some Broadway show and I must have been unbelievably off the wall. I don't know what idea. Yeah because a kidman right. I'd make friends with the agents assistant. He say what did you do that. And and you see what do you mean what did I do. And I'd be real defensive about it and I'd say I I get off a couple Eh. Curse word yet. She wanted to be a stage actress. You I thought I should be. I can go to the clubs and always do a little monologue stuff if we want to do bigger for the fun of it. I wanted to be a serious actor right but you get dragged out to California and for the for the people volt beyond music scene music scene man. Yeah Sixty I picked you and at the same time an offer came in to go on laugh in from George from George they see the beginning of. He said that he saw me in sixty six. When I was on the Garry Moore show? That's for Carol. Burnett was discovered. Oh Oh wow so. I'm sure he looked at me a few years later and thought. Here's my carole go. Yeah he bites on that. Well I didn't go on life until mid season because I thought well laughing's everyone's a star who's going to be on laughing and music scene was like a hip new show headed tie in with billboard the well what was what did you do on that. We were like a little comedy. David Steinberg was lead and there were two or three other. And we're like a little comedy to interstitial bits..

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

13:07 min | 11 months ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

"It had a nice nefer. Td Profile Slavic took some time to put that. I've seen photographs and you wouldn't have guessed. I spent a lot of time but anyway so I got a white or cream colored trenchcoat thrift shop. And a couple of items. It's like that for my and I got a nineteen dollars. One way trip on Continental Airlines. Who Flew Yeah Nineteen Bucks Detroit New York Detroit to New New York eighteen dollars right on a prop plane non-scheduled continental proper? Yeah that's exciting. Later had became friends with Audrey Meadows. Who was married you too Bob six? who was president of Konin? And all it's just a few metres from the honeymooners. Yeah yeah she was funny Oh she was. She was one of my specials shows. Yeah but like how did you get started doing what you wanted to do. And I I got there. I got fifteen dollars left and right by five dollars from nine friends forty five dollars. I bought the trench coat and extra hair parents for up there and so I had fifteen dollars collar swift and I was going to get a job as a waitress at the Figaro. Okay which was like about as cool as you right up right. Yeah over in the village West. Yes so I went and of course. The guy had a list of girls this long to be waitresses and all I had was a burlap skirt. I had one little checkered suit With a Bolero jacket kind of you know. I had one pair of high heels because we're GONNA win. Their Figaro thing fell through and I knew that that night and I spent the fifteen dollars on dinner I went back home. I bought a New York Times on Saturday night late. It and I look in the newspaper and wrote down. All the typhus jobs assistant bookkeeping jobs. Think types this jobs are terrible at forty five dollars a week but assistant bookkeeper's like eighty five type. Oh Yeah I could type. I took typing any good girl. I took typing at my age but I had also worked as an assistant bookkeeper. Yeah in Detroit right so you got. I could post a ledger right. So that's a needed skill. And that's the Gig you got so I stopped at all the places and they were horribly button factories and all that stuff six thirty I get up in the fifties mid on Fifth Avenue and I go to BMI management's management engine company yes. I had no idea when I took the phone number out of the paper. And it says Captain Kangaroo Dick Clark productions and all like that so I and I got that job just like that. So you're in. I'm yeah I'm in show business job. I didn't even know I was really kind of the office. Flunky they were. We're three other women in the office. Gory was the bookkeeper and I had to assist her And if you're assisting someone you know too much and what years this sixty two. Wow how getting to be