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Seventy-Five Watusi Witch Doctors

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754298
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0011
Seventy-Five Watusi Witch Doctors

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Hermes Pan was hired by Twentieth Century-Fox to stage Cleopatra’s monumental procession into Rome for the film Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. Finishing business at Choreo Enterprises, Inc., a record company Pan established with Fred Astaire, Hermes moved to Rome where he lived and worked for nearly a year. Returning to Hollywood he was hired to choreograph the film version of My Fair Lady directed by George Cukor and starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. He returned to television to stage “Think Pretty” and The Hollywood Palace for Fred Astaire before heading off the Las Vegas with his assistant Jerry Jackson to choreograph the centennial edition of the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel. At Astaire’s request, Francis Ford Coppola hired Pan to stage the dances for Finian’s Rainbow at Warner Brothers but fired him before the picture was finished.

Keywords: George Cukor; Audrey Hepburn; Tropicana Hotel; Warner Brothers; Francis Ford Coppola; Cleopatra; My Fair Lady; The Hollywood Palace; Folies Bergere; Finian’s Rainbow

Chapter.  8315 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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