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Florence Easton

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A singer of outstanding versatility, Florence Easton possessed a dramatic soprano huge enough to accomplish complete justice to Wagner’s Brünnhilde, while within the big Italian functions and the ones of Strauss with consummate ease and design. Gifted having a brain even more musical than within many another vocalist, she was scrupulous with her interpretations and usually superbly ready. That she produced the intimately lyrical part of Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi is definitely astonishing, though simply another testament to the number of her capabilities. At age group five, Easton journeyed with her family members to Toronto. In the beginning, her interest is at the piano and she pursued her key pad research with diligence. When she came back to Britain and enrolled at London’s Royal Academy of Music, nevertheless, she started to research voice, primarily dealing with Agnes Larkcom. Afterwards, Easton visited Paris and coached with Elliot Haslam, who aided her in safely placing the tone of voice. Her 1903 debut occurred in modest environment when she sang the Shepherd in Tannhäconsumer for the Moody-Manners Firm in Newcastle. The next year, she wedded American tenor Francis Maclennan, with whom she afterwards sang in European countries. In 1905, she started 2 yrs of touring America using the Henry Savage British Opera Company within a creation of Rigoletto, and she and her spouse were engaged from the Berlin Hofoper. She continued to be with that organization until 1913 and throughout that period, also produced her debut in London, performing Beatrice in Edwin Naylor’s The Angelus and Cio-Cio-San to her husband’s Pinkerton. Within the second option role specifically, she was well-liked on her behalf crystalline purity of tone of voice and the simplicity with which she required the D smooth towards the end of her entry. From 1913 to 1916, Easton was an associate from the Hamburg Städtische Oper, where she sang tasks which range from Sophie to Elektra. She following appeared using the Chicago Opera, performing a solitary Siegfried Brünnhilde to her husband’s youthful Siegfried through the 1915 – 1916 time of year. Later on, though, Easton became a popular with Ravinia Recreation area audiences during many summer opera months. On Dec 7, 1917, Easton produced her debut in the Metropolitan Opera as Santuzza and continued to be an important person in that organization for 13 years. Performing a remarkable selection of assignments — 39 in every — she endeared herself to administration who sensed reassured with the option of a first-class soprano ready to sing almost any function from her huge repertory on brief notice. Her initial appearance was greeted with the vital W.J. Henderson simply because that of a vocalist possessing “a tone of voice of beauty no inconsiderable power.” A incomplete report on her assignments will confirm the ongoing tool she put into her artistic worthy of: Ah-Yoe (Leoni’s L’Oracolo), Fiordiligi, Lodoletta, Nedda, the Marschallin, Carmen, Aida, Gioconda, the Walküre, and Siegfried Brünnhildes. Furthermore to Lauretta, Easton made the assignments of Aelfrida in Deems Taylor’s The King’s Henchman and Mom Tyl in Albert Wolff’s Oiseau Bleu. The soprano retuned to Covent Backyard in 1927 to sing Turandot (“with comprehensive command word of its dramatic and cruel drive,” based on the Telegraph) and in 1932 to execute the Siegfried Brünnhilde and Isolde contrary Lauritz Melchior. Both in Wagner assignments, she was respected on her behalf subtlety and beauty of tone of voice. Easton retired in the Metropolitan in 1936, but continuing to execute in concert until 1943.

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Date Of Birth October 25, 1882
Died August 13, 1955, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Opera Singer
Education Royal Academy of Music
Nationality British
Music Songs My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair, Lungi dal caro bene, Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro, Sadko: Scene 4: Chanson indoue, Kiss Me Again, Gotterdammerung : Prologue: Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde, Carmen: Je dis que rien, Pagliacci, Act I: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo - Che volo d'augeli, Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act IV: Solveig's sang, Alle Dinge haben eine Sprache: Alle Dinge haben eine Sprache, Act I: Habanera: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle, Air des Bijoux, Madama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel di, vedremo, O Holy Night, My Laddie, Act III: Micaelas Aria: Je dis que rien ne mepouvante, Faust, Act I: Le roi de Thule, Herodiade, Act I: Il est doux, il est bon, Act II: O sink' hernieder, Nacht, Faust: Il était un roi de Thule, Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth, S2/R477: No Peace to Us is Given, La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace mio Dio!, Der Nußbaum: Der Nußbaum, Tosca, Act II: Vissi d'arte, Un bel dì vedremo, The Snow Maiden, Act I: Lehl's Song, La Traviata: Parigi, o cara, Act I: Was traumte mir von Tristans Ehre, Vissi d’arte, Pagliacci /Players: Qual flamma, Act III: Mild und leise wie er lachelt, L'honesta negli amori, Act I: Gia il sole del Gange
Albums The Symposium Opera Collection, Vol. 8 (1920-1942)


