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1956: Crosby on ‘Fire’

Dec. 14, 1956:

Bing Crosby and producer Sol Siegel are having a friendly family fight over whether the Groaner should sing in “Man on Fire.” Crosby says no, but Siegel has the perfect places in the pic for music. Besides, Siegel says Crosby’s disks sell the pix … Inger Stevens, Bing’s leading lady in the film, signed her Paramount pact Monday and her three-film deal with Siegel on Wednesday. Yeah, you guessed it, she looks like — Grace Kelly … Kirk Douglas collects a $25 bet from Buddy Adler if Bryna’s “Lizzie” is in the can before 20th’s “Three Faces of Eve” gets under way … Marlene Dietrich remained in town to attend last night’s “Anastasia” preview. Vic Mature was supposed to squire Jayne Mansfield, but he was bedded by the flu in Rancho Santa Fe. Bob Wagner happily replaced him. Mansfield, looking at a particularly revealing foto of herself: “Gee, I kinda look like a roller coaster” … Zsa Zsa Gabor guested on Rosie Clooney’s TV show to thank Jose Ferrer, who gave her a big film break in “Moulin Rouge.” Clooney, by the way, may follow Jerry Lewis’ Jan. 19 one-hour TV show with a special 30-minute stint of her own.

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