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Martin divorced Faye after two years before meeting rising dance star
Charisse, whom he married in 1948. He and Charisse, who partnered Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly during her career,
were together until her death in 2008.
Martin often made singing tours of Europe and had a yearly contract at the London Palladium.
Martin first performed in Las Vegas in 1947 at the Flamingo Hotel. His final Vegas gig was in 1988 at Vegas World (now the Stratosphere). He continued performing into his nineties.
Martin and Cyd Charisse had one son together, Tony Martin, Jr. (August 28, 1950 - April 10, 2011), who predeceased his father. Martin adopted Charisse's son, Nicky, from her first marriage.
GORE VIDAL died on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. He was 86. The cause was complications of pneumonia.
Vidal authored 25 novels, two memoirs and several volumes of stylish, magisterial essays. He also wrote plays, television dramas and screenplays.
His classic play The Best Man is currently running on Broadway.
The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated writer Gore Vidal, and on Friday, August 3, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York were dimmed in his memory.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said, "For over six decades, Gore Vidal never stopped writing novels, memoirs, plays, essays and screenplays, and was a ubiquitous cultural commentator. His plays were timely and timeless, as evidenced by the current production of The Best Man now playing on Broadway. Our thoughts go out to his friends, family, and fans."
His best known Broadway plays were Visit to a Small Planet in 1957 and The Best Man in 1960. In The Best Man, about two contenders for the presidential nomination, Mr. Vidal exercised his lifelong fascination with politics. (He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1960.) It has proved among his most enduring works. It ran for 520 performances on Broadway before becoming a successful film, in 1964, with a cast headed by Henry Fonda and a screenplay by Mr. Vidal. It was revived on Broadway in 2000 and is now being revived again at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre as Gore Vidal's The Best Man. It was nominated for a 1960 Tony Award for Best Play and nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Other plays include Romulus (1962), based on one of his books, Weekend (1968) and the politically charged An Evening With Richard Nixon and. (1972).
He wrote for most of the television programs that presented hour-long original dramas in the 1950s, including Studio One, Philco Television Playhouse and Goodyear Playhouse. He was a contract writer for MGM, and also wrote the screenplay for the movie adaptation of his friend Tennessee Williams's play Suddenly, Last Summer.
Mr. Vidal was an occasional actor, appearing in animated form on The Simpsons and Family Guy, in the movie version of his own play The Best Man, and in the Tim Robbins movie Bob Roberts, in which he played a version of himself. He was a more than occasional guest on TV talk shows.
JOAN STEIN a Tony Award winning theatre and television producer died august 3, 2012 from appendceal cancer, a family spokesperson announced. She was 59.
She graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in Theater and English at the State University of New York at Albany. After graduating, she began her illustrious theatre career producing and/or general managing over 80 plays and musicals.
In 1980, she began producing Off-Broadway with James Lapine’s Table Settings (1980), The Middle Ages (1983), The Miss Firecracker Contest (1984) and Tent Meeting (1987).
Joan Stein made her Broadway debut as a producer with Larry Shue’s The Nerd in 1987. Additional Broadway productions include: Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, Butley, Nine to Five.
In 1982, she began a five-year tenure as the Managing Director of the historic Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she partnered with Artistic Director Josie Abady. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became the Executive Director of The Canon Theatre, producing and general managing productions that included Love Letters, Forever Plaid, Ruthless The Musical, Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Last Night At Ballyhoo and Nude, Nude Totally Nude starring Andrea Martin. Ms. Stein was also the theatre producer of the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.
In 1994, Ms. Stein partnered with producer Stephen Eich to present the Los Angeles premiere of Steve Martin’s Award-winning Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Westwood Playhouse. The production later moved to Off Broadway’s Promenade Theatre and received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Production. Picasso then moved to San Francisco’s Theatre on the Square and continued to play both nationally and internationally.
Ms. Stein also produced Warren Leight’s Sideman on Broadway in 1998 and in 1999 she received the Tony Award for Best Play.
She partnered in 2002 with Steve Martin and created Martin/Stein Productions, a television company that developed and produced scripted and reality television programming for all broadcast networks, HBO and Showtime. Martin/Stein was a division of Carsey-Werner Productions.
Other television producing credits include: My Brother’ Wife starring John Ritter and Mel Harris for ABC and Crazy in Love starring Holly Hunter, Gena Rowlands and Bill Pullman for TNT.
Joan Stein’s most recent projects include Motherhood Out Loud with Susan Rose (Co-Conceivers/Producers), which opened at Primary Stages in New York City in September 2011; Standing On Ceremony - The Gay Marriage Plays; Mad Hot Ballroom, a new musical based on the Award winning documentary; and Baby It’s You!
In addition to producing, she created and manages two theatrical investment funds, was a co-founder and served on the Board of Directors of New York Theatre Workshop, and Women in Film, helped launch Broadway Cares and was a member of The Broadway League for 22 years.
Joan Stein is survived numerous family members including her adoring husband of 35 years, director and landscape architect Ted Weiant.