Beverly Bentley Mailer Saw it All My Dear: From the Beginning of TV To Miles Davis and Through Norman Mailer
It was with great heartbreak, that I learned that a friend of mine passed away today. Beverly Bentley was a actress, an activist who marched in every rally there was and called Washington on a regular bases. She was fierce and one of a kind. She had a love affair with Miles Davis and was the white women he was arrested for outside of “Birdland.” Miles said her name was Judy, because she was also dating and later married author Norman Mailer. She spent time in Spain with Hemmingway. She got legendary folk singer Bob Dylan his first major gig in New York City on April 11, 1961, opening for iconic blues artist John Lee Hooker in Greenwich Village, because she was friends with Hooker.
I first met Beverly through Clyde Shelby. We became close when she nurtured me through a relationship where the secrets of her life, unveiled some disturbing coincidences to mine. Hello, Monroe Inker. She regaled me with stories of her life, Peter Ustinov, Rip Torn, Jackie Gleason, Peter Lorre, Mike Todd, blues, jazz and theatre. I was with her at Norman’s memorial in New York. Sadly, we lost touch.
Beverly Bentley was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1930 and has made her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts for 50 years. Beverly has had a long and distinguished career in television, film, and theater, beginning during the Golden Age of television in the 1950s, when she appeared regularly on the “Arthur Godfrey Show,” “Beat the Clock” with Bud Collier, “The Big Payoff” with Bess Meyerson, “The Price Is RIght” with Bill Cullen, and such dramatic series as “Naked City,” “The Defenders,” and “Studio One.” In Canada she starred on CBS in Anouilh’s “Eurydice” opposite William Shatner, and “The Tiger at the Gates,” with Anthony Quayle. She appeared on Broadway in Romanoff and Juliet, The Heroine and The Lovers.
Off-Broadway, she was featured in Norman Mailer’s The Deer Park and Why Are We in Viet Nam?, Leroi Jones‘ Dutchman and The BIg Knife, as well as numerous summer stock productions. Film credits include her debut in Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd”, Mike Todd, Jr.’s “Scent of Mystery” (aka, “Holiday in Spain”), Norman Mailer’s trilogy “Wild 90,” “Beyond the Law,” and “Maidstone,” as well as the cult horror film, “CHUD.”
Beverly had a long association with theater both in Provincetown and throughout Cape Cod. In the 1960s, she was one of the founders of the ACT IV theatre company that performed in the basement of the Gifford House and featured early performances by then-unkowns Al Pacino, John Cazale, and Jill Clayburgh. She has appeared in Provincetown productions of The Lion in Winter as Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Men’s Lives, as well at the Tennessee Williams Festival directed by David Kaplan. She is especially recognized for her appearances at the Payomet Theatre as Dona Ana in Don Juan in Hell and Audrey Wood in Mr. Williams and Miss Wood. She performed Love Letters to great acclaim throughout the Cape with the late Guy Strauss, the founder of Payomet.
Beverly is the mother of actor Steven Mailer and film producer Michael Mailer.
T2C Sends Our Prayers to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lea Michele
Saturday, March 25, 2023
A Statement From Andrew Lloyd Webber
I am shattered to have to announce that my beloved elder son Nick died a few hours ago in Basingstoke Hospital. His whole family is gathered together and we are all totally bereft.
Thank you for all your thoughts during this difficult time.
The 75-year-old Oscar-winning composer son Nicholas followed in his father’s footsteps and was a successful composer in his own right, having written Fat Friends The Musical. He was married to musician Polly Wiltshire, who appeared on the soundtrack of his father’s 2019 movie Cats.
During his career, Nicholas also scored music for an adaption of The Little Prince as well as composing numerous TV and film scores, including for the BBC1 drama Loves, Lies, and Records.
Nicholas previously spoke about making his own way in the theatre world away from his famous family name in a 2011 unearthed interview.
He said he wanted to be ‘judged on his own merits’ so dropped his surname when working to see what the reaction would be.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.
Also on Saturday Lea Michele updated her fans on the status of her two-year-old’s health via her Instagram after he was hospitalized earlier this week. Her son Ever was in the hospital, but is now out due to a ‘scary health issue. She posted a picture backstage in her dressing room ahead of her Broadway performance in Funny Girl. Lea had been out to focus on her family.
