19 décembre 2012

Décès de Hal Schaefer

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Le pianiste Hal Schaefer, qui fut le coach vocal de Marilyn et l'un de ses amants, est mort ce 8 décembre 2012 à l'âge de 87 ans.


Hal Schaefer, jazz piano virtuoso and onetime love of Marilyn Monroe, dies
publié le 19 décembre 2012
en ligne sur washingtonpost.com

In the early 1950s, the virtuosic jazz pianist Hal Schaefer was working behind the scenes at the 20th Century Fox studio in Hollywood as a musician, musical arranger and vocal coach. He tutored many film stars in the finer points of singing, but none more glamorous than Marilyn Monroe. The two became lovers, which is how the little-known Mr. Schaefer became embroiled in a Hollywood scandal involving three of the biggest celebrities of the time: Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra.

hal_schaefer_1Mr. Schaefer, who was 87 when he died Dec. 8 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., worked with musical greats as a young man. He performed in nightclubs alongside Duke Ellington, who once introduced Mr. Schaefer by saying, “And now you’re going to hear a real piano player.” In his teens, Mr. Schaefer held the piano chair in groups led by trumpeter Harry James, saxophonist Benny Carter and progressive bandleader Boyd Raeburn.

In Hollywood, he received an assignment to help Monroe and co-star Jane Russell prepare for their roles in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” a 1953 musical comedy directed by Howard Hawks.
Having worked with Peggy Lee, Billy Eckstine and other singers, Mr. Schaefer coached Monroe as if she were an aspiring jazz or cabaret vocalist. He asked her to listen to recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, then led her through private rehearsals at a bungalow on the studio lot.
Working closely with choreographer Jack Cole, Mr. Schaefer arranged the music for Monroe’s four-minute production number “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” It became the show-stopping centerpiece of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and helped secure Monroe’s reputation as a mesmerizing screen goddess.

Meanwhile, Mr. Schaefer kept busy in Hollywood, tutoring Judy Garland, Mitzi Gaynor and others. He worked again with Monroe on the 1954 film “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” arranging her sensuous number “Heat Wave.” (Mr. Schaefer occasionally appeared on screen in uncredited roles, including in the 1954 western “River of No Return,” in which he was a saloon pianist in a scene in which Monroe strums a guitar and sings a haunting tune, “One Silver Dollar.”)

In January 1954, Monroe married baseball star DiMaggio, but the marriage was a success only in the Hollywood publicity mills. Mr. Schaefer said Monroe confided to him and others that DiMaggio had beaten her.
He did physically abuse her, and that’s what enraged me so much that I was willing to go and confront him, because I truly loved her,” Mr. Schaefer said in a 2001 documentary, “The Many Loves of Marilyn Monroe.”
I was on my way to confront him,” he added, “but she said he would make dog meat out of me, so she stopped me from going.”

On Oct. 27, 1954, nine months after they were married, Monroe and DiMaggio divorced. The next week, on Nov. 5, she and Mr. Schaefer had a rendezvous at the West Hollywood apartment of one of Monroe’s friends. DiMaggio was dining that night with Sinatra when they got word of the liaison. In the documentary, Mr. Schaefer said he and Monroe “were very close to making love” when Monroe had a suspicion of danger. 
We went over to the window, and we saw this group standing across the street,” Mr. Schaefer recalled. “One of them was Joe DiMaggio, and another was Frank Sinatra. They all came en masse and broke this door in, demolished it. It sounded like an explosion.” But the door they smashed in belonged to the neighboring apartment. A 39-year-old secretary was asleep in bed and screamed at the intruders. “We scrambled to get out the back way,” Mr. Schaefer later said, “and we made it, luckily.”
The episode did not become common knowledge until the next year, when a Los Angeles gossip magazine disclosed some of the details of what became known as the “Wrong Door Raid.”

