Back in 1940, a young singer called Virginia O'Brien
made her debut in the LA production of "Meet the People"
when she was seized by a paralyzing case of stage fright. The policeman daughter nevertheless bravely kept on singing while the audience roared with laughter. Surprisingly, her frozen-faced delivery, far from cutting her career short, created a unique niche for her instead (her wide vocal range and stunning looks also helped). Within short, she'd be appearing as deadpan "featured singer" in a number of golden-age MGM comedies, such as the "In the Storehouse"
, "Panama Hattie"
, or, most memorably, "Du Barry was a Lady"
. It's a bit sad that such a singing and acting talent was reduced to a novelty act, but, damn, what an act
posted by Skeptic
on Oct 27, 2008 -