like almost summer. So but your how long did it take. You realize that you're in the center of show business. I saw it as soon as I saw the door I knew. Captain Kangaroo around didn't say Captain K said Charles Kitchen. I didn't realize that was captain kangaroo. But I couldn't understand Dick Clark. Yeah this but they also handled all the newscasters. Yeah I mean ninety percent of the top newscasters so nicer read all the alimony checks rex. Oh really had to get them out on Friday night. Sometimes I failed to do it. Forget I so glad to get rid of the place because Rita and Florence. who were there secretaries were so great? And I've met I've seen Florence says since she's come to my show a couple times but like I would pora They had a you know a cooler and someone would dump soup and any receptacle there and I do it. I wouldn't dare you know audrain here Rita say come here. I couldn't understand them the from the Bronx. Yeah I said what she said. Look this who did. This must have done this. No I didn't do that. Re Clean it up. I have to go and get. Aw for different things creams change of Brassiere. Do this on my lunch hour. And there's nothing worse than walking around in New York City in in the summer of sixty two to the no the hot. Forget that but the construction workers are there wagging their tongues that you owe and and just on and on it was just unbearable. When did somebody notice you performing? When did you start to get the do the performing well in New York my friend Louis Louis Saint Louis who had several credits? He was the musical director and he wrote songs. He performed himself but he and his partner. We're going to perform at the bitter end. And he got me on the bill as a co two so I kind of through stuff together that I had had this was the first show at the other end. Yeah bits and pieces characteristics and pieces. How many of those characters stayed with you for a lifetime? One of them for sure. The world's oldest living beauty expert. She's really where'd would you do her. And she knew her I've just done her in my act. I've never done around Tele television you as a guest on something done it right right. Oh I went to. I went to my school I you yeah because being an actress was like you know in downtown it was considered too narcissistic and and men were the only creators. Anyway you know women road the joints had babies. I didn't I wasn't cut out. Yeah but I was sort afraid to stand up and say I'm an actor so I was going to study mine. That's more acceptable. Where'd you study mine at with William Curtis the American American mind theon. I lasted three weeks. It was just too arduous burst so little reward couldn't get anything out of them you know because the other kids were so gifted yeah they could tumble across the room. Yeah do the most incredible falls and spills goals and come up and do it. Yeah not your bag. No although I'm good physically. What the my the three weeks of I am school? Did it help you at all natural mime. Anyway you know. Sure gotten a mime. Show no see. I remember what year that was. That was sixty five. You were in a mime show at the astor place playhouse. When did the break happen? While the real break didn't happen until I went on the MERV Griffin and show from New York. Yeah the upstairs downstairs in sixty six. Rosetta that was on fifty fifty fifth and on the side street off of Fifth Avenue Club. Yeah Yeah they had a review upstairs room cavalry and Mabel. Mercer was in the downstairs room. Yeah and I was just mad for Mercer Lewis and I had. We used to walk up to the most Soi. We have just a quarter for the coach. 