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Bennye Gatteys (born November 20, 1940[1]) is an American singer and actress remembered mostly[by whom?] for her appearances in many anthology television series and soap operas.

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Early lifeEdit

Gatteys grew up in Dallas, Texas. The unusual spelling of her first name is because her parents originally wanted a boy.[2][3]

At the age of two she sang in her church's choir; by the age eight she began studying piano and sought to become a concert pianist.[4][3]

At age 15, visiting a friend in New York City, she appeared on a game show, Name That Tune, during which she won $19,000 after a series of appearances[2].

CareerEdit

Gatteys's career in musical theater was jumpstarted when she was discovered at the age of 15 by Broadway producer Kermit Bloomgarden, who cast her in a production of The Diary of Anne Frank as the understudy of Susan Strasberg, who played Anne Frank[5][1].

Her first big break in television came at the age of 16, during her appearance in the television anthology series Look Up and Live, in which she co-starred opposite a then-teenaged Warren Beatty. During the short-lived series, Beatty and Gatteys formed a strong connection; Gatteys recalled Beatty walking her home from rehearsals and shoots and described him as her "big brother, friend, [and] companion", and she helped him read for a starring role in the Broadway musical Ohio.[6]

She eventually married a banker from Texas and returned to Dallas for seven years, during which time her career remained dormant. After her divorce, she moved to Los Angeles to restart her acting career in soap operas, including a starring role in Days Of Our Lives as Susan Martin[3].

Her career continued largely in the field of theater, soap operas, and variety shows until she retired from show business in 1977. In 1980 she began a real estate career and was her office's top producer in 1983 and 1985.[7]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Coleman, William A. (November 25, 1956). "Terrific Teener". San Francisco Examiner. p. 196. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b c Petrow, Richard (August 9, 1959). "The good luck show". New York Daily News Sunday Magazine. p. 10. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b c Kleiner, Dick (January 2, 1974). "Bennye Gatteys begins her third career". The Lowell Sun. Lowell, Massachusetts. p. 336. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b c "Bennye Gatteys Scoring Hit in 'Time Remembered'". The Morning Call. Paterson, New Jersey. August 29, 1959. p. 39. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b "Spunky Actress Wins Beau Defending Her Own Honor". Simpson's Leader-Times. Kittanning, Pennsylvania. April 21, 1973. p. 19,21. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Finstad, Suzanne (2005). Warren Beatty: A Private Man. Crown Archetype. p. 163-164. ISBN 9780307345295 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "People in Westside Realty". Los Angeles Times. March 8, 1986. p. 12. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019 – via newspapers.com. Bennye Gatteys has been named top producer for 1985 of Merrill Lynch Realty's Upper Bel-Air / Glenridge office....She was her office's top producer in 1983.
  8. ^ "Kid's Captain Kangaroo Reaches 1,001 Mark". Tampa Bay Times. March 22, 1959. p. 167. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019 – via newspapers.com.

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