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VALERIE PERRINE as Lilliane Lorraine in "NOTHING BUT A BUBBLE" ["Castles in the Air"] in ZIEGFELD

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VALERIE PERRINE [Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Critics Award winner for Lenny] performs the spectacular Nothing But a Bubble [aka Castles in the Air] as the artistically challenged Lillian Lorraine, who became a Ziegfeld star despite her lack of talent. After a night of passion, Lillian asks Ziegfeld to put her in his next show But my dear, he asks, what would I do with you? You can neither sing, dance nor act? Thats easy, honey, Lillian replies, make me a star!=E 2 Which is exactly what he does, declaring If the girl cant carry the show, then the show will have to carry the girl! The most elaborate musical number in the telemovie, shot on the largest soundstage on the studio lot, centered around a 60-foot staircase, topped by a 10-foot fountain which was spouting bubbles made by four machines, while 10,000 balloons were floating in the air. There were also four six-foot swans made out of cotton batting, all created by Oscar Winning Production Designer John DeCuir [The King and I, Cleopatra, Hello,Dolly!]. Before moving to Hollywood and becoming an actress [Slaughterhouse-Five, The Last American Hero, The Couple Takes a Wife and the controversial Hollywood Television Theatre production of Steambath, in which she appeared nude], Valerie Perrine began her professional career as a showgirl in Las Vegas at the Desert Inn and later moved to the Lido de Paris revue at the Stardust Hotel as one of the three lead dancers, so she was familiar with floating down a gigantic stairway in ostrich feathers, rhinestones and tall headgear.
The multi-million dollar three-hour move, which had its US television premiere on May 21, 1978, as part of NBC TVs Sunday night Big Event series, is the longest musical ever filmed for television. [The original 150-minute version was later seen on Showtime, and an edited 100-minute version, retaining most of the musical sequences, has been aired more recently on The Encore Channel]. Headlining as Florenz Ziegfeld was Paul Shenar who began his career on Broadway [Tartuffe, Six Characters In Search of An Author, and Variety Critics-nominee for Tiny Alice and The Three Sisters ], a founding member, actor, director and teacher with William Balls famed American Conservatory Theatre for more than 10 years, who had gained acclaim as Orson Welles, in the TV movie The Night That Panicked America. Starring along with Perrine, as "His Women," were Samantha Eggar [Oscar nominee, Golden Globe/Cannes Film Festival winner for The Collector] as the staunch and lovely Billie Burke; Barbara Parkins, who became a 60s icon from her starring roles as Betty Harrington Anderson in Peyton Place [1964] on television and Ann Wells in the cult classic film Valley of the Dolls [1965], as the fragile, heart-breaking Anna Held [Parkins has often said that the role is her favorite, because it gave her the opportunity to showcase her singi ng and dancing talents, as well as her acting]; Broadways Pamela Peadon [Celebration, On The Town, Irene, Rodgers & Hart], as beloved 20s icon Marilyn Miller, then receiving acclaim as Cassie in the Los Angeles production of A Chorus Line. Broadway, film, and TV notables guest starring as Ziegfeld stars also includes Inga Swenson [Broadway New Faces of 56, The First Gentleman (Theatre World Award/Variety Critics Poll Award), 110 In The Shade( Tony Award nomination/London Theatre Critics Award), Baker Street (Tony-nomination)] as Nora Bayes, whose films include Advise & Consent, The Miracle Worker, The Betsy, television appearances include Richard Rodgers Androcles And The Lion, best known to TV fans as housekeeper Gretchen Kraus on Benson; Broadways Ron Husmann [Tony nominee and Theatre World Award winner for Tenderloin, All American, Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen, Irene] as Jack Norworth, made his feature debut in Love Has Many Faces, TV appearances include The Hallmark Hall of Fame [The Music of Richard Rodgers, 1961, et al], The Gershwin Years, Days of Our Lives [Tony Merritt], opposite Bernadette Peters in Once Upon a Mattress [1972]; Broadways Walter Willison [Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner for Richard Rodgers Two By Two, Pippin, Wild and Wonderful, Grand Hotel] had recently starred as Dr. Calvin Campbell in the hit NBC Saturday morning series McDuff, The Talking Dog when cast as Frank Carter, the famed Ziegfeld star who introduced Irving Berlins classic A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody; Catherine Jacoby as Fanny Brice [a role she was familiar with, having recently played the famed diva in Donn Ardens spectacular Hallelujah, Hollywood at the original MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas]. Executive Producer, Mike J. Frankovich, Produced and Directed by Buzz Kulik, written by Joanna Lee, Production Supervised by Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson. ZIiegfeld received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Motion Picture Made for Television, eight Emmy Award nominations, and won two 1978 Emmy Awards.

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