A new documentary about the life of Kaye Ballard
Posted by: dbg 02:30 pm EST 01/07/19

Last night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival there was a showing of Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, a documentary about Kaye's long career as a theater, screen and TV performer, who was also a successful singer, night club artist and musician. At 93, she is retired and living on Kaye Ballard Lane in Rancho Mirage, and she received a rousing standing ovation at the start of the film and much applause after snippets of her singing "Lazy Afternoon" from The Golden Apple, a great "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from a regional production of Gypsy and "Broadway Baby" from Paper Mill's Follies. While I mainly knew her stage work from seeing her in Carnival! and Molly and her very funny role alongside Eve Arden in The Mothers-in-Law on TV, I was amazed to learn she got her start singing and doing comedy with Spike Jones, was part of the company on the Perry Como TV show, was the singer who introduced "Maybe This Time" long before it was part of the Cabaret film, played a step-sister in the Julie Andrews Cinderella, and I'd forgotten she was in the film of The Ritz. She was a delight in talking about her career and projects that might have been had she played her cards right. Among those who spoke about her were Ann-Margret, Donna McKechnie, Woody Allen, Michael Feinstein, Carol Burnett, Jerry Stiller, Carol Channing and many others. The director, Dan Wingate, did a fine job giving a balanced picture of her varied career, and the clips from old shows were often hilarious. I hope the film gets a general release, and I know many who read this board will relish seeing what a great talent Kaye Ballard was.

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