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Kay Thompson
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    (circa November 9, 1908-July 2, 1998)
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri
    Birth name was Katherine Fink
    Author, actress and singer
    Appeared in the films 'The Kid From Brooklyn' (1946), 'Funny Face' (1957) and 'Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon' (1970)
    Vocal arranger for the films 'Broadway Rhythm' (1944), 'The Harvey Girls' (1946), 'Til the Clouds Roll By' (1946) and 'Good News' (1947)
    Vocal coach for Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra
    Author of 'Eloise' (1956), 'Eloise in Paris' (1957), 'Eloise at Christmastime' (1958) and 'Eloise in Moscow' (1959)
    Godmother of Liza Minnelli
    Her birth year is listed anywhere from 1902 to 1912.
    She was a hyperactive perfectionist.
    She had short-lived marriages with bandleader Jack Jenny and radio producer William Spier.
    She granted her last interview in 1972 and became increasingly reclusive.
    She would abruptly end contact with old friends, declaring, 'I'll cut them off at the knees.'
    Horne called her 'the best vocal coach in the world' and Sinatra credited her with teaching him everything he knew about singing.
    Reviewing her cabaret show, 'Variety' wrote, 'Miss Thompson is more than an act. She's an experience.'
    'Eloise,' which she described as 'a book for precocious grown-ups,' remains a steady seller after 50 years.
    She said, 'Failure is a stranger to me. Enthusiasm and imagination can carry you anywhere you want to go, without Vuitton luggage.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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