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1957: Ringing in the New Year

A look back at New Year's Eve 1957

Jan. 2, 1957

GOOD MORNING: Hollywood fotogs never had it so good as this New Year’s Eve with almost every top name in town out — one way or another … Bing Crosby, who had already surprised everyone with his rug-less appearance at the “Tex” Feldman party, continued to the Leo Durochers to join up with singers Howard Keel, Dean Martin, Eddie Fisher, Gordon MacRae and Danny Kaye, each of whom paid $70 a couple to finance the brawl … Martin and Crosby teamed for “True Love,” with Crosby singing the Grace Kelly part … Nancy Eiland, the Groaner’s date, really had a ball on this, her first big night in Hollywood … We asked Bing what’s with him and Kathy Grant — and he reminded she’s in Korea with Johnny Grant’s troupe … (2007 update: Kathy (Kathryn) Grant married Bing Oct. 24, 1957. He died Oct. 14, 1977 at age 73. “He told me, ‘I can probably only give you 10 years,’ but he gave me 20,” and three children, Harry, Nathaniel and Mary. Kathryn recently played a three-niter, “Holiday Memories of Bing” at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood. When she’s in town, Kathryn houseguests with Dolores, (Mrs. Bob) Hope. Kathryn said she will continue doing her show as a “bus and truck” one-niter. When in Minneapolis, “White Christmas” was screened along with her act. Johnny Grant recalled working said Kathy. “We did a comedy skit together — they (troops) loved it.” Grant recently returned from his 60th overseas troop trip — this one, his second for servicemen on duty at the Navy base in Guantanamo Bay. Grant said he wants to return again and is seeking more Hollywood support. Stefanie Powers was among those in Grant’s recent Cuba cast.)

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