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#Fact
1 He is survived by his daughter, Heather Woodruff Perry; and granddaughter.
2 His parents divorced when he was about 7 years old. He moved with his mother to San Antonio, Texas where he was first aware of regional dialect. He had a childhood stutter problem.
3 After his marriage to June Grimstead, an English woman, he lived several years in England and studied phonetics at University College in London, England.
4 Began his young career on radio as a teenager in 1945 when he was heard on "Quiz Kids".
5 Coached actor Forest Whitaker to an Oscar and Golden Globe with his Ugandan dialect as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006).
6 Cast as "Sparks " in the film of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), only 3 years later he had a regular spot on a submarine as the voice of "Phones" in the UK Children's TV series Stingray (1964).
7 Is known as the "Henry Higgins of Hollywood". Is a master of dialects, and frequently coaches other actors.
8 He appeared in the original The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) TV series, as well as the movie version (The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)).
9 Was a "Quiz Kid", a renowned group of high-IQ children in the 1930s and 1940s.
10 While a student at the University of Texas in the Spring of 1949, he was inititated into Phi Eta Sigma, a national honorary scholastic fraternity for men.
11 Lived for a time in San Antonio, Texas.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Opening Night 1953 TV Series
Meet Millie 1952 TV Series Red
Feudin' Fools 1952 Caleb Smith
Fearless Fagan 1952 Corpora - Fagan's Guard (uncredited)
O. Henry's Full House 1952 Yokel (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief") (uncredited)
Dreamboat 1952 Man in TV Hair Commercial (uncredited)
Belles on Their Toes 1952 Franklin Dykes (uncredited)
With a Song in My Heart 1952 Kansas GI (uncredited)
Dangerous Assignment 1952 TV Series Tennessee
The Jack Benny Program 1951 TV Series Lem
Havana Rose 1951 Hotel Clerk (as Bob Easton)
Drums in the Deep South 1951 Jerry
The Tall Target 1951 Young Southerner (uncredited)
Comin' Round the Mountain 1951 Luke McCoy (as Bob Easton)
Savage Drums 1951 Tex Channing (as Bob Easton)
Cause for Alarm! 1951 Tex (uncredited)
The Red Badge of Courage 1951 Thompson (as Robert Easton Burke)
Call Me Mister 1951 Tennessee (uncredited)
Union Station 1950 Con Victim (uncredited)
Undertow 1949 Fisher - Parking Lot Valet (uncredited)
The Ones post-production Don's Guru
Horrorween 2011 Neighbor
Resistance: Retribution 2009 Video Game British Commandos (voice)
The Grift 2008 Henry Addams
Spiritual Warriors 2007 Roger
Azusa Street: The Movie 2006 Video Narrator
Daniel: The Movie 2006 Video Gabriel
Lost 2004/I Minister
Red Roses and Petrol 2003 Old Geezer
Gods and Generals 2003 John Janney
Just One Night 2000 Drunk Cab Driver
Titanic Explorer 1998 Video Game Archibald Gracie Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon Charles Joughin ... (voice)
Primary Colors 1998 Dr. Beauregard
Merchants of Venus 1998 Oleg
Storybook 1996 Hoot (voice)
The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 Mayor Amos Jasper
Needful Things 1993 Lester Pratt
Little Sister 1992 M.C.
Pet Sematary II 1992 Priest
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 1991 Klingon Judge
Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland 1989 Hecht
Working Girl 1988 Armbrister
Long Gone 1987 TV Movie Cletis Ramey
Harry's Hong Kong 1987 TV Movie American Tourist
Tai-Pan 1986
Invitation to the Wedding 1983 American Husband
The American Adventure 1982 Thomas Jefferson (voice)
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy 1981 TV Movie David Finley
The Oklahoma City Dolls 1981 TV Movie Sheriff Mike Sorenson
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1979 Customs Man
Charleston 1979 TV Movie Reverend Allen
Centennial 1978 TV Mini-Series Major Sibley
The Bionic Woman 1978 TV Series Colonel
Incredible Rocky Mountain Race 1977 TV Movie
Last of the Mohicans 1977 TV Movie David Gamut
Pete's Dragon 1977 Store Proprietor
Fernwood Tonight 1977 TV Series Nelson Phipps
Almos' a Man 1976 TV Short Shopkeeper
Timber Tramps 1975
Mr. Sycamore 1975 Fred Staines
The Ghost Busters 1975 TV Series Sparks
The Giant Spider Invasion 1975 Kester
Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1975 TV Series Bernard Carmichael
Alias Big Cherry 1975
Heavy Traffic 1973
Jarrett 1973 TV Movie Toby
Lassie 1973 TV Series Harley
A Very Missing Person 1972 TV Movie Onofre
Squares 1972 Frank Warren
Alias Smith and Jones 1971 TV Series Hank
The Touch of Satan 1971 Mr. Keitel
Johnny Got His Gun 1971 Third Doctor
Mod Squad 1969-1971 TV Series Gus Weldon / Wrangler
The Andersonville Trial 1970 TV Movie Court Reporter
Paint Your Wagon 1969 Atwell
The Red Skelton Hour 1952-1969 TV Series Cowboy Minstrel / Hippie / Irwin
The Doris Day Show 1968 TV Series Albert Simpson
Get Smart 1968 TV Series Maestro
Judd for the Defense 1968 TV Series Fred Sherwood
The Lucy Show 1967 TV Series Iffie
Combat! 1967 TV Series Woody Jones
Pistols 'n' Petticoats 1966 TV Series Will Dill
Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1966 TV Series Harold Hewley / Jud
One of Our Spies Is Missing 1966 Mr. Bentley - the Texan
My Mother the Car 1966 TV Series Fink
Run for Your Life 1966 TV Series Desk Clerk
Lost in Space 1965 TV Series Newsman Lacy
Perry Mason 1965 TV Series Ed Allison
O.K. Crackerby! 1965 TV Series Airport Desk Clerk
The Loved One 1965 Dusty Acres
Petticoat Junction 1964-1965 TV Series Hector / Henry Barton
The Beverly Hillbillies 1965 TV Series Beauregard Short
The Rogues 1965 TV Series Barman
The Munsters 1965 TV Series Moose Mallory
Death Valley Days 1964 TV Series Moore
Burke's Law 1964 TV Series Hapless Magician
The Cara Williams Show 1964 TV Series Carl
Come Fly with Me 1963 Navigator
The War Lover 1962 Handown: Crew of 'The Body'
The Saint 1962 TV Series Benson
The Nun and the Sergeant 1962 Orville Nupert
The Real McCoys 1961 TV Series Cab Driver
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 Sparks
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1961 TV Series Jeff
Harrigan and Son 1960 TV Series Clem
The Andy Griffith Show 1960 TV Series Pete Johnson
Rawhide 1960 TV Series Bugler
Johnny Ringo 1960 TV Series Billy Counts
The Millionaire 1960 TV Series Florida Cates
Riverboat 1959 TV Series Cpl. John Chase
How to Marry a Millionaire 1959 TV Series Robert E Harper
Playhouse 90 1959 TV Series
Wagon Train 1959 TV Series Slim
When Hell Broke Loose 1958 Jonesie
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin 1957-1958 TV Series Swapper Sam Scott / Scott
December Bride 1958 TV Series
The Adventures of Jim Bowie 1958 TV Series Otie Jimson
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1957-1958 TV Series Brian McAfee
Circus Boy 1957 TV Series Lem Clemens
Navy Log 1955-1957 TV Series Ensign Lee / Hi-Boats
Telephone Time 1956 TV Series Pvt. Grover Mackey
The Ford Television Theatre 1956 TV Series Cowboy
Annie Oakley 1956 TV Series Abner Harkey / 'Smiley' Douglas
Hold Back the Night 1956 Ackerman (as Bob Easton)
Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 Cpl. Quinbury (uncredited)
The Bold and the Brave 1956 Tall Blonde G.I. (uncredited)
The Kettles in the Ozarks 1956 Lafe (uncredited)
TV Reader's Digest 1956 TV Series Horton
Screen Directors Playhouse 1956 TV Series Stanley Moran
The Bob Cummings Show 1955 TV Series Warren the Bird Watcher
Father Knows Best 1955 TV Series Carter Mawson
Gunsmoke 1955 TV Series Magnus Goode
Schlitz Playhouse 1955 TV Series
My Little Margie 1953-1955 TV Series Luke Tolliver
Buffalo Bill, Jr. 1955 TV Series Telegrapher Danny Crockett
Deep in My Heart 1954 Cumberly (uncredited)
The Raid 1954 Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
The High and the Mighty 1954 Cargo Clerk (uncredited)
Cavalcade of America 1953-1954 TV Series George Merchant
Fireside Theatre 1954 TV Series
McCoy of Abilene 1953 TV Movie
Combat Squad 1953 Lewis
Racket Squad 1951-1953 TV Series Tex / Joe - Desk Clerk
Take Me to Town 1953 Train Vendor (uncredited)
The Neanderthal Man 1953 Danny - Townsman
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms 1953 Deckhand (uncredited)
Adventures of Superman 1953 TV Series Marvin

