The Andrews Sisters
“We’re not glued together.” – Patty Andrews
I think the reason I love the Andrews Sistersis because:
#2 I like freaky things.
Patty, Maxene and Laverne Andrews were threesinging sisters who were best known for dressing in identical military uniformssinging catchy songs using synchronized movements (Bette Midler said they couldraise their eyebrows in unison). They were mesmerizing.
They were a very talented novelty act.
They did their own choreography too.
They got their first break as talent contestwinners and began touring in vaudeville.
During WW2 The Andrews Sisters were patriotismon tap. They entertained the troops, they sold war bonds and they worked at theHollywood Canteen for free. They sold squillions of records. They were part ofAmerica when most of America stilled loved America (meaning before theinternet).
Perspective: as of this writing (2015) theirfirst hit song was released almost 80 years ago.
After the war, their popularity started towane. Record company executives thought Patty was the total package: Courage,Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. She went solo (think early-daybug-eyed-bag-of-bones Ross), but the other two only found out about it in thegossip columns. Since the three were still under contract as a trio, they splitPatty’s money evenly even if they didn’t sing on her records. Ha haaaaa.
When Patty’s solo career flopped, the sistersperformed in the 50s. Go figure.
Laverne, the one on the right, was diagnosedwith liver cancer in 1966. Patty and Maxene replaced her with the singer JoyceDe Young. Laverne died in her Brentwood home on May 8, 1967. She was able tolive long enough to see her sisters singing without her because of theinconvenient cancer.
She was 55.
Special thanks to EJ Fleming
De Young toured with the girls but neverrecorded. The popular story is that Laverne was the “more sane” of thegirls. When she died, the group began to circle the bowl.
Patty married a man named Weschler who tookover management of the group and Maxene became VERY over it and quit.
“Ever since I was born, Maxene has beena problem.” – Patty Andrews
In March 1974 the two sisters reunited for ashow called Over Here! on Broadway. The show had a hugelysuccessful run. It was supposed to go out on tour and, well, the two fell outagain. The last time Maxene and Patty were together was the unveiling of theirstar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 1, 1987.
Maxene, the one on the left, had a heart attackand a triple bypass in 1982. “Mackie” to friends, was visiting CapeCod when she died on October 21, 1995 in The Cape Cod Hospital from a heartattack. One of the last things she did was sign an autograph for a fan ina bagel shop.
She was 79.
Image from the CapeCod Hospital Official Website
Both Laverne and Maxene are buried in theColumbarium of Memory in the Great Mausoleum in Forest Lawn, Glendale. The girlsare right smack dab in the middle in front.
Photo by Jayne Osborne
Photo by Jayne Osborne
Patty Andrews, front and center, died inNorthridge. She was 94 years old.
February 15, 1918 – January 30, 2013
She died in her home.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce woke up the2-year-old they have on standby to make an Elmer’s Glue glitter ribbon forPatty’s otherwise beautiful wreath on the Andrews Sisters’ star on the HollywoodWalk of Fame.
Photo by Brian Donnelly
Photo by Brian Donnelly
Update: March 2015- Throwback to Patty Andrews’Death Day – the wreath on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
You had one job to do.
Thanks, Brian Donnelly.
Per Patty’s last wishes, most of her cremainsare inurned with her husband atWestwood Memorial Park. A portion shall be inurned with her sisters at ForestLawn, Glendale and also scattered at her childhood home in Minnesota.
Here’s something you never needed to see.
Trivia: Did you know that Morey Amsterdam wasgiven credit for writing the lyrics to “Rum & Coca Cola?”There was some lawsuit about it which is too exhausting to go into. If youchoose, you can read about it here.Did you know the song is about WHORRRRRRRRRRRES?
Ooh, beat it mon, beat it.
Morey died too. Guess how I know!
Okay, I’ll tell you. I have his toe tag.
Thanks, Gabriel Mason!
Trivia: Patty Andrews was married to MartyMelcher. She dumped him and he went running to Doris Day. They were married andhe took her to the cleaners. They had one child named Terry. Terry was a musicproducer who lived at 10050 Cielo Drive before Roman Polanski and Sharon Tatemoved in. Charles Manson had been to the house to meet with Terry. After Terrymoved out and Roman moved in, well, we know what happened then.
Another Degree of Helter Skelter
Patty got a purdy box.
Thanks, Ginny, for the FABulous gravestonepicture.