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Friday, July 17, 2015

Buddy Beaverhausen's Exclusive Q&A with Kathryn Crosby

Kathryn Crosby is a star. I made certain to call her at our appointed time right on the dot. Her voice has not changed a bit; she still has that vivacious lilt she possessed since her youth. Doing this Q&A was quite a lovely experience for me, taking me back to my childhood initially. We talked about her upcoming show, The Melody Lingers On, July 25 in Rockville Centre, NY (further details in the interview and further below). Ladies and gentlemen, Buddy Beaverhausen is proud to present this exclusive Q&A with the fabulous Ms Kathryn Crosby! Many thanks to Richard Skipper for arranging this interview.

BB: You know, I have to start off by telling you that, at age six, I had such a crush on you when my mom took me to see The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. What was it like working on that set?

KC: Oh, that's so sweet, thank you. It was wonderful shooting that film! We shot all over Spain. Madrid, Barcelona, Majorca. So beautiful and the food was delicious. And then, of course, once Ray Harryhausen added the special effects, the final result was magical. We all had such fun working on that film.

BB: Were you close with Kerwin Matthews during and/or after the shoot?

KC: Oh, yes, absolutely! A wonderful human being! We remained good friends right up until his death a few years back.

BB: Where do you call home today? L.A., New York?

KC: San Francisco.

BB: I'm visiting San Francisco at the end of this month, actually.

KC: Wonderful! I hope you have a great time when you get there.

BB: What attracted you to perform in the Irving Berlin tribute, The Melody Lingers On, at The Madison Theater, 1000 Hempstead Ave in Rockville Centre, NY with Sarah Rice and a band of highly accomplished musicians? Will you be doing any singing?

KC: Yes indeed. I'll be singing "White Christmas" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band." I was drawn to this because I always loved the work of Irving Berlin and here was the opportunity to be part of a tribute to one of this country's great songwriters.

BB: You stepped in to replace Lee Merriwether. Are you friends?

KC: Well, no, we don't really know one another. We've met. She's very beautiful, a Miss America, you know.

BB: You were married to Bing Crosby up until his death. What was it like to be married to such a tremendously popular screen idol? And what was Mr. Crosby like personally?

KC: Well, he was really the love of my life. Bing was a perfect example of what you see is what you get. Calm, always very calm. And self-assured. I just adored him. He was a great husband and father to our children. He was devoutly religious; we went to church every Sunday.

BB: You and Bing had two sons and a daughter. He also had children from his previous marriage and one of them, Gary, wrote a commercially and critically unsuccessful autobiography that was quite critical of his father. Did you and/or Bing read this "tell-all"? And if so, what did you think?

KC: Sad. Very sad.

BB: What is your favorite Bing Crosby movie? Favorite song?

KC: "White Christmas" and "White Christmas." We met on the set of the movie and that's how we got married, and also how I got to become good friends with Rosemary Clooney.

BB: What do you feel are the best assets you're bringing to The Melody Lingers On?

KC: Good question. I'd have to say my vocal and acting skills.

BB: Ms Crosby, truly a privilege and pleasure to speak with you. Any last words you'd like to share with our readers around the world?

KC: Yes! Come see us in The Melody Lingers On at The Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Avenue in Rockville Centre, NY, Saturday July 25 at 8 pm. And it's just one show only. See you there!

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