Dani Crayne

  1. Ann Blyth, The Helen Morgan Story, 1956.        For six months, Warner Bros scanned some 32 possible Morgans, including Crayne, Susan Hayward, Jennifer Jones plus singers Doris Day, Judy Garland, Helene Grayco, Peggy Lee, Jaye P. Morgan, Patti Page, Keely Smith. And even fashion model Nancy Berg. Morgan’s friends and fans were aghast when director Michael Curtis chose Blyth, with Cogi Grant dubbing the songs, as neither looked or sounded like Morgan. Curtiz said Blyth was the best actress for the rôle and Grant’s voice was better than Morgan’s “kind of high-pitched, low-voiced torch singing… it’s outmoded.” So, tell another story! Berg’s life, for example, was way heavier.   (Crayne was later billed as Janssen on marrying David Janssen in 1975 – until  his 1980 death).

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