'cause you have stand sixty deep at the bar. You're never even have to buy a drink. Yeah because we adored Mabel okay so maybe was falling out of favour not doing Business Joe. Joan had become very popular uh-huh Carson and she took over that room in the downstairs and Mabel was just there on Mondays Tuesdays or Wednesdays or something and I so I said to IRV Haber I was in the re review upstairs and I'd Gotten A. I've gotten a review from Vince can be in the New York Times he was nightclub critic then re before filmed. Yeah uh-huh and I did the makeup lady. That was my main monologue in that. Show the character I we did. It stood out because it was different from than the review. Beauty tip person tha- yeah yeah so He said it's as if Beatrice LILLIE IN DRACULA'S DRACULA's daughter come into some kind of lunar conjunction and that puts you on the man that was eye catching. That's not sure so. It didn't didn't put me on the map so much. I guess it did in one way or another but you so you saw joan. They're downstairs early on doing her. Yeah she was already famous though anti-syrian congratulations. Yeah absolutely. Yeah I used to stand in the stairwell enlisted tour. She was so funny outrageous rea- yeah even then from the beginning getting all. Yes so when did you do merv Griffin so. Oh so I took that review around. I took it to a an agent Gloria Sapphire Saphire Who is Sort of friendly with some people. I kind of peripherally knew and she sent me over to Griffin. Yeah she said. She sent me to Paul Cy. I can't think of his name I know he's around or he would be around. Yeah Paul has his first name but he was the first one that really locked into me and put me on the show a MERV. Yeah I was in New York at that time. Yeah I'll end. The daytime. People were was my douglas to Mike. Douglas I did him later when he was in Philadelphia Philadelphia. So you do MERV. I'd humor. I started doing merv kind of sort of maybe once every month or every two and by the tennis cope. Yeah But I I am I. I did the world's leading expert on Murph show and and hermine again gold guests the other guest show and so I was a little nervous about doing lupe. Madame Lupe go over well. Oh yeah went over very well. What happens she rejuvenates her face and then she sneezes off falls down again then I then I went back to the I said I would go back to the upstairs if I could do. One of my own on monologues. Right show yeah kind of review. Yeah yeah so I I went back and sixty eight. I did a commercial too so I made money money on a Vicks vapor rub commercialize with the with the little waves coming up the ones where you rub it and then well I. I don't think they'd quite hit a hit on those graphics yet animated graphics. It was more like I would be like a housewife. You know doing the dishes. I hear my husband's sneezing. The living and running running get the Vicks Vapor Rub rip assured off and put it on his chest. Thank God so I got to California. Yeah because woman. Her sat her husband has been was in the review and She was going to populate a show on. ABC called music scene and she picked me to go along with David. Steinberg researcher client. I didn't want to go to California. Wanted to be in New York actor right. I want to be on television. I I just wanted to. I didn't want a manager. You just want to do what cabaret shows no. I thought I would get I did audition for some Broadway show and I must have been unbelievably off the wall. I don't know what idea. Yeah because a kidman right. I'd make friends with the agents assistant. He say what did you do that. And and you see what do you mean what did I do. And I'd be real defensive about it and I'd say I I get off a couple Eh. Curse word yet. She wanted to be a stage actress. You I thought I should be. I can go to the clubs and always do a little monologue stuff if we want to do bigger for the fun of it. I wanted to be a serious actor right but you get dragged out to California and for the for the people volt beyond music scene music scene man. Yeah Sixty I picked you and at the same time an offer came in to go on laugh in from George from George they see the beginning of. He said that he saw me in sixty six. When I was on the Garry Moore show? That's for Carol. Burnett was discovered. Oh Oh wow so. I'm sure he looked at me a few years later and thought. Here's my carole go. Yeah he bites on that. Well I didn't go on life until mid season because I thought well laughing's everyone's a star who's going to be on laughing and music scene was like a hip new show headed tie in with billboard the well what was what did you do on that. We were like a little comedy. David Steinberg was lead and there were two or three other. And we're like a little comedy to interstitial bits..