As Mr. Schaefer began to gain renown as a jazz pianist with several well-received albums, the effects of the scandal soon overtook his career. Warned that henchmen associated with DiMaggio and Sinatra were planning to break his hands, Mr. Schaefer fled Hollywood in the late 1950s and moved to New York. He never saw Monroe again.

Harold Herman Schaefer was born July 22, 1925, in Queens. He began to pick out tunes on the piano by ear when he was 4 and studied classical music for several years until he heard a record by jazz pianist Art Tatum, whose rapid-fire brilliance he sought to emulate.
After his Hollywood years, Mr. Schaefer settled in New York and became a record-company executive, responsible for signing and developing performers for the United Artists label. He also wrote and arranged music for Broadway productions, including “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1962).
All the while, he continued to teach singing. One of Mr. Schaefer’s prize pupils in New York was a teenage Barbra Streisand. He also worked with stage stars Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno and Julie Wilson.
Mr. Schaefer spoke privately about his association with Monroe, but he did not go public with his account until after DiMaggio’s death in 1999 in Hollywood, Fla. – 10 miles from Mr. Schaefer’s home.

hal_schaefer_albumAfter battling prostate cancer for years, Mr. Schaefer died Dec. 8 of congestive heart failure, a friend, Laura Parker, confirmed.
Survivors include a brother and a grandson. His first marriage, to Leah Cahan, ended in divorce. Their daughter, Katherine Charap, died in June. In 1974, Mr. Schaefer married Brenda Goodman. She died in 2000.
After her death, Mr. Schaefer had her life dates tattooed on the inside of his left forearm: June 1, 1937-April 7, 2000.
In 2001, Mr. Schaefer dedicated an album, “A Date to Remember,” to the two great loves of his life, Monroe and his late wife, Brenda. The women shared the same birthday.


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20 janvier 2008

15/04/1954 Séance de chant devant la presse

Le 15 avril 1954, une séance de chant est organisée devant la presse dans la loge de Marilyn aux studios de la Fox à Hollywood pour célébrer le retour de Marilyn Monroe à la 20th Century Fox. Marilyn répète avec son professeur (et amant) Hal Schaefer avec qui elle collabora pour ses chansons dans Les Hommes préfèrent les blondes en 1952, La Rivière sans retour en 1954 puis pour La Joyeuse Parade en 1954.
In April 15, 1954, a song session is organized in front of the press in the dressing room of Marilyn at Fox Studios in Hollywood to celebrate the return of Marilyn Monroe at the 20th Century Fox. Marilyn rehearses with her professor (and lover) Hal Schaefer, with whom she collaborated for her songs in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1952, The River of No Return in 1954 and then for There's no business like show business in 1954.

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 15_April_MM_gets_the_National_Movie_Poll_Award_for_the_Best_Actress_of_Year_1953-originalAprès la prestation, Marilyn reçoit un trophée: le "National Movie Poll Award" de "l'actrice préférée de l'année 1953", Canton, dans l'Ohio; des mains de William R. Wilkerson, représentant le "Hollywood reporter".
After the performance, Marilyn receives a trophy: the "National Movie Poll Award" of the 'Favorite Actress of 1953', Canton, Ohio; from the hands of William R. Wilkerson, representing the "Hollywood reporter".

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Lors de cette séance de chant organisée avec la presse, Marilyn annonca qu'elle et son époux Joe DiMaggio souhaitaient fonder une famille "aussi vite que possible". "Je ne le suis pas encore, mais je le veux, être enceinte je veux dire". Elle déclara qu'avec Joe , ils vivaient à San Fransisco et qu'ils loueraient une maison à Hollywood lorsqu'elle sera en tournage.
Certaines photos ont été prises par John Florea.
During this press conference, Marilyn announced that with her husband Joe DiMaggio, they wanted to start a family "as soon as possible." "I am not yet, but I want to be it, I mean pregnant." She said that with Joe, they lived in San Francisco and they would rent a house in Hollywood whenshe will be in shooting movies.
Some photos were taken by John Florea.

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