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RIP - and then some...

May 30th, 2010 (05:11 pm)
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Lots of entertainers have been going to that final performance in the sky lately: Art Linkletter, Gary Coleman, Frank Frazzetta, Ronnie James Dio...

Seen on the Criterion Forum, from the NYT obit, 14 May:

Radio of the period was a rough-and-tumble world — a man’s world. Miss Rio gave as good as she got.

As recounted in Leonard Maltin’s book The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio’s Golden Age (Dutton, 1997), she was playing a show at NBC one day when the announcer, Dorian St. George, crept up behind her, undid the buttons down the back of her blouse and unhooked her bra. Miss Rio, performing live before a gallery of visitors, could do nothing but play on.

When the music stopped, Mr. St. George stepped up to the microphone to do a commercial. As he intoned plummily with the gallery looking on, Miss Rio stole up behind him, unbuckled his belt, unzipped his fly and neatly dropped his trousers. Then, according to Mr. Maltin’s book, she started on his undershorts.

What happened next is unrecorded.