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

13:10 min | 11 months ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

"She was kind of an acquaintance. I knew she lived in in New York so I had called her when I went and I had total holly golightly damage. I used to wear my hair put you know. I didn't have big abundant here right but what ahead I would pull up and I put it in. And then I would spread it out like a ponytail on top of my head and I spread the ponytail out and pin it down with hairpins right. It had a nice nefer. Td Profile Slavic took some time to put that. I've seen photographs and you wouldn't have guessed. I spent a lot of time but anyway so I got a white or cream colored trenchcoat thrift shop. And a couple of items. It's like that for my and I got a nineteen dollars. One way trip on Continental Airlines. Who Flew Yeah Nineteen Bucks Detroit New York Detroit to New New York eighteen dollars right on a prop plane non-scheduled continental proper? Yeah that's exciting. Later had became friends with Audrey Meadows. Who was married you too Bob six? who was president of Konin? And all it's just a few metres from the honeymooners. Yeah yeah she was funny Oh she was. She was one of my specials shows. Yeah but like how did you get started doing what you wanted to do. And I I got there. I got fifteen dollars left and right by five dollars from nine friends forty five dollars. I bought the trench coat and extra hair parents for up there and so I had fifteen dollars collar swift and I was going to get a job as a waitress at the Figaro. Okay which was like about as cool as you right up right. Yeah over in the village West. Yes so I went and of course. The guy had a list of girls this long to be waitresses and all I had was a burlap skirt. I had one little checkered suit With a Bolero jacket kind of you know. I had one pair of high heels because we're GONNA win. Their Figaro thing fell through and I knew that that night and I spent the fifteen dollars on dinner I went back home. I bought a New York Times on Saturday night late. It and I look in the newspaper and wrote down. All the typhus jobs assistant bookkeeping jobs. Think types this jobs are terrible at forty five dollars a week but assistant bookkeeper's like eighty five type. Oh Yeah I could type. I took typing any good girl. I took typing at my age but I had also worked as an assistant bookkeeper. Yeah in Detroit right so you got. I could post a ledger right. So that's a needed skill. And that's the Gig you got so I stopped at all the places and they were horribly button factories and all that stuff six thirty I get up in the fifties mid on Fifth Avenue and I go to BMI management's management engine company yes. I had no idea when I took the phone number out of the paper. And it says Captain Kangaroo Dick Clark productions and all like that so I and I got that job just like that. So you're in. I'm yeah I'm in show business job. I didn't even know I was really kind of the office. Flunky they were. We're three other women in the office. Gory was the bookkeeper and I had to assist her And if you're assisting someone you know too much and what years this sixty two. Wow how getting to be like almost summer. So but your how long did it take. You realize that you're in the center of show business. I saw it as soon as I saw the door I knew. Captain Kangaroo around didn't say Captain K said Charles Kitchen. I didn't realize that was captain kangaroo. But I couldn't understand Dick Clark. Yeah this but they also handled all the newscasters. Yeah I mean ninety percent of the top newscasters so nicer read all the alimony checks rex. Oh really had to get them out on Friday night. Sometimes I failed to do it. Forget I so glad to get rid of the place because Rita and Florence. who were there secretaries were so great? And I've met I've seen Florence says since she's come to my show a couple times but like I would pora They had a you know a cooler and someone would dump soup and any receptacle there and I do it. I wouldn't dare you know audrain here Rita say come here. I couldn't understand them the from the Bronx. Yeah I said what she said. Look this who did. This must have done this. No I didn't do that. Re Clean it up. I have to go and get. Aw for different things creams change of Brassiere. Do this on my lunch hour. And there's nothing worse than walking around in New York City in in the summer of sixty two to the no the hot. Forget that but the construction workers are there wagging their tongues that you owe and and just on and on it was just unbearable. When did somebody notice you performing? When did you start to get the do the performing well in New York my friend Louis Louis Saint Louis who had several credits? He was the musical director and he wrote songs. He performed himself but he and his partner. We're going to perform at the bitter end. And he got me on the bill as a co two so I kind of through stuff together that I had had this was the first show at the other end. Yeah bits and pieces characteristics and pieces. How many of those characters stayed with you for a lifetime? One of them for sure. The world's oldest living beauty expert. She's really where'd would you do her. And she knew her I've just done her in my act. I've never done around Tele television you as a guest on something done it right right. Oh I went to. I went to my school I you yeah because being an actress was like you know in downtown it was considered too narcissistic and and men were the only creators. Anyway you know women road the joints had babies. I didn't I wasn't