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SHIRLEY CLAIRE ENTERTAINER
 
SAG
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since 1938
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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BIOGRAPHY
 

SHIRLEY CLAIRE BEGAN HER CAREER AT THE AGE OF 10.

SHIRLEY CLAIRE WAS SINGING ON AMATURE RADIO AT THE AGE OF 12 AND PROGRESSED TO HER OWN CBS RADIO SHOW

 

 
KNX
 

 

" When I was 12, I was dis - covered by Ida Koverman, Executive Assistant to LOUIS B. MAYER.

Ida was a very powerful person at MGM during the grand days of the Hollywood Musicals.

LOUIS B MAYER
Louis B. Mayer
 

An audition was arranged for me to sing for L.B. Mayer.

I sang and I was put under contract.

When the contract kids finished work for the day they would wait by the front gate for a ride.

I lived off Culver Boulevard, not far from the studio.

Stars such as:

Spencer Tracy,

Clark Gable,

Jimmy Stewart,

Van Johnson

and others would give us kids a ride - if they were going in our direction -

it was wonderful.

I met some of the most famous members of the entertainment community.

It was like a fairy - tale."

 

MGM ID
 

 

SHIRLEY CLAIRE IS PROBABLY BEST KNOWN IN THE VALLEY FOR HEADLINING THE FIRST (1992) FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES AND AGAIN IN 1993 AND IN 1995.

ALSO, SHE IS BEST KNOWN FOR STARING IN FESTIVAL AT THE FANTASY SPRINGS CASINO IN 1995 AND 1996.

TRAINING

13 years of opera; beginning at age nine in Los Angeles.

An MGM Contract Player educated 'ON THE LOT' at MGM.

Training was in VOICE, MUSIC, DANCING and ACTING along with normal Grade School & High School curriculum.

Further:
William and Mary Collage, Virginia
College of the Desert - Musical Comedy

THEATER

"Butterflies Are Free" Mrs. Baker (Mother) Abby Theater, Orlando FL

"The Boyfriend" Madam Dubonnet Barn Theater, Richmond, VA.

Fabulous Palm Springs Follies Featured Singer for three seasons between 1991 and 1995. Also see: MORE FOLLIES INFORMATION.

Fantasy Springs "Festival" Featured Singer 2 Seasons (1995-1996)

"Palm Springs Confidential" John Aylsworth, Writer. Bill Marx, Music.

Derick Lewis “Musical Chairs” Six Appearances Anita Rufus, Producer

ORCHESTRA
ARRANGERS
ACCOMPANIST

Wayne Abravanel

Murray Arnold

Hal Blaine

Jack Costanza

Jimmy Diamond

Jack Fina

Kellie Greene

Ray Hackett

Derrick Lewis

Stan Miller

Jack Ross

Al Wallace

 

VOICE OVERS &
COMMERCIALS

 

 

Radio and Television.

From 1993 to Present
(List upon request)

 

RADIO

KNX/CBS

"Inglewood Concert Hours"

WKBY (independent) "The Shirley Claire Show"

 

ORCHESTRA

"The Remotes"

Jack Fina, Balinese Room, Galveston TX

 

RECORDS

Big Ben & Get A Kick Out Of You

with Al Kaye Trio

Kiss Me Honey, Kiss Me

with the Al Wallace Orchestra

 

TELEVISION

Les Malloy Show, KGO-ABC San Francisco, CA

The Shirley Claire Show, KGO-ABC San Francisco, CA

"The Don Sherwood Show" KSFO San Francisco CA

All networks guest spots. San Francisco, CA

"PS, I Love You"

"False Arrest"


NBC Pilot “Spunky Ladies”


Rock of Love w/ Bret Michaels 2008

5/'03 Entertainment Weekly

TRY OUTS FOR NBC's reality special ''Second Chance": America's Most Talented Senior.

75-year-old Shirley Claire claims, ''I was a soprano with a five-octave range, and I've got about five notes left,'' she nails ''I'm Gonna Live Till I Die'' and celebrates her callback by rolling on the floor.

