The 1950s and 60s afforded Hollywood a golden era of musical cinema, cranking out pristine classics like The Music Man and Carousel. Sadly, a veteran of this period of the movie industry has reportedly passed away: Susan Luckey, former film, stage, and television actress from this age of genre benchmarks. TMZ states that the 74-year-old Luckey, born Suzanne Douglas, died on Wednesday, Nov. 29, of "old age." The news was revealed to TMZ by Luckey's daughter, Shayna Reynolds.
Luckey began her film career in 1954 with an uncredited role in Deep in My Heart (a comedic biography of composer Sigmund Romberg). Following this, Luckey earned supporting parts in the likes of Carousel, Teenage Rebel, The Music Man, and Step Out of Your Mind, which marked her final big screen performance in '66. She is pictured above (center) as Zaneeta Shinn, daughter of Paul Ford's mayor character in The Music Man. Luckey also took roles in the TV movie Annie Get Your Gun and a televised Broadway production of Peter Pan. Additionally, she contributed guest appearances to series like The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and Telephone Time.
The former actress married actor Larry Douglas (Girls Are For Loving) in 1964. He passed away in 1996.
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The Music Man star Susan Luckey has passed away at the age of 74.
The actress, real name Suzanne Douglas, died of old age at her Los Angeles home last week (29Nov12), according to TMZ.com.
Her body has already been cremated.
Born in Hollywood, she is perhaps best known for her role as Mayor Shinn's daughter Zaneeta in the 1962 classic comedy, but she also starred in Carousel alongside Shirley Jones. Her other credits include TV movie Annie Get Your Gun and U.S. series The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
Douglas, who made her theatre debut when she was just six, additionally appeared in a number of stage productions, including the original Broadway adaptation of Disney's Peter Pan.
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Tony Martin, a smooth-voiced baritone who found success in Hollywood on the nightclub stage and on the radio during his 80 year career, passed away of natural causes Friday night at his home in West Los Angeles, the New York Times reports. He was 98.
Martin was born Alvin Morris in San Francisco on December 25, 1913 to Hattie and Edward Clarence Morris, well-off Jewish immigrants from Poland. While his parents wanted him to be a lawyer, Martin followed his dreams to Hollywood in the 1930s. His classic looks and great voice quickly earned him roles in musicals, starting with a small role in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' film Follow the Fleet in 1936.
Once his Hollywood career got rolling, there was no stopping Martin. He went on to star in films such as Sing, Baby, Sing (1936), Zeigfeld Girl (1941) — in which he serenaded Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner in a Busby Berkeley number — and Casbah (1948).
While Martin's face filled the silver screen his voice took over the radio air waves. His soulful take on popular ballads such as "I'm With You" (1936) and the Oscar-nominated "For Every Man There's a Woman" (1948), earned him his reputation as a charming crooner. Martin became a regular on the radio show The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and then hosted his own 15-minute variety program, The Tony Martin Show, on NBC from 1954 to 1956.
In his personal life, Martin proved equally charismatic. He wooed Hollywood starlets including Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, and Alice Faye (to whom Martin was married from 1937-1940). In 1948, Martin wed actress/dancer Cyd Charisse. Their marriage lasted 60 years, until she passed away at age 83 in 2008.
Martin, who is survived by his stepson and two grandchildren, will be remembered as a man who truly defined Old Hollywood class.
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