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Help Me Dream

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/9780199754298.003.0012
Help Me Dream

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Following the completion of his work on Darling Lili for Blake Edwards, Hermes Pan decided to retire. He began taking yearly trips to Rome and Teheran as the guest of the Shah of Iran, spending much time in the company of Princess Shams Pahlavi, the Shah’s sister. Coming out of retirement briefly, Hermes choreographed a soup commercial for Ann Miller and Stan Freberg, staged the dances in Lost Horizon for Ross Hunter at Columbia Pictures, and returned to Rome to stage the dances in Aiutami a sognare (Help Me Dream) for Pupi Avati. Pan spends his final years enjoying the adulation of peers culminating in the Joffrey Ballet salute on 18 March 1986 where he was presented the award by Fred Astaire. Hermes Pan died on 19 September and was buried in the mausoleum of Holy Cross Cemetery.

Keywords: Teheran; Shah of Iran; Ross Hunter; Pupi Avati; Joffrey Ballet; Holy Cross Cemetery; Darling Lili; Lost Horizon; Aiutami a sognare

Chapter.  8434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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