The Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show:(continued)

You see..........sometimes even poor Alice, got the same dosage of bitter medicine, from Phil and Frankie, that Julius did. Of course, with Alice, it was always much more an accident, that she got victimized, than it was with Julius. Being the level-headed, stable, smart woman, that she was, this made it, all the more hilarious, when she "took a beating", in one of Phil and Frankie's schemes, that backfired.

In one episode, originally aired on January 15, 1950, poor Alice Faye fell prey to Phil and Frankie's inept ability to repair a power blower. She had already suffered quite a few terrible mishaps, that show, due to the incompetence of Phil and Frankie, to repair things in her home. The last thing that they tried to repair (the power blower) left her with the wind knocked out of her, and panting heavily. She had walked into the path of the blower's wind tunnel, and found herself airborne! The sound of that blower was just like a raging tornado!! When they finally turned it off, Miss Faye screamed, with the ferocity of a lion:

"Phil Harris I declare WAR on you!!!.............JUST WAIT'LL I GET MY HANDS ON YOU!!!"

From 1945-1962 Alice Faye made no movies. Part of the reason, why she and her spouse did the radio show, was so that they could have more time for their family life. When she finally did get another role, in the early 60s, she was quite sorry that she had ever returned to the silver screen. She said that it was a terrible shame, what had happened to movies, since her last film.

On August 11, 1995, Alice Faye lost her husband, Phil, of 54 years. He died of heart failure, at the age of 91. Miss Faye joined him, nearly three years later. She died of stomach cancer, at the age of 83. Denny Jackson wrote of her, in a mini biography on her IMDb filmography:

"She rose from the mean streets of New York's Hell's Kitchen to become the most famous singing actress in the world."
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If you are interested in more information on the life of Alice Faye, Jane Lenz Elder has written a new biography about her. Below is a synopsis of her book.

Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen

by Jane Lenz Elder

Fans of vintage radio and movies need no introduction to the sweet demeanor, sultry glances, and velvety voice of Alice Faye. Her haunting rendition of "You'll Never Know" has never been surpassed by any other singer. Her films, such as Alexander's Ragtime Band, Tin Pan Alley, and The Gang's All Here, remain perennial favorites on classic movie channels and at video rental outlets. Her radio show, with her husband Phil Harris, and her frequent guest appearances on the Jack Benny Show, live on in the cassette collections popular with radio devotees.

Now for the first time, fans of the fabulous Faye can enjoy a full-scale biography of the beloved star. Four years in the making, Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen, is being published by the University of Mississippi Press (available in October) as part of its Hollywood Legends series. Film historian Jane Lenz Elder conducted interviews with Alice's friends and family, consulted leading oral history collections, and dug through archives in California, New York, and Linton, Indiana (home to the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Collection), to create the most compelling, comprehensive, and accurate depiction of Faye's life yet published.

Beginning life in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York, Alice Faye went from an adolescent chorus girl in the 1920s to one of Hollywood's top box office draws of the 1930s and 1940s. Populating her life were such luminaries as Don Ameche, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, Jack Haley, Phil Harris, John Payne, Tyrone Power, Tony Martin, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallée, and the ruthless studio mogul, Darryl F. Zanuck. Alice met success in the early days of broadcast radio and in Hollywood's golden age. She also endured setbacks, scandals and, above all, the challenges of the big studio system. She faced life squarely with humor and determination, and eventually emerged as one of Hollywood's most graceful survivors.

Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen is a must read for any Faye fan.

Alice Faye: A Life Beyond the Silver Screen by Jane Lenz Elder

Available October 2002 6x9 inches, 256 pages 25 black & white illustrations filmography, bibliography, index ISBN 1-57806-210-1

Call 1-800-737-7788 to order toll-free