This angular, stylish and acerbic actress and singer also wrote some of the most beloved children's books of the mid-20th Century. Kay Thompson came a long way from St. Louis by the early 1930s, when...
St Louis, Missouri, USA
|Eloise at the Plaza||Book Author||n/a||1|
|Eloise at Christmastime||Book Author||n/a||1|
|Ziegfeld Follies||Composer (Music Score)||n/a||1|
|Funny Face||1957||Actor||Maggie Prescott||19577|
|Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon||1969||Actor||Gregory||19697|
|Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer?||1961 1960 - 1961||Actor||Mrs Pierce||19617|
|The Kid From Brooklyn||1945||Actor||n/a||19457|
|Eloise in Paris||2013||Source Material||(from children's book series: "Eloise")||1|
|New Year's Eve||2011||Song||("Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells")||1|
|Sang at New York's Le Directoire|
|Film debut, "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round"|
|Sang with the Williams Brothers in nightclubs|
|Published "Kay Thompson's Eloise"|
|Final film, "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon"|
|Co-starred in the film "Funny Face"|
|Hired as vocal coach and arranger by MGM|
|Was pianist with the St Louis Symphony|
|Briefly appeared in Broadway show "Hooray for What!"|
Thompson had appeared in the films "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round" (1937) and "The Kid From Brooklyn" (1946), but her film career really hadn't amounted to much. In 1957, though, she played the role which forever defined her: Maggie Prescott in Stanley Donen's delightful "Funny Face". The film starred Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, but Thompson, as a flamboyant magazine editor obviously based on Diana Vreeland, all but stole the film (her opening "Think Pink!" number is a high point). Thompson's only other film was "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon" (1970), starring her god-daughter Liza Minnelli.
Perhaps Thompson's most lasting contribution is also her most atypical. In 1955, she collaborated with illustrator Hilary Knight on the children's book "Kay Thompson's Eloise", the story of a wry, mischievous little girl who lives in New York's Plaza Hotel. The book became a sensation with children and adults alike, and continues to sell well. It was followed by the sequels "Eloise in Paris" (1957), "Eloise at Christmastime" (1958) ad "Eloise in Moscow" (1959). There was also a badly-received TV adaptation, "Eloise" (CBS, 1956).
Thompson appeared on the small screen only a handful of times, including the "Standard Oil Anniversary Show" (NBC, 1957) and the "Burke's Law" pilot "Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer?" (NBC, 1961). She retired from public life in the mid-70s and lived thereafter as a recluse in Rome and New York.
|Jack Jenney||Husband||married in the 1930s; divorced|
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