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On the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

On the set of
“There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

“There’s No Business Like Show Business” is a 1954 20th Century-Fox musical-comedy-drama starring Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Eastham, and Johnnie Ray. The film was directed by Walter Lang and written by Lamar Trotti (story) and Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron with music by Irving Berlin. “There’s No Business Like Show Business” was filmed in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color.

 

Director Walter Lang and Mitzi Gaynor on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Director Walter Lang and Mitzi Gaynor on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Irving Berlin visits with Marilyn Monroe on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Irving Berlin visits with Marilyn Monroe on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Ethel Merman visits with Ceasar Romero on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Ethel Merman visits with Ceasar Romero on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Johnnie Ray and director Walter Lang on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Johnnie Ray and director Walter Lang on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Marilyn Monroe and Donald O’Connor on the set of "There’s No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Marilyn Monroe and Donald O’Connor on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey relax on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey relax on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor, Dan Dailey, Ethel Merman, Donald O´Connor and Marilyn Monroe preparing for the big number on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor, Dan Dailey, Ethel Merman, Donald O´Connor and Marilyn Monroe preparing for the big number on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Marilyn Monroe gets hair and make-up touch ups on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Marilyn Monroe gets hair and make-up touch ups on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Marilyn Monroe  on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Marilyn Monroe on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Marilyn Monroe relaxes between scenes on the set of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Marilyn Monroe relaxes between scenes on the set of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Marilyn Monroe outside her trailer during the filming of "There’s No Business Like Show Business"  (1954)

Marilyn Monroe outside her trailer during the filming of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Marilyn Monroe wardrobe fitting and photo for "There’s No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Marilyn Monroe wardrobe fitting and photo for “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

Donald O'Connor and Marilyn Monroe at the premiere of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Donald O’Connor and Marilyn Monroe at the premiere of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

 

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Eleanore Whitney had a brief career in Hollywood during the 1930s

 

Eleanore Whitney was a film and Broadway actress and dancer who had a brief career in Hollywood during the mid to late 1930s.

 

Eleanor Whitney

Eleanor Whitney

Eleanore Whitney was born Eleanor Wittenbergon on April 12, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA to Abraham and Anna Wittenburg. Eleanore’s mother Anna was the sister of Adolph Zukor, who was already a wealthy businessman and would later become the founder of Paramount and a powerful figure in old Hollywood. When Whitney was ten years old she met Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson backstage at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland. Robinson was so taken by Whitney’s dancing that he took to giving her lessons whenever he was in the city. Later he offered to teach her each day during a two month stay in New York and was instrumental in the start of her career. As a student of Robinson’s, Whitney landed roles in several Broadway productions. Whitney also appeared in vaudeville with Jack Benny and Rudy Vallee before going to Hollywood in 1935. During her brief career in Hollywood, Whitney appeared in several comedies and musicals for Paramount Studios such as “Rose Bowl” (1936), “Three Cheers for Love” (1936), “Timothy’s Quest” (1936), and “Campus Confessions” (1938) which co-starred Betty Grable in her first starring role. Never having reached A-status as an actress with Paramount, the then twenty-one year old Eleanore Whitney retired from Hollywood in 1939 after marrying former U.S. assistant Attorney Frederick Backer. They couple lived in Manhattan and had one daughter together, Nancy Anne Backer, born in 1941. Whitney would continue to dance for fun, sometimes giving dancing lessons, and in 1946 would play Lucille Jourdain in “The Would-be Gentleman” on Broadway. Whitney and Backer would remain married until his death in 1971. Whitney did not remarry after the death of her husband and lived the rest of her life in New York City. Eleanore Whitney died November, 1983 in New York City, New York.

Eleanor Whitney (1936 portrait)

Eleanor Whitney (1936 portrait)

 

Eleanor Whitney

Eleanor Whitney

 

Eleanor Whitney

Eleanor Whitney

 

Eleanor Whitney relaxing in the sun (1937)

Eleanor Whitney relaxing in the sun (1937)

 

Eleanore Whitney with Johnny Downs on the set of "College  Holiday" (1936)

Eleanore Whitney with Johnny Downs on the set of “College Holiday” (1936)

 

Eleanor Whitney (right) with Betty Grable and Buster Crabbe in "Thrill of a Lifetime" (1936)

Eleanor Whitney (right) with Betty Grable and Buster Crabbe in “Thrill of a Lifetime” (1936)

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