FILM

Music Man - Amy Dakin.
(Run of the Film Contract)
A video from Music Man

"Bugsy''
"Ruby"

 

MODEL

J. Magnin, San Francisco CA
Lord & Taylor, Atlanta GA
Macy’s, San Francisco CA
Lily Rubin Dallas TX
Nancy Whitlock Productions Palm Springs, CA

ARF Academy Awards

 

SHOWGIRL / ENTERTAINER

Earl Carroll Theatre: Hollywood. (Click)


The Cover Girls: With Jimmy Durante - Charley O'Curran, Choreographer

Bimbo's 365, San Francisco CA

USO: George Morrow, Choreographer

House of Harris: Sally Wickmam, Jean Devlin, Choreographers

Riverside Hotel, Reno NV: George Morrow, Choreographer

Plaza Theater, Palm Springs - The PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES Andre Tayer, Choreographer

Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio CA Shea New, Choreographer

Various Shows: Jack Moore, Choreograph

MUSICAL CHAIRS Inka Dink A Doo

One Woman Shows:

"The Best Is Yet To Come."

"An Affair with Shirley Claire"

"I Can't Say No."

"Say Yes"

Producers: Irwin Rubinsky
and Greg Purdy

 

FESTIVALE

Produced by: Greg Purdy

 

TOURS

Three independent tours to the Far East. Played every major club in the Orient.


SHIRLEY WITH JIMMY DURANTE The Cover Girls Night Club Act

ON TOUR
The
Jack Ross Show

 

ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS

 

Matson Line Cruise Ships
Opened for: Hoagy Carmichael, Forrest Tucker, Billy DeWolfe, Linda Darnell, Herb Jefferies, Marie McDonald, Charlie Boyer and the Extroverts as well as others.

 

CLUBS

Western Hotel Circuit


Holiday Inn Circuit


Nevada Casinos

Jack Ross Show - 32 weeks a year for 6 years at the:

Riviera, Las Vegas

Harrah's, Lake Tahoe

Harrah's, Reno.

Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto CA LIFE Magazine Photo

 

CLUBS IN LA.

Ciro's,

Garden of Allah

Dino's Lodge

Melody Room

Additional list on request.

 

CLUBS IN PALM SPRINGS & COACHELLA VALLEY

Rock Garden

Sun Lakes

Sun City

Leisure World

Spotlight 29 Casino

Fantasy Springs

Lyons English Grill

 

NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

"The Boyfriend" Madam Dubonnet in Richmond VA

 

NOMINATED* FOR 3 OUT OF 4 BEST ONE WOMAN SHOWS by the Desert Theater League in PS

"Say Yes."
* The Best is Yet to Come
* An Special Affair with Shirley Claire
* "I Can't Say No"

VIDEO

Geffen Records - The Arc Angels

"Feeling Pretty Good - For The Shape I'm In"

UPDATE

At age 83 (April 2013) SHIRLEY CLAIRE was part of a new reality series For:TV Land

FOREVER YOUNG (Shirley Claire did the six epise Pilot

She also did:

SHIRLEY SAYS

Shirley Says is a video that was put all over the internet as adjunct to promote the FOREVER YOUNG show.

MOVIE

At age 84 SHIRLEY CLAIRE was in BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

The story of Liberace Starring: Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

Directed by Steven Sonderbergh.

 
From the Desert Sun in 1992
PUTTING ON THE GLITZ
THE FIRST
PALM SRINGS
FOLLIES

"Headliner, Singer and Dancer Shirley Claire shows off dazzlingly elaborate costumes in the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.

The Follies is an all over 50 comedy of dancing and singing.

The Follies is a revue, now playing, at the refurbished Plaza Theatre.

The Plaza Theatre originally opened it's doors in downtown Palm Springs, 56 years ago, in 1936 - with the movie "Camille" staring Greta Garbo.

SHIRLEY CLAIRE
 
 
SHIRLEY CLAIRE
 
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shirley
 
 
AT THE ROCK GARDEN
 
 
BACKGROUND

Shirley started singing in San Antonio, Texas and eventually had her own radio show.

She is an entertainer who has toured from California to Bangkok, singing in nightclubs and at the USO.

In Hollywood she appeared in places such as "Dinos Lodge" and. "Ciro's" and has performed in leading nightclubs throughout Las Vegas and the U.S.

From MGM to a show girl at The Earl Carroll Theater, a singing career, then back to MGM; Shirley went on to have a full professional life.

After half of a century, Shirley moved to Palm Springs.

Shirley Claire headlined the first Palm Springs Follies in 1991.

Shirley Claire has starred locally in her own Las Vegas type show, "Festival" at the Fantasy Springs Casino.

Her performance at Spotlight 29 Casino in "Palm Springs Confidential" received rave reviews.

Recently, she has performed solo in the desert, and has teamed up with jazz greats - Kellie Greelle, Whitey Mitchell, Jeff Stover, Bill Saeta, Michael Lowery and Tony Castro.

