asked by pearlsincerity
She is irresistibly charming! There are three main compilations of her work, two of which are out of print, but all are available through Amazon at affordable prices. If you want just one to start out with, I would recommend Star, since it contains more of her light operatic work.
There are also free resources, like archive.org, where some of her music can be obtained. archive.org also houses several radio plays she starred in, should you find her acting as charming as her singing! I’ve posted them all here for easy access.
He (Sandy Kennedy, the original Louis Leonowens in the King and I) was disappointed to leave the play, but he accepted the ruling philosophically, as part of the cost of growing up. He told his mother he wanted to give Gertrude something to remember him by.
“What would you like to give her?” Mrs. Kennedy inquired.
“I’d like to give her a diamond necklace,” Sandy answered. “But I supposed that costs a lot of money.”
Mrs Kennedy said a necklace would be rather expensive. Besides, she added, it would be better to give Gertrude something Sandy was sure she would like.
“I know,” said Sandy suddenly. “A house.”
“Yes, don’t you know how she is always telling the King he promised her a house? In the play the King says he’ll give it to her, but he never does!”
Sandy went to work and produced a two storey Victorian doll’s house. For its furnishings he combed the Third Avenue antique shops for miniatures of Victorian furniture. Sandy was exacting. “We must have a tea kettle,” he said. “She is always drinking tea.” He remembered that once, when he had lunched with his mother and Gertrude, Gertrude had ordered vin rose. “We must find a little bottle of vin rose,” he insisted. He did.
On the night Sandy was to leave the play, the house for Gertrude was completed. When she reached the St. James Theatre she found it in her dressing room. A card tied to it read: “With love from Louis.”
Hazel was there when Gertrude discovered the house. She said she had never seen Gertrude more deeply moved by any gift or token of appreciation and love.