Big thanks to H. Kevin Miserocchi of the Tee and Charles Addams Family foundation for this nice gift, a limited edition reissue of the Addams Family television soundtrack, and also for the nod to Mary Small on the liner notes!!! A great way to begin wrapping up a great journey, and nice to know the story of these talented entertainers continues to live on!
We are super excited that H. Kevin Miserocchi, executive director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation will join us for the Burbank Premiere!!! Hope to see everybody there! http://www.charlesaddams.com/
VIc Mizzy and Mary Small in better times.
Vic Mizzy, Mary Small and other entertainers comfort a soldier injured on the battlefield in WWII. When we were putting this documentary together we had the chance to speak with Joe Frankin who gave me this quote: Eddie Cantor used to say you know, you go to a grocery store you gotta pay for the milk, you go to a meat market you gotta pay for the liver, but entertainers, they don’t get paid, they get asked all the time to do benefits…and anybody who called Eddie Cantor or Mary Small for a benefit… they were there!
Today we were honored to receive the Stanford Law School Fair Use Project’s last letter, stating that the clips we identified in our film were likely protected by the Fair Use Doctrine. We are so sad to see this great program close down but hope our film, The Little Girl With The Big Voice, will one day serve as an example of what can be accomplished, and how history can be preserved with these types of efforts. Learn more at www.marysmall.net.
We just got a hold of and transferred this military issued 16mm film from the WW2 years! Mary Small sings “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time”. Enjoy!
MIZZY SMALL DIVORCE
Sunday Hearald, February 12, 1961
While this site is dedicated to Mary, there is some commentary on how he treated her and in the interest of being fair, I’ll let him speak in his own words…
From The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 21, 1949
Not sure what this article was trying to do or if it was planted but it has some interesting quotes about her marriage to Vic which make it feel forced, such as:
I can’t say marriage comes first,“ says blue-eyed Mary. "Music comes first with me. It comes first with my husband, and our marriage fits in.”
He was disgustingly precocious then,: quoth Mary, “but he’s extremely likeable now.”
WALTER WINCHELL AND MARY
From Walter Winchell’s column, Herald Journal, October 12, 1965. Walter wrote a lot about Mary and had her back in the divorce against her husband. I really don’t want to say he was the Perez Hilton of our time, but the truth is gossip has been around for quite a long time. Some writers were / are more elegant than others. I put Walter in both camps. His style wasn’t egalitarian, but he also was fairly more educated than today’s “celebrity journalists.”
Here he is at his birthday in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe, and plenty of other classic celebrities and studio heads.