 
 
SHIRLEY
 
 
SHIRLEY
 
 
WHITE FUR
 
 
CANDY CANE
 
 

TENNIS

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

SHIRLEY CLAIRE ON COVER
In 2002 (At age 74 )

 

THE COMMUNITY

Director: Variety Tent 66
Director- Auxiliary Board:
Stroke Recovery Center
Palm Springs CA

 

DATA

Residence: Palm Springs
Born: Shirley Claire Jersig
LONE STAR BEER (The beer that made Armadillo's famous Lone star WEBSITE
San Antonio, TX
Hair: Silver Blonde
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 124 lbs
 

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A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF EARL CARROLL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
MY PHOTO ALBUM
 

 

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A PICTURE IS WORTH
A THOUSAND WORDS
 
 
 
 
CASTING PHOTOS
From 1947 to present

 

NINETEEN
 
 
 
 
TWENTY
 
 
PORTRAIT FROM BULLOCKS DEPARTMENT STORE
 
 
 
1996
From the Desert Sun
Palm Springs CA
 
By GREG PURDY
Media Relations Manager
Palm Springss Follies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE DESERT SUN NEWSPAPER  
SHIRLEY CLAIRE
COACHELLA VALLEY'S
SEASONED CITIZEN
 

"YOU KNOW, LADIEYS AND GENTLEMEN, THEY CALL US SENIOR CITIZENS, BUT I PERFER THE TERM SEASONED CITIZENS."

"What Is A Lady Of Her Age" doing in a show with a cast of 20 year olds?

"That's a good question," giggles Shirley.

"I've always told our audiences that I have clothes in my closet older than these kids - designer clothes, of course," she dead - pans.

So states Shirley Claire during the recent final performance of "Festivale!", her long - running Las Vegas style revue at Indio's Fantasy Springs Casino.

"I've had two incredible, wonderful seasons with this show," states the voluptuous 68 year old desert resident.

''Festivale!" was the most rewarding show of my entire career. It was an amazing ensemble of caring."

I've absolutely loved working with these beautiful, talented singers and dancers, and judging by the audience reaction, they seem to like it too!"

The axiom you're as young - as - you - feel has never been better exemplified than by this age - defying dynamo. ''When it comes right - down - to - it, chronological age is irrelevant -

Attitude, exercise, diet, a reason to 'get - up' each morning are all more important than actual age.

I spent three years with the Palm Springs Follies and people were always surprised at how we looked and what we did. People have the mistaken idea that at over 60, you're supposed to be in a wheelchair!"

Fourteen years ago, I had back surgery and a prognosis that she may never walk again nearly did extinguish her indomitable spirit. "I was bedridden in screaming pain 24 hours a day for over two months. I prayed for a miracle and was determined this wasn't going to get me down. I was absolutely going to beat it. It wasn't easy. The mind and prayer are powerful, though. The body does have the ability to heal itself."

Shirley actually began her career at the age of 10 singing on amateur radio shows. "When I was 12, I was discovered by MGM. It was during the grand days of the Hollywood musicals.

I auditioned for L.B. Mayer and was put under contract. We went to the studio school for fours hours and then took lessons for the remainder of the day.

Rosie Rosenthal was my opera coach and Mineletha White taught classical voice, Jeanette Bates taught ballet, Kay Thompson taught popular singing and Roger Edens taught me piano, whenever he wasn't playing poker.

I met some of the most famous members of the entertainment community and we really were in a fairy - tale world."

After high school, she joined the Earl Carroll Theater and became an Earl Carroll Girl.

The words, "THROUGH THESE PORTALS PASS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS IN THE WORLD" were written over the front door.

Recalls Shirley Claire: "I remember Mr. Carroll once sending me a note:

'Tell the girl with the piano - keyboard teeth to shut her mouth.'

He didn't like us to smile and we had to cover our bodies with make - up that looked like milk of magnesia."

 

 
 
  ANECDOTED BY KOMMINSKY:
 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
Current Casting Photos Below
 
 
 
After leaving the Earl Carroll Theater and after a sussesful TV show on KGO, Shirley Claire went to Reno and became a staple on the Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas Entertainment circuit.
 
 
THE COVER GIRLS

 

 
 
 
AT THE CAL - NEVA LODGE
 
 
Singing (From Left to Right): Shirline Cunningham, Karleen Malard, Eve Finell, SHIRLEY CLAIRE, Georgin Martin and Sally Sullivan.
At the time, Cal - Neva was owned owned by Frank Sinatra.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COVER GIRLS
 

The Cover Girls were a group of talented singers. Shirley Claire was one of six. The group worked their way from traveling to the night spots to become regulars on national television.

