|Kay Thompson and The Williams Brothers slay 'em in '47|
|Rosie Clooney, Jose Ferrer and Marlene Dietich can't put on 'photo face' one more time tonight, '55.|
Alright on to the business at hand. A few days ago, I ran this picture:
on the Facebook tour company fan page because Abbe Lane was one hot dish and, well because I like the picture....by the way, this brings up another thought, why haven't more of you guys hopped over to that fanpage and hit the like button? Really, I ask so little. Do it when your done here would ya?....Sorry lost my train of thought for a sec (I hate it when you make me petulant). Anyway, when I posted the shot, it caused quite a flurry. And while I'm sure the flurry was more about Abbe's body than Ciro's (or in Norma Desmond's case the Jag in the background) it sent me on a Ciro's google-fest because that's how misguided I am sometimes. Well it's a good thing I am, because it allowed me to dig up this little tidbit, just for you!
It seems that in 1951 a pretty young gal by the name of Margaret Barstow was employed as a Ciro's cigarette girl/hatcheck girl.
Well, on the night of August 19, 1951 in the middle of the floor show, a panicked announcement came from the stage. It was the old, "Is there a Doctor in the house!" Now how or why they could let a girl in such an advanced state of "expecting" (to use the Hay's Office preferred term) continue to work nightly is beyond me, but I try to stay out of those things. As luck would have it, Dr. Bert Tardius was indeed in the house and, wasting not one precious moment, ushered Margaret upstairs to a private dining room and delivered a bawling 6 pound 13 ounce baby girl. The parents, expecting a boy, named the Ciro's progeny Rex, which is actually a very cool name for a girl. I have not been able to find out if Ciro's named a drink after baby Rex, but unless there were two Margaret Barstows in Hollywood in the early fifties, it seems as though mama was able to parlay the notoriety into a couple of bit part appearances on the silver screen (From Here To Eternity, Artists and Models) 'cause that's how we roll here in Hollywood.