Just ask.Byline: MARGRET CAMPBELL
Q SETTLE a family argument - did Ann Blyth Ann Marie Blyth (born August 16, 1928) is an Oscar-nominated American actress and singer, most often cast in Hollywood musicals, but who also succeeded in the dramatic roles she was given. star in Kismet kismet
alludes to the part of life assigned one by his destiny. [Moslem Trad.: EB (1963), 13: 418; Pop. Culture: Misc.]
See : Fate and any other film or stage shows and is she still alive? - P. Tully, Tranent, East Lothian East Lothian (lō`thēən), council area (1993 est. pop. 85,640), 262 sq mi (677 sq km), and former county, SE Scotland. Under the Local Government Act of 1973, the county of East Lothian became (1975) part of the new Lothian region, .
A ANN is still with us, aged 78. She has had a long showbiz career, starting on radio while still at primary school. Her singing voice got her noticed in Hollywood but it was her performance as Joan Crawford's spiteful daughter in the 1945 classic Mildred Pierce that really shot her to stardom. She was unable to capitalise fully on her fame as later in 1945 she broke her back in a sledging accident while filming Danger Signal and had to be replaced. After more than 18 months in a back brace, she returned to the screen in a host of films ranging from musicals, comedies and costume dramas. In the mid-1950s, she joined MGM MGM
in full Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
U.S. corporation and film studio. It was formed when the film distributor Marcus Loew, who bought Metro Pictures in 1920, merged it with the Goldwyn production company in 1924 and with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in 1925. and starred in several of their famous musicals, including Rose Marie, Kismet and The Student Prince. Her film career ended on a high note playing the tragic title role in The Helen Morgan Story (1957) but her singing voice was dubbed by Gogi Grant as Ann sounded "too operatic" to play a torch singer. After films, she moved effortlessly on to musical theatre with The King and I, Showboat showboat. In the early 19th cent. entertainment was brought by boat to the pioneers that settled along the western rivers (especially the Mississippi and Ohio) of the United States. At first companies only traveled by boat, performing on land. and A Little Night Music among her many hits. She also made umpteen TV appearances - the last being guest star roles in Quincy and Murder She Wrote in the mid-1980s.
Q HOW did the word cops originate as a slang term for policemen? Someone told me it stands for Constable On Patrol. - E. Jess, Glasgow.
A THERE are a number of theories, including your Constable On Patrol explanation and references to copper buttons on old police uniforms. But the most likely option is that it comes from the verb to cop, meaning to grab or seize something - e.g.cop a load of that! The word cop comes from the Latin capere, meaning to seize. The verb capture also comes from the same source.
Q I SAW the Italian singer Patrizio Buanne perform in London and he was marvellous. Is he due to come to Scotland soon and where can I contact him? - Mrs Edith Ross, Condorrat, Cumbernauld.
A NAPLES-BORN baritone Patrizio has toured extensively in Europe on the back of successful debut album The Italian in 2005 and has also been well received in the US and Australia. He is just ending a tour Down Under this week and does not seem to have any new dates pencilled in but if you log on to his website - www.patriziobuanne.com - you can request that he plays in a certain city. Good luck.
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Touring: Singer Patrizio