 
 
ON NATIONAL TV

 

The Cover Girls with Jimmy Durante
 
and the
 

After long TV runs, the Cover Girls separated and went on with their careers.

 
 
IT WAS THE LAST OF THE BIG BAND AGE.
 
Jack Fina
 
After the Cover Girls, Shirley Claire was the vocalist with
 
 
CRUISING
Shirley Claire singled on Matson Lines.
 
This line was the top of the cruise lines.
 
These ships toured the Orient.
 
Shirley Claire was rebooked quite often
 
 
SS LURLENE
 
 
SS MATSONIA
 
 
DINNER ON - BOARD THE SHIP
 
From left: Herb Jeffries (1913-2014), Bob Ruth, Shirley Claire, Lou Schwartz (standing), Georgie Lund, Michael Lowery, Patty Jeffries
 
 
MATSON LINE TODAY
Click for the
 

Shirley Claire toured the Orient numerous times with the Jack Ross Show.

A REVIEW of the Jack Ross Show

 
 
Shirley Claire
(Also see Fuchu Army Base Tour below)
 
 
 
 
 
 
PURDY CONTINUES
 
 
SHIRLEY CLAIRE
COACHELLA VALLEY'S
SEASONED CITIZEN

"I think some of the most poignant memories I have is performing at military bases and hospitals.

You never forget the sight of a man in a hospital bed with most of his body covered in napalm burns. Some experiences and sights change you forever." See more below

What's next for Shirley Claire?

"I don't have a clue! Whenever I think my career is almost over, another opportunity comes along and I keep working. I never dreamed I'd be doing what I've been doing since moving to Palm Springs. My mama lived to 100 years, so I have good genes. One thing I am thoroughly committed to is being an advocate for people over 60. Call me a 'Maggie Kuhn' (founder of the Gray Panthers) with sequins."

Whatever the future holds, Shirley Claire will definitely be redefining how a seasoned citizen is supposed to act.

"Our costume designers for 'Festival!' made me a break-away skirt with a thong body suit underneath. At first I was shocked, then I figured, 'Why not?' My secret? SPANDEX!", laughs Shirley Claire. "It's an absolute miracle fabric. It doesn't give me my figure, but it keeps it from sagging! When I die, I hope to be buried in it ..............from my neck to my toes!"

 
END PURDY ARTICLE
 

 
 
MORE SINGING
 
 
 
 
 
(Actual Size of TV Preview)
 
Songstress Miss SHIRLEY CLAIRE graces our cover and is seen on KGO - TV Sundays on the "LES MALLOY and COMPANY" show.
 
 
TV PREVIEW WAS THE FORERUNNER TO TV GUIDE
 
TV PREVIEW
 
 
 
AT THE CABINA HOTEL

 

The centerfold in a Life Magazine
from MUSIC MAN
The movie
 
for SONGSHIME
A Parkinson's support group
 
[ NOTE: IF YOUTUBE DOES NOT START
IMMEDIATELY - REFRISH YOUR BROWSER ]
 
 
SOME '50'S FUN

 

On the flip side 'I Get A Kick Out Of You'
IF YOU CAN FIND THE RECORD IT'S A GREAT SOUND
 
 
VISITING THE TROOPS
 
THE JACK ROSS SHOW - ARRIVING IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN

From left: Jack Ross, Shirley Claire, Don Lusini, Dude Kahn, Elmer Nemeth

HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN

 

 

1968 FAR EAST TOUR TO VISIT THE TROOPS

 

 

3 TOURS

VISITING THE TROOPS

 

 

ENTERTAINING

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 2003 - A MUST READ

ROCK OF LOVE
ROCK OF LOVE

The challenge this week is for the contestants to put on an old school USO show for "The Troops," which the girls and most of the television audience probably assume meant current Iraq / Afghanistan military personnel, but in fact refers to the men and women who have served in WW II or Korea.

