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Betty Phares, dancer, singer and actress who labored with the Three Stooges – obituary – The Telegraph


Cohn’s plan to present the women their very own collection of movie shorts failed to achieve fruition, however he put them to work in supporting roles in films that included the musical comedy Showboat Serenade (1944), as a seductive nightclub act in Youth Aflame (1944), and the comedy Affairs of Geraldine (1946).

Betty Phares labored impartial of the trio as a dancer within the musical comedy Sensations of 1945, with Eleanor Powell, and WC Fields enjoying himself in his last movie position. “I reckon that man was born depressing,” Betty recalled in 2017. “Followers noticed it as comedic and lapped it up. I believe it truly aggravated Fields that individuals thought of him humorous – and he actually was humorous!”

Alongside her movie work, Betty Phares continued to carry out dwell with the Sonny Dunham Orchestra, later becoming a member of the band on display for a collection of musical shorts.

In 2002, she married Eddie Metcalfe, a former clarinet participant she had recognized within the Spike Jones band; he had misplaced his spouse a few years earlier than they met once more. They moved to Arizona.

The next yr, she was invited to attend the Three Stooges’ Seventy fifth-anniversary particular; when she took to the stage with Laverne Thompson and Lindsay Bourquin, the performers acquired a four-minute standing ovation.

Some years later, she appeared within the documentary, Hey Moe! Hey Dad! (2015) produced by Paul Howard, the son of one of many Stooges, Moe Howard.

Betty Phares is survived by her two stepchildren.

Betty Phares, born December 3 1924, died July 2 2022

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