Alice Faye was one of the most popular musical stars in the golden era of Hollywood.
From the late 1930s to the mid-1940s she was a top box- office attraction in such films as Alexander's Ragtime Band and That Night in Rio, and composers Jule Styne and Irving Berlin were among those who praised her melodic distinctively throaty crooning style. Among the songs she introduced on screen was the 1944 Oscar-winner "You'll Never Know" which became permanently identified with her.
Alice Faye Personal Quote:
"Six films I made with Don Ameche and, in every one of them, my voice was deeper than the plot."
Alice was the first female crooner in the movies and led the way for women to sell the popular song on screen.
She also changed the image of the leading lady in the movie musical and introduced a depth and sincerity in her roles which shown through.
At her best she could break one's heart singing in beautifully lit giant close-ups which helped her become one of the major Hollywood stars.
Alice Faye (May 5, 1915 - May 9, 1998) US actress and singer. She was born Alice Jeane Leppert in New York City and made her entertainment debut as a chorus girl on Vaudeville, moving on to Broadway in the George White Scandals.
Adopting her stage name, Faye came to prominence on radio in The Fleischmann Hour (1932-1934) with Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees. Vallee had also appeared in the George White Scandals of 1931.
Tribute to Alice Faye
When a songbird is released from her cage to fly away,
We are sad, because we are left with an emptiness
And we deeply miss her lovely, cheerful song.
But think of the bird!
The bird is free!
And she still sings. --Father Bob Curtis