Vivienne Sonia Segal
April 19, 1897
|Died||December 29, 1992 (aged 95)|
|Occupation||Singer and actress|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Ames (m.1923-div.1926)|
Hubbell Robinson, Jr. (1950 - ?)
|Awards||Donaldson Award, Best Performance-Actress (Musical Division)-1952|
Segal was born on April 19, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the elder daughter of Jewish parents, Bernard Segal (a physician) and Paula (née Hahn) Segal, who encouraged Vivienne and her sister, Louise, to seek careers in show business. Her obituary in The Guardian reported that her father "underwrote a local opera company in order to give her the chance to sing."
Segal's career began when she was 15 years old and began performing with the Philadelphia Operatic Society. Her Broadway debut came in The Blue Paradise (1915), a production that was underwritten by her father. In 1924 and 1925, she was a member of the Ziegfeld Follies. She was also a performer on the CBS Radio program Accordiana in 1934.
Segal may be best remembered for creating the role of Vera Simpson in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's Pal Joey and introducing the song "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". Pal Joey opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre December 25, 1940, with a cast that included Gene Kelly and June Havoc. She also starred as Morgan LeFay in the Rodgers and Hart revival of A Connecticut Yankee in 1942. One of Lorenz Hart's last songs, "To Keep My Love Alive", was written specifically for her in this show.
Since the 1940 Pal Joey production went unrecorded, a studio cast was assembled in 1950 to record the musical. In 2003, this recording was reissued on CD by Columbia Broadway Masterworks in a release featuring the full show's numbers plus two bonus tracks: Harold Lang singing "I Could Write a Book" (from the CBS TV show Shower of Stars) and Segal singing "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" on the CBS Radio show Stage Struck, interviewed by Mike Wallace recalling Hart's promise to write her a show. In 1952, she played in Pal Joey again, when it was revived on Broadway.
Vivienne Segal retired from acting in 1966 following a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Pauline Thorsen in "The Case of the Tsarina's Tiara."
- 1915 The Blue Paradise
- 1917 My Lady's Glove
- 1917 Miss 1917
- 1918 Oh, Lady! Lady!!
- 1919 The Little Whopper
- 1921 A Dangerous Maid (as a replacement)
- 1922 The Yankee Princess
- 1923 Adrienne
- 1924 Ziegfeld Follies
- 1925 Ziegfeld Follies
- 1925 Florida Girl
- 1926 Castles in the Air
- 1926 The Desert Song
- 1928 The Three Musketeers
- 1931 The Chocolate Soldier
- 1938 I Married an Angel
- 1940 Pal Joey
- 1943 A Connecticut Yankee Broadway revival
- 1947 Music in My Heart
- 1950 Great to Be Alive!
- 1952 Pal Joey Broadway revival
|1929||Will You Remember?||Short.|
|1930||Song of the West||Virginia||Filmed in two-color Technicolor. Lost film.|
|1930||Bride of the Regiment||Countess Anna-Marie||Filmed in two-color Technicolor. Lost film.|
|1930||Golden Dawn||Dawn||Filmed in two-color Technicolor. Survives in black and white.|
|1930||Viennese Nights||Elsa Hofner||Filmed in two-color Technicolor. Survives in color.|
|1934||The Cat and the Fiddle||Odette||Filmed in black and white with Technicolor finale.|
|1934||Soup for Nuts||Prima Donna||Short.|
- William Grimes (December 30, 1992). "Vivienne Segal, 95, a Stage Star In Roles Sweet to Cynical, Is Dead". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
Vivienne Segal, a musical-comedy star who appeared on Broadway in 'The Desert Song,' 'No, No, Nanette,' and 'Pal Joey,' died yesterday in Los Angeles. She was 95 years old and lived in Beverly Hills. She died of heart failure, said Robert Sidney, a friend. ...
- Stark, Bonnie Rothbart. "Vivienne Segal". Encyclopedia. Jewish Women's Archive. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- Harris, Dale (2 January 1993). "Unbothered and bewitching". The Guardian. England, London. p. 24. Retrieved December 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Star Quits 'Goody' Types". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. 2 January 1940. p. 20 - Part I. Retrieved December 18, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Vivienne Segal". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- "Vivienne Segal". Masterworks Broadway. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 11.
- "Playbill". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-10-29.
- Suskin, Steven (1990). Opening Night on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Golden Era of the Musical Theatre. New York: Schrimmer Books, pp. 154–157. ISBN 0-02-872625-1.
- Grimes, William (30 December 1992). "Vivienne Segal, 95, a Stage Star In Roles Sweet to Cynical, Is Dead" – via NYTimes.com.
- "The Winners of the 9th Annual Donaldson Awards 1951-1" (PDF). Billboard. June 21, 1952. p. 47. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
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