cut out. Yeah but I was sort afraid to stand up and say I'm an actor so I was going to study mine. That's more acceptable. Where'd you study mine at with William Curtis the American American mind theon. I lasted three weeks. It was just too arduous burst so little reward couldn't get anything out of them you know because the other kids were so gifted yeah they could tumble across the room. Yeah do the most incredible falls and spills goals and come up and do it. Yeah not your bag. No although I'm good physically. What the my the three weeks of I am school? Did it help you at all natural mime. Anyway you know. Sure gotten a mime. Show no see. I remember what year that was. That was sixty five. You were in a mime show at the astor place playhouse. When did the break happen? While the real break didn't happen until I went on the MERV Griffin and show from New York. Yeah the upstairs downstairs in sixty six. Rosetta that was on fifty fifty fifth and on the side street off of Fifth Avenue Club. Yeah Yeah they had a review upstairs room cavalry and Mabel. Mercer was in the downstairs room. Yeah and I was just mad for Mercer Lewis and I had. We used to walk up to the most Soi. We have just a quarter for the coach. 'cause you have stand sixty deep at the bar. You're never even have to buy a drink. Yeah because we adored Mabel okay so maybe was falling out of favour not doing Business Joe. Joan had become very popular uh-huh Carson and she took over that room in the downstairs and Mabel was just there on Mondays Tuesdays or Wednesdays or something and I so I said to IRV Haber I was in the re review upstairs and I'd Gotten A. I've gotten a review from Vince can be in the New York Times he was nightclub critic then re before filmed. Yeah uh-huh and I did the makeup lady. That was my main monologue in that. Show the character I we did. It stood out because it was different from than the review. Beauty tip person tha- yeah yeah so He said it's as if Beatrice LILLIE IN DRACULA'S DRACULA's daughter come into some kind of lunar conjunction and that puts you on the man that was eye catching. That's not sure so. It didn't didn't put me on the map so much. I guess it did in one way or another but you so you saw joan. They're downstairs early on doing her. Yeah she was already famous though anti-syrian congratulations. Yeah absolutely. Yeah I used to stand in the stairwell enlisted tour. She was so funny outrageous rea- yeah even then from the beginning getting all. Yes so when did you do merv Griffin so. Oh so I took that review around. I took it to a an agent Gloria Sapphire Saphire Who is Sort of friendly with some people. I kind of peripherally knew and she sent me over to Griffin. Yeah she said. She sent me to Paul Cy. I can't think of his name I know he's around or he would be around. Yeah Paul has his first name but he was the first one that really locked into me and put me on the show a MERV. Yeah I was in New York at that time. Yeah I'll end. The daytime. People were was my douglas to Mike. Douglas I did him later when he was in Philadelphia Philadelphia. So you do MERV. I'd humor. I started doing merv kind of sort of maybe once every month or every two and by the tennis cope. Yeah But I I am I. I did the world's leading expert on Murph show and and hermine again gold guests the other guest show and so I was a little nervous about doing lupe. Madame Lupe go over well. Oh yeah went over very well. What happens she rejuvenates her face and then she sneezes off falls down again then I then I went back to the I said I would go back to the upstairs if I could do. One of my own on monologues. Right show yeah kind of review. Yeah yeah so I I went back and sixty eight. I did a commercial too so I made money money on a Vicks vapor rub commercialize with the with the little waves coming up the ones where you rub it and then well I. I don't think they'd quite hit a hit on those graphics yet animated graphics. It was more like I would be like a housewife. You know doing the dishes. I hear my husband's sneezing. The living and running running get the Vicks Vapor Rub rip assured off and put it on his chest. Thank God so I got to California. Yeah because woman. Her sat her husband has been was in the review and She was going to populate a show on. ABC called music scene and she picked me to go along with David. Steinberg researcher client. I didn't want to go to California. Wanted to be in New York actor right. I want to be on television. I I just wanted to. I didn't want a manager. You just want to do what cabaret shows no. I thought I would get I did audition for some Broadway show and I must have been unbelievably off the wall. I don't know what idea. Yeah because a kidman right. I'd make friends with the agents assistant. He say what did you do that. And and you see what do you mean what did I do. And I'd be real defensive about it and I'd say I I get off a couple Eh. Curse word yet. She wanted to be a stage actress. You I thought I should be. I can go to the clubs and always do a little monologue stuff if we want to do bigger for the fun of it. I wanted to be a serious actor right but you get dragged out to California and for the for the people volt beyond music scene music scene man. Yeah Sixty I picked you and at the same time an offer came in to go on laugh in from George from George they see the beginning of. He said that he saw me in sixty six. When I was on the Garry Moore show? That's for Carol. Burnett was discovered. Oh Oh wow so. I'm sure he looked at me a few years later and thought. Here's my carole go. Yeah he bites on that..

