Posted ByMaria on March 11, 2002 at 16:10:05:
In Reply to: Jack and Mary's Social Circle posted byGerry O. on March 11, 2002 at 10:48:47:
I thought it was that Joan didn't want them to perform necessarily, but her parents both kind of talked her into it. I don't remember Mary not wanting Blossom & Benny to perform.
: I've heard and read that Jack and Mary had very different standards when it came to socializing with show biz folk....
: Jack had no problem with hanging out with old buddies from the vaudeville days and swapping stories....However, Mary felt compelled to socialize with the "movers and shakers" who were popular in the then-present day realm of show business.
: One of my favorite "Jack and Mary" stories took place when they were hosting daughter Joan's "Sweet 16" party.
: Joan invited many of her young teenaged friends, and there was live entertainment. Mary made sure that the big names of the then-present day world of show biz attended and performed....Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Tony Martin, etc.
: However, it happened that Jack's old vaudeville buddies, the husband-and-wife team of Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields were staying at the Benny home as houseguests and were at the party.
: Blossom and Benny were ready to get up and do their old vaudeville song-and-dance routine (much to fellow guest George Burns' urging), but Mary was horrified....She took Joan aside and warned her that her teenaged friends wouldn't like the old-hat shenanigans of the couple. Joan felt guilty about not asking the couple to perform, so she asked Papa Jack what to do...and Jack enthusiastically said, "Why, of COURSE we're going to have them perform!"
: Blossom and Benny got up and did their old standards, and the teenagers went WILD (so did the adults)...The two old troupers were the surprise hit of the party!
: I understand that the embarrassed Mary wanted to fall right through the floor when the team was "strutting their stuff" for the crowd, but that's a GREAT story which illustrates the difference in "social acceptance" of Jack and Mary.