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Memories of Miriam LaVelle

Do you have any useful information to contribute this website? Please make contact using the email address: memories@miriamlavelle.com  As appropriate, I'll either add the information to the relevant section of this site, or publish it below as a personal recollection.

Lyle Bird from San Antonio, Texas, writes in with a fascinating little story. Lyle played trumpet as a young guy but gave up music to join the Navy, seeing active WW2 service and beyond. Fifty years after putting down his horn, Lyle is back blowing the trumpet and playing the piano and keyboard. In Lyle's words:

 

'I was playing trumpet in the house band at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco and Miriam LaVelle was a dance act on stage in the 1 week show. Miriam was travelling with her mother and I felt a little out of my class with her. We talked several times back stage. I was working so could not attend my graduation from High School. I invited her to go to a gathering of my High School graduation class in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. She was a beautiful girl about 18, and I will never forget our entrance at the top of the Mark [Hopkins Hotel] with her beauty, fur coat and I was in Tux and when I went to introduce her I couldn't remember her name. It was shameful and I will never forget it. I never had any other contact with her and In fact I was telling my 63 year old son about it today and surprise - her name came up on the Internet.'  [Submitted 13-01-2010].

 

Lyle Adds:

 

'You caused me to think further about Miriam and I believe she travelled with a show called the "George White Scandals".  It seems so coincidental that after telling my most embarrassing moment story to my son and typing her name on the ever amazing internet that you would be there.' [Submitted 19-01-2010].

 

Billboard records Miriam LaVelle appearing in the May 1944 edition of George White's Scandals at the Oriental theatre in Chicago, though whether the show travelled around is not known.

Bob Graham from Los Angeles has contacted me with some fond memories of Miriam LaVelle. Bob was a popular singer, actor and broadcaster during the 1940s and 50s and appeared in seven films during that timeframe. He also sang in several of the films. Most notably, though, Bob played opposite Mitzi Gaynor in the 1953 Hollywood musical, 'The I don't care girl', in which he features as a singer who has a romantic liaison with Ms Gaynor. I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr Graham and hearing first-hand about the many dates he shared with Ms LaVelle. Bob describes her as an attractive lady who was a delight to be with. He refers below to the Capitol Hotel on Eighth Avenue, New York City, the home of Nicky Blair's Carnival Room, a circus-themed dinner cabaret featuring trapeze artists, jugglers, dancers, comedians (Milton Berle had a long run as the top billing), chorines, and clowns etc. Miriam LaVelle was the featured acrobatic dancer at this venue and a photo of her can be seen under Images.

 

In Bob's own words: 

 

'My name is Bob Graham. I was a singer on the weekly radio show "Duffy's Tavern" and The "Fanny Brice-Baby Snooks" radio show and was ,also, under contract to Paramount Pictures. The time was 1945 and 1946. This is the time I was introduced to Miriam Lavelle. About this time Miriam, and I, were both in New York. She was working at the Capitol Hotel, with Milton Berle and I was at Lowe's State Theater. I attended one of her shows and even though I had known her for sometime, I had never seen her perform. I soon learned what a great entertainer she was. I lost track of her soon after and never saw her again. I, too, would like to hear more about her.

I have several pictures, of her, which I will find and send to you.'  [Submitted 04-03-2010].

 

I've received these wonderful photos and they can be viewed on the page I've assigned to Bob's memories. Click here to see them.

Lyle Bird from San Antonio, Texas, writes in with a fascinating little story. Lyle played trumpet as a young guy but gave up music to join the Navy, seeing active W

Billboard records Miriam LaVelle appearing in the May 1944 edition of George White's Scandals at the Oriental theatre in Chicago, though whether the show travelled around is not known.