Saturday, January 9, 2010

Worth 1,000 Words: PHIL HARRIS & ALICE FAYE

TITLED ALICE FAYE'S BABY CHRISTENED, this unique press photo shows the original crop marks and notations for newspaper publication. Dated May 5, 1943, the suggested caption (pasted on the backside) says: HOLLYWOOD CALIF: ALICE FAYE HARRIS JR. is only one-year-but stole the show from her parents on the occasion of her christening at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Encino, Calif. Baby Alice is seen with her famous parents Alice Faye and Phil Harris, assuming one of the more dramatic stances she chose to display to the camermen. She was christened by the Rev. Harley Wright Smith. [from Steve Crum's showbiz memorabilia collection]
ALICE FAYE (May 5, 1915-May 9, 1998) was, throughout the 1930's-'40s, 20th Century Fox's diva, introducing the Oscar winning You'll Never Know in Hello, Frisco, Hello, among many other movie songs. Her film career spanned from 1934-62. PHIL HARRIS (June 24, 1904-Aug. 11, 1995) made his name first as orchestra leader and comedian on radio's The Jack Benny Show during the 1930's and '40s. In 1933, his RKO short, So This Is Harris!, won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Subject. Harris is also known as the voice of Baloo the Bear in Disney's animated The Jungle Book, wherein he sang The Bare Necessities. Alice and Phil starred from 1948-54 on their own comedy radio program, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.

Married for 54 years, the Harrises had two daughters, Alice (born in 1942) and Phyllis, 1944.
Enjoy a photo montage of Alice and Phil:

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