Clooney Dead at 74
Rosemary Clooney, perhaps best known as a co-star with Bing Crosby
in the movie WHITE CHRISTMAS, passed away on Saturday, June 29th at
her home in Beverly Hills, CA. She was 74 years old, and recently
was hospitalized for lung cancer.
Ms. Clooney rose to fame
in 1951 with a hit single, "Come on-a My House," and soon became a
star of television and films. She was married to actor Jose Ferrer,
and the couple had five children, putting her singing career on hold.
After their divorce, she resumed performing in 1972 and she was more
famous and popular than before.
After a concert tour with
Bing Crosby on 1975, Ms. Clooney was rewarded with a new record contract,
singing dates around the world, and fame and fortune. Her NYC appearances
at RAINBOW & STARS, and lately at FEINSTEIN'S were usually sold out
weeks in advance.
She was honored with the
"2001 Lifetime Achievement Award" presented by MAC (Manhattan Association
of Cabarets & Clubs) at THE TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street, NYC -
in April of that year. The following Saturday she finished her run
at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095
- her last NYC cabaret appearance. Her 2002 announced appearance at
FEINSTEIN'S in February and March was cancelled.
A memorial service will
be held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 3rd, and burial service
at St. Andrews Church, Maysville, KY on Friday, July 5th.
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