“Whenever asked whether he received any residuals from telecasts of the 1939 classic, Bolger would reply: ‘No, just immortality. I’ll settle for that.'” – Wikipedia.
While watching the 1961 version of Babes in Toyland with my wife last night, I briefly looked up Ray Bolger (who stars in Babes as the VERY over-the-top villain) on Wikipedia. I discovered a couple new things: how his face was permanently lined by the Scarecrow makeup and the heartbreaking cartoon drawn in memory of him a couple days after his death (go to Wikipedia for the details on that). But the very best thing I stubbled upon was these Google photos of Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, and Jack Haley as the cutest people in their late-60s and early-70s that have probably ever lived. Enjoy.
And, finally, there’s this photo. I’m posting this one not because it’s cute but so I can give Bolger mad props for doing this move at age 75.
He was surely talented, but, more importantly, Bolger seems like such a nice man, who had a lot of fun in life. Need to see if there are any good biographies about him. If you know of any or would like to share a picture of Bolger that you particularly like, please comment below. Tomorrow, when I have more time, I will also relate a brief Bolger story a friend of mine told me a few years ago. It involves my friend’s grandmother having a chance meeting with Bolger in, I think, the 80s.