In order to get their "talent" in tip-top form, Bret has brought in some pros, Miss Shirley Claire and Miss Joan Arlene, who entertained the troops over 50 years ago. REVIEW

 
 
FROM MUSIC MAN - The movie VIEW THE CAST
 
 
From Music Man
2 Screen Shots
Music Man screen grab 1
 
 
AMY DAKEN
 
 
ON THE BANDSTAND

 

NATE HART PHOTO
 
 
ON STAGE
 
 
with the Peggy Lee Show
AT THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL
with the Peggy Lee Show
 
 
FAMOUS PEOPLE
With Stubby Kaye
WITH STUBBY KAYE
 
 
WITH ED HARBOUR, RICH LITTLE, MARY LYNN ARMS AND MICHAEL GREER
 
 
With George Montgomery
WITH GEORGE MONTGOMERY
 
 
With Andy Williams
 
 
WITH ANDY WILLIAMS
 
 
With Vic Damone
WITH VIC DAMONE
 
 
WINNER: SHIRLEY CLAIRE

 

THE Winner
 
 
 
 
AND FOR THE SECOND TIME  
The winner for the second time
 
 
PALM SPRINGS LIFE
The Cover of Palm Springs Life
ON COVER OF Palm Springs Life WITH HER DOG
 
 
Ready to go on stage
 
 
THE FABULOUS
PALM SPRINGS
FOLLIES
 
 
SHIRLEY CLAIRE HEADLINED THE 1ST FOLLIES
AND RETURNED TWICE THEREAFTER
 
 
PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES
Riff Markowitz, Producer

IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINER and your age is between the mid - fifties to the mid - eighties you are eligible to audition for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.


THE SHOW IS EQUAL PARTS romantic, kitschy, catty and patriotic.

THE SPANGLED COSTUMES are as elaborate as anything you'll see in Las Vegas.

 
 
FOLLIES PERFORMERS ARE SINGERS AND DANCERS FROM STAGE, SCREEN, TELEVISION, AND NIGHT CLUBS; PRESENTING STANDARDS THEY, THEMSELVES HELPED MAKE FAMOUS.
 
 
 
 
MORE PHOTOS

 

In Palm Springs FESTIVALE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
palm springs follies finally
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHIRLEY CLAIRE AND RIFF
 
 
Dressed for the show
DRESSED FOR WORK
 
 
Scherly Claire and Mariana Pecora 2nd Season FOLLIES
SC and Mariana Pecora 2nd Season FOLLIES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE DESERT SUN
 
News & Photos
Two pages
 
BOB HOPE
 
 
 
 
 
 
MORE, MORE FOLLIES PHOTOS
In the Follies
 
 
More Follies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FESTIVALE
Shirley Claire and Greg Purdy
 
 
In Palm Springs FESTIVALE
     
     
SHIRLRY CLAIRE WORKING
STUDYING
In the Maryland Hotel Coffee Shop - March 1966, Chicago IL

 

 

STUDYING in the Maryland Hotel Coffee Shop - March 1966, Chicago IL
 
 
MORE IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY
 
 
 
 
PALM SPRINGS CONFIDENTAL
 
 
PALM SPRINGS CONFIDENTIAL CAST plus John Aylesworth on the far left and Bill Marks on the far right.
PALM SPRINGS CONFIDENTIAL CAST
John Aylesworth on the far left and Bill Marks on the far right.
 
 
 
 
 
One Girl Show
 
 
 
 
MORE ON STAGE
Shirley and Herb Jefferys
SHIRLEY AND HERB JEFFERYS
 
 
SHIRLEY AND
ANNETTE FUNICELLO
 
 
Riveria Hotel
AT THE RIVERIA HOTEL
 
 
On Stage
 
 
On Stage 2
 
 
On Stage 3
 
 
On Stage 4
 
 
On Stage 5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AGE 82 = 30,684 DAYS OLD
 
 
 
 
FASHION SHOW
Stroke Recovery Center
Palm Springs
April 2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
FASHION SHOW - April 2010
 
 
 
 
FASHION SHOW - April 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FASHION SHOW - April 2014
 
 
L to R: SHIRLEY CLAIRE, ROSLAND BROWN, ISABEL BARD, COLLENE TOD, SANDRA GREER
 
 
L to R: ROSLAND BROWN, SHIRLEY CLAIRE, SANDRA GREER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CASTING CALL PHOTOS
 
1 of 3
 
 
 
AUDITIOS FOR MOVIE 1
2 of 3
 
 
 
 
MOVIE 2
 
3 of 3
 
 
 
SHIRLEY CLAIRE

 

 

UPDATE: Aug. 2012 - She got the call and is in the movie.
 
 
 
 
SHIRLEY CLAIRE EXTRA
SHIRLEY CLAIRE IN LIBERACE MOVIE
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

The story of Liberace

Starring:
Michael Douglas
and Matt Damon

Directed by
Steven Soderbergh

Shirley Claire was the first person in line when they entered the church for his funeral.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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EDITORS NOTE:
Most older photos were in Black and White.
Photographers could only develope black and white film.
At that time the color process was expensive & cumbersome.

 

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