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Au Pairs 2010 Short technical advisor
Days of Our Lives 2008 TV Series dialect coach - 1 episode
The Last King of Scotland 2006 dialogue coach: Mr. Whitaker - as Bob Easton
Transit 2005 TV Movie accent coach
A Little Trip to Heaven 2005 additional voice coaching
Volare 2004/II Short dialect coach
Face of Terror 2004 dialogue coach
Shade 2003 dialect coach
The Night We Called It a Day 2003 dialect coach: Mr. Hopper
The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003 dialect coach
Snapshots 2002/I dialogue coach: Julie Christie
Drowning Mona 2000 dialect coach
Homegrown 1998 dialect coach: Mr. Azaria
Good Will Hunting 1997 dialect coach
The Maker 1997 dialect/dialogue coach
The Empty Mirror 1996 dialogue coach
Night Falls on Manhattan 1996 dialect coach
Wild Bill 1995 dialect coach
The Neverending Story III 1994 dialogue coach
The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 dialect coach
The Amy Fisher Story 1993 TV Movie dialogue coach
Pet Sematary II 1992 dialogue coach
Cruel Doubt 1992 TV Mini-Series dialect coach - 2 episodes
Noises Off... 1992 dialect coach
Mobsters 1991 dialect coach
The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter 1990 dialogue coach
Catchfire 1990 dialogue coach - as Bob Easton
Stella 1990 dialect coach
Next of Kin 1989 dialect coach
Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland 1989 additional dialogue / dialogue coach
Loverboy 1989 dialogue coach
Red Heat 1988 dialogue coach
Sledge Hammer! 1987 TV Series dialect coach - 1 episode
Revolution 1985 dialect coach
Kane & Abel 1985 TV Mini-Series dialogue coach - 1 episode
North and South 1985 TV Mini-Series dialect coach - 6 episodes
Volunteers 1985 dialogue coach
Flesh+Blood 1985 dialect coach
Florence Nightingale 1985 TV Movie dialect coach
The NeverEnding Story 1984 dialogue coach
Scarface 1983 dialogue coach
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy 1981 TV Movie dialect coach
Inchon 1981 dialect coach: Laurence Olivier
Falling in Love Again 1980 dialogue director: 1940's sequence
Love and Bullets 1979 dialogue coach
The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1979 TV Movie dialogue coach
Magic 1978 accent consultant
Crazy Mama 1975 dialect coach
The Molly Maguires 1970 dialogue coach - uncredited
Khartoum 1966 accent coach - uncredited
Feudin' Fools 1952 dialect coach
Havana Rose 1951 dialect coach

