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Lillian Roth
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    (December 13, 1910-May 12, 1980)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Birth name was Lillian Rutstein
    Singer and actress
    Signature song was ‘When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along)’
    Appeared in the films ‘The Love Parade’ (1929), ‘The Vagabond King’ (1930), ‘Madam Satan’ (1930), ‘Animal Crackers’ (1930), ‘Ladies They Talk About’ (1933), ‘Alice, Sweet Alice’ (1976) and ‘Boardwalk’ (1979)
    Appeared in Earl Carroll’s Vanities (1928,1931,1932) and Florenz Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolics (1929)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘The Betrothal’ (1918-19), ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ (1962), and ’70 Girls 70’ (1971)
    Performed in the national touring company of ‘Funny Girl’ (1964)
    Wrote the autobiography ‘I’ll Cry Tomorrow’ (1954)
    She was a child star, touring vaudeville in an act with her younger sister.
    To appear in the Broadway show ‘Artists and Models,’ she told the producers she was nineteen when she was actually thirteen (1924).
    She was married and divorced six times.
    She became an alcoholic.
    She had herself committed to a mental institution (1945).
    She said about being pushed into show biz by her parents, ‘My life was never my own. It was charted before I was born.’
    She joined Alcoholics Anonymous (1947) and quit drinking.
    Her appearance on This Is Your Life drew the largest amount of viewer mail in the show’s history (1953).
    She was one of the first celebrities to discuss their battles with alcoholism.
    ’I’ll Cry Tomorrow’ was a best seller and renewed interest in her.
    Susan Hayward was nominated for an Oscar for portraying her in the film adaptation of ‘I’ll Cry Tomorrow.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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