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on WBAI

WBAI

05:41 min | 1 year ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on WBAI

"I mentioned two thousand eleven when she won the metro star challenge award hell, many people did you compete against? I think it was sixty sixty people actually, I was one of the earlier judges came in early. We I knew she was going to go all the way that is so sweet. I did it twice. I lost the first time at second times a charm. How did you come up with the idea for maller, fragments? It something of always wanted to do. I've always loved Marilyn Monroe since I was really young. And I, I don't even know why initially loved her so much. But I was taking an acting class with Sandra Lee, my director, and she knew I wanted to do this, so she literally forced me to get up in front of the class and start reading pages from her diaries, notes, most private thoughts feelings, poetry, and then saying, what song is that make you think of and making me choose right there? And then front of a room full of students that, Sandra. And that's how it began, and she's my director, and she's wonderful and very tough. She just received rave reviews by Stephen hold in the New York Times. Love loving, David is her CD that you should know about a MAC, award winning CD. I believe, yes. I'm showing the viewing audience here. Tom in his own words. Proud member of the Miranda music, family kitties, Bella produce that CD for me. And it was recorded live right here at the metropolitan great, wonderful sound here. So I'm very proud of it should be. And I love kitty. She made her CDs. Oh, I'm just teasing. Here. Constant now please send the your latest CDs. Okay. I'll drop it in the mail to you six months later. Kitty, please send me your see. But we love her. We love her can can we do give away. Yes. Let's give these we're going to give away actually a someone who is now a member of the Miranda music, family Lynn, Lena attracts here. All you can pick that out. Lina track for Seaney Markaz. We also have another Natalie Douglas, CD and Stacy Sullivan. Cd. Number is three eight four eight two seven seven. Oh you have. Congratulations. Choose which CD. Get some all good. I was saying he'd better choose mine. I guess I guess I guess what they say is full disclosure. He's my son. And what he's going to do is go around the room and give these CDs away, because guess what he doesn't need them because he hasn't at home. Stay with me for just a moment. This woman since two thousand eleven has been non stoppable. She just can't. She just can't keep going. She want MAC award. She won a bistro wards Mabel Mercer award and time out magazine named her rising star of the year in two thousand thirteen. I'm so proud of you. Thank you, David. It's been a great journey so far hope to keep plugging along till at least eighty five. Congre Mercer moulder, Maryland fragments Laurie. Beechman theatre June sixth and fourteenth. Thank you love. Ladies and gentlemen, more picks of the month by Frank Dane of cabaret scenes nagazine. Thank you. Thank you, David. Thank you. Everybody. I wanna thank you, all for being here. You know, we're almost towards the end of the of our two hours here, but we've got two great performers to come. But thank you for being here, and for your support of everything oldest new again. We are on WBAI and thank you for your support of cabaret scenes. So please visit us at cabaret scenes that org, and like us on Facebook, and that's about all the social media that I really understand. Anybody follows me on Facebook? They know I don't even understand that. So. Maria. Thank you. I don't hear my coloring my coloring book. I don't I don't hear that song enough. And you did you did it really well, really well. So I think it's my favorite. Candor. Neb. And here's one of my favorite male singers, and anyone who knows me knows that, that list is very short. He was our cover person in October October. No November December. Right. I can't read I got new contact. So I blame everything that I say on the context, Kevin dosier. He was in San Francisco. He won the two thousand and three best male performance cabaret, San Francisco, then moved to New York and to shot to the top of the list. He won bistro award MAC award. He has now released his third CD was recorded here live at the metropolitan room. It's called a New York romance. This is one of those voices that is terrific in person. But also, you want to hear it coming out of the radio. That's how nice and smooth and warm. This is you'll see for yourself. Please welcome. Kevin dosier..

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on WBAI

WBAI

03:13 min | 1 year ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on WBAI

"Christopher lowe. Lutely lovely. They lived in my head for so long. And I don't play piano. So I, I came to John and said, John have an idea and this work, and it worked John has John John never says. No, he's the boy, you can't say yes and, and Christopher I feel like you should sing that Chris will be on opening night of the convention October. Eighteenth, maybe she do that. I think it should do that. Yeah. Yes. Have to say I don't recognize you dressed. I started an Instagram account because I'm medium wanted attention. Some pictures at the gym. That's. Well, the radio, MRs so much they do. But Christopher when the MetroStars talent last year, fourteen for example, example, that's why I heard you and I heard that you were this from the app aleisha thing you did Alabama hellbent serve that something that south Matic at your own. I love my people drink your people. And it's Alabama that's in the woods, isn't it? Of north Alabama. He doesn't look like they're sound like that at all doesn't try to not. I figured that's lovely. Thank you. My only wish is that all of these voices on recording one day. Oh, yes. Because we need to be documented such beautiful voices speaking about something being documented. This is produced by Donald Smith. Who founded the Mabel Mercer foundation. He produced the centennial tribute to Kohl's Reuter in nineteen ninety one at Carnegie Hall, and then he took the show to London and it was recorded there. And he'll guard was on that she was star said that was it was a gift to me from Donald talk about gifts from Donald. This is a BBC production. They came to New York to record the seventh annual cabaret offer can give into me onto cassettes by lovely seventh. Nineteen ninety six I was there you were there Barbara we. All there. I'd love to hear this. I'll get to know people here. Yes. And one of the biggest gifts Donald ever gave me is this lady right here. Katie saw. Before you leave to cabaret convention is Tober. Eighteen nineteen twenty twenty one at rose hall concentre and then following there. There's a post convention, crews. Yes, thank you for mentioning that. Yes. Reflect where we're actually leaving New York harbor and going to Bermuda. Betas. All those those, those very expensive places like Saint Thomas right after the yet, and we have Eric, housed Akbar, Fasano, and Carrollton. Buffered another person who came in. I think third, the MetroStars town. She done very well. These runner ups very well to yes. Ladies and gentlemen. KT sullivan. David..