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The NeverEnding Story 1984 additional dialogue
The Giant Spider Invasion 1975 screenplay

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Circus Boy 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Belles on Their Toes 1952 performer: "Doin' the Raccoon", "Sweet Georgia Brown"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 TV Special in memory of
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Then She Found Me 2007 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews 2010 Documentary Himself
Stand by for Action 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary
Biography 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Arnold, the Man Behind the Muscle 1994 Video documentary Himself
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind 1988 TV Movie documentary Voice Recreation (voice)
60 Millionen für Phantásien - Wie die 'unendliche Geschichte' ins Kino kam 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1979 TV Series Himself
The Danny Kaye Show 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Filmed in Supermarionation 2014 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Invaders from the Deep 1981 Lieutenant George Lee 'Phones' Sheridan / Corda / WSP Commander
The Incredible Voyage of Stingray 1980 Video Lieutenant George Lee 'Phones' Sheridan / Surface Agent X-2-Zero / 3rd WSP Commander / ...
Decision 1958 TV Series
Mobs, Inc. 1956 Joe the Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

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#Quote
1 [on not helping Meryl Streep with her accents] No it wasn't me. But I wished it was.
2 [on being typecast as a Texan] dopey deputy and half-wit hayseed.
3 [on his childhood stuttering] When you have a big problem like that you overcompensate. I found it easier to do voices other than my own.


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