“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for just so much love and support this week. I really really appreciated it”.
Richard Belzer of Law & Order: SVU Has Died
Richard Belzer was best known for his role as BPD Detective, NYPD Detective/Sergeant, and DA Investigator John Munch, whom he portrayed as a regular cast member on the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as in guest appearances on several other series. He portrayed the character for 23 years, from 1993 until retiring in 2016.
Belzer started off as a stand-up comic at Pips, The Improv, and Catch a Rising Star. He participated in the Channel One comedy group that satirized television and became the basis for the cult movie The Groove Tube. He was the audience warm-up comedian for Saturday Night Live and made three guest appearances on the show between 1975 and 1980.
He is noted for small roles in Fame, Café Flesh, Night Shift, and Scarface. He appeared in the music videos for the Mike + The Mechanics song “Taken In” and for the Pat Benatar song “Le Bel Age”, as well as the Kansas video “Can’t Cry Anymore”. In addition to his film career, Belzer was a featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour with co-stars John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and Harold Ramis.
In the late 1970s, he co-hosted Brink & Belzer on 660AM WNBC radio in New York City. He was a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show.
In the 1990s, Belzer appeared frequently on television. He was a regular on The Flash, nd in several episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He followed that with starring roles on the Baltimore-based Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999) and the New York City-based Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–2013).
Belzer appeared in several of Comedy Central’s televised broadcasts of Friars Club roasts. On June 9, 2001, Belzer himself was honored by the New York Friars Club
Belzer voiced the character of Loogie for most of the South Park.
Belzer believed there was a conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and wrote five books discussing conspiracy theories. Dead Wrong and Hit List were written with journalist David Wayne and reached The New York Times Best Seller list.
Belzer survived testicular cancer in 1983. His HBO special and comedy CD Another Lone Nut pokes fun at this medical incident as well as his status as a well-known conspiracy theorist.
Belzer died at his home in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on February 19, 2023, at age 78, from complications of unspecified circulatory and respiratory conditions.
The World Says Good-Bye To Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch has passed on. In 1981 she starred on Broadway in Woman of the Year, receiving praise for following Lauren Bacall in the title role.
In 1997, Welch starred on Broadway in Victor/Victoria, following Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli in the title role.
That year, she also acted in an episode of the comedy series Seinfeld, entitled “The Summer of George”, Welch played a highly temperamental version of herself, assaulting series characters Kramer and Elaine, the former because he fired her from an acting job and the latter because Welch mistakenly thought Elaine was mocking her.
In 2001, she had supporting roles in the comedy films Legally Blonde opposite Reese Witherspoon and Tortilla Soup. In 2002, she starred in the PBS series American Family, a story about a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles. Her next film was Forget About It (2006). She also appeared in Welcome to The Captain, which premiered on CBS television on February 4, 2008. In 2015 she played a role in The Ultimate Legacy.
Most recently Welch appeared in a sitcom titled Date My Dad (2017) where she reunited with Robert Wagner on screen, four decades after starring together in The Biggest Bundle of Them All. She acted in How to Be a Latin Lover (2017).
For many years, Welch performed in a successful one-woman nightclub musical act in Las Vegas.
She first came to attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage and won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They lent her to a British studio where she made One Million Years B.C. Her images in the doe-skin bikini became one of the bestselling posters and turned her into an international sex symbol. She later starred in Bedazzled, Bandolero!,
100 Rifles, Myra Breckinridge and Hannie Caulder.
She made several television variety specials.
Her rise to stardom in the mid-1960s brought her international fame. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance in The Three Musketeers.
She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Film for her performance in the film Right to Die.
In 1995, Welch was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History”. Playboy ranked Welch No. 3 on their “100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century” list.
Rachel Welch’s career was so varied that to write about her life completely would be to write a novel. The best way I know how to celebrate a performers life is to gather the clips that allow us to see their work.
Welch died yesterday, February 15, 2023, at her home in Los Angeles, following a brief illness. She was 82. With her the era of sex symbols diminishes.
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