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Entertainers

Bobby Rydell

Bobby Rydell was born Robert Louis Ridarelli on April 26, 1942, to an Italian family, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Jennie (Sapienza) and Adrio “Al” Ridarelli. Bobby’s abilities were fostered by his father, Adrio Ridarelli, who took time to introduce his son to some of the best music ever made. Father and son would frequent Philadelphia’s big band hot spots to take in the lively postwar sounds of legendary acts. The songs, performances, arrangements, and characters of the scene were nourishing to the soul, but not the passion. It… Continue Reading…

Entertainers

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, She is the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. As a teenager, Minnelli gave up on school and went to New York City to pursue a stage career. She landed a role in the off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward in 1963, which brought her strong reviews. Around this time, Minnelli also appeared on her mother’s short-lived television series, The Judy Garland Show. Minnelli also performed with her mother during Garland’s stint… Continue Reading…

Entertainers

Bobby Darin

Born “Walden Robert Cassotto” on May 14, 1936 Legendary Italian American entertainer Bobby Darin had a wide range of talent. Darin rose from poor beginnings in Harlem and the south Bronx. He also fought rheumatic fever as a child, which damaged his heart and plagued him throughout his life. As a result of these obstacles, he worked extremely hard to overcome them. Knowing his life would not be a long one, his ambition to succeed was fueled by an overwhelming desire to make it big in show business . Bobby… Continue Reading…

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