The next Marilyn Remembered Fan Club meeting will take place on Saturday, October 13. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM, and will be held at the home of Greg Schreiner:
1237 Carmona Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Our meeting topic:
REMEMBERING JACK COLE
With Special Guest: Dance Critic Debra Levine
Born in New Brunswick in 1911, Jack Cole's extraordinary career as a top American dancer/choreographer began with the pioneering modern-dance troupe, Denishawn. His innovative nightclub act, Jack Cole and his Dancers, toured the nation's night clubs starting around 1933. In the mid 1940s in Los Angeles, Cole began a 20-year run as a brilliant and innovative Hollywood choreographer, crafting ingenious customized dance sequences for stars like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and others. Cole coached the stars not only in movement but also in song and line delivery. Jack Cole died at age 62 in Los Angeles in 1974.
Our meeting will showcase an appreciation of Cole's contributions to dance on film, and a consideration of the screen choreographer's craft.
About Debra Levine:
Former modern dancer Debra Levine, a graduate of the City University of New York, is a Los Angeles arts writer specialized in dance. She blogs about film and dance at artsmeme.com. The Pittsburgh native has lived in New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tel Aviv, nurturing her arts passion in all cities. Her criticism and feature writing are published in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and Dance Magazine.
Levine's significant writing about Jack Cole includes:
"Jack Cole," just published as part of the Washington, D.C.-based Dance Heritage Coalition's "100 American Dance Treasures" on-line dance history encyclopedia.
"Jack Cole, Master Choreographer," (The Huffington Post, 08-19-2010)
"Jack Cole Made Marilyn Monroe Move," (Los Angeles Times, 08-09-2009)
Levine spoke about Jack Cole at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's 2010 symposium on the choreographer. She was a Scholar in Residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2011. She was a Fellow at the NEA Classical Music & Opera Institute at Columbia University in New York. She was a Fellow at the NEA Dance Criticism Institute at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. In August 2009 she led the successful grassroots campaign to save the 40-year-running classic film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Grants from the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation and Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch have supported Debra's research into Los Angeles dance history.
Debra Levine on Turner Classic Movies
Levine will co-host "Choreography by Jack Cole" on Turner Classic Movies on MondaySeptember 10, 2012. The four-film tribute will be broadcast on September 10, 2012 starting at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). Ms. Levine joins TCM's veteran host Robert Osborne to provide commentary.
Cole contributed dance sequences to 30 movies at Columbia Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Metro Goldwyn Mayer, some credited, some not. He left behind a celluloid track record of outstanding filmed dance sequences with highly diverse themes, all with a recognizable Cole brand that is uncannily contemporary.
TCM schedule for September 10, 2012:
Tonight & Every Night (1945), 8 pm (ET), 5 pm (PT) Columbia Studios, 1945 dir Victor Saville, with Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair, Marc Platt
On the Riviera (1951) 10 pm (ET), 7 pm (PT) Twentieth Century Fox, dir Walter Lang, with Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Gwen Verdon
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1952), 11:45 pm (ET), 8:45 pm (PT) Twentieth Century Fox, dir Howard Hawks, with Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell
Les Girls (MGM, 1957) 1:30 am (ET), 11:30 pm (PT) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, dir George Cukor, with Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Mitzi Gaynor, Gene Kelly