Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Twelve Days of “White Christmas”... Number 5. Five Illustrated Clooneys

A flood wall painting in Maysville, Ky., features five images of Rosemary Clooney, including (lower right) the leads of her most famous picture, White Christmas, and (black-and-white on right) a reproduction of a newspaper photo taken during a parade in her honor, celebrating the premiere of her first movie.  (Photos by Sheryl Hamlin)

You can pay your respects to the cast of White Christmas by visiting Maysville, Ky.—the birthplace of leading lady Rosemary Clooney.

Clooney, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen are pictured in their White Christmas GI costumes in a mural on a massive flood wall along the Ohio River. The artwork actually depicts five different scenes of Clooney, and is one of many beautiful murals adorning the flood walls of Maysville.

After making her singing debut at