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on WBAI

WBAI

05:06 min | 1 year ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on WBAI

"And the gladdy she was referring to or the Gladys. She was referring to was Gladys Shelley. And how did he look I also received a wonderful story. About Hildegard from Sharon McKnight. She inhaled the communicated quite a bit because Hillary personally new Sophie Tucker, and you know, Sharon McKnight, doesn't incredible Sophie Tucker show, and it's also on recording as well. You should check it out the recording. If she's not performing in your in your area. Anyway, she her story with lily took place back in nineteen eighty to nineteen Eighty-three Hillary was playing the plush room in San Francisco and the Mabel Mercer foundation run by Donald Smith at the time was having their cabaret convention there, and it was just around birthday time and Sharon was leaving for Germany for three months and she wanted to celebrate the sweet lady so what she did. Sharon McKnight, took this cassette player on the stage and walked onstage and greeted her and their several hundred people who were attending the cabaret convention sang happy birthday to Hildegard. So he'll be of course, was not there. She was performing at the plush room. So she took the cassette tape and mailed it off to Hildegard and never heard anything from Hildegard. But Hillary didn't respond because she was embarrassed. Because Hildegard didn't have a cassette player. Hildegard didn't have a turntable. Hildegard didn't have a CD player Hildegard had a grand piano and sheet music that was her apartment, and he'll be was embarrassed. So one night her manager Don to layer picked her up and said, I'm in my car, bring the cassette, and they're they wear on east forty eighth street listening to the entire audience of the cabaret convention in San Francisco on tape. Singing happy birthday to Hillary. That is such a beautiful story. Thank you. Sharon McKnight for sharing it with us. She is such a beautiful woman. You're absolutely right and Sharon's favorite song is our final song of the set off Hildegard. And that's darling. Duku? An American boy. Laura lovely modern was with. No, French and his command hit tried to make her understand. Don. Say what? To do. Company. Aw. Wondering how you? That's the way. From doll. Sure. For you is. Hi wash. My French were good enough. Tell you. Measures. All. You mean to? Aw. On my. Do. Absolutely. Removed. Share? Romance. Con Newsom Malone. Remiss? Do you love me too? Oh sweet..

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"mabel mercer" Discussed on Fresh Air

Fresh Air

02:04 min | 3 years ago

"mabel mercer" Discussed on Fresh Air

"Terry gross first interviewed barbara cook in 1993 here's an exerpt of that conversation i know you said the two of you great influences musically were um judy garland and mabel mercer and what interested me about that is that they're really opposites as performer judy garland was very emotional or was always this tragic or a about her on stage was maple mercer was very regal she sang everything as an art song and sang with a certain amount of emotional distance in a way she never felt she was necessarily singing about herself uh interesting and she was chooses so regal onstage um and i'm wondering what what in in terms of stage presence if you felt you took things from each of them well when judy was here at the palace there's a little after hours club it was called the gold key club and it was a private club you had to have this little gold key fewer a member to get in and i knew the men who played piano they're very often uh she would come over after her performance and uh sink some more for herself in and for her friends and so when she was going to be there he would call man and i would come in so i you know i i could hear her do this stuffed is for herself and um having a chance to observe her so close i've read it learned a lot for the you know i never have still of never had any young coaching per se add my voice teacher mainly while was interested in technique but i haven't had a lot of help with the party of sell us aung of moldova if you know what i mean what i think i learned from garland during during those months was to to think about shaping a song so that had a a beginning a middle in an end and so that it had a a kind of emotional line and that was something that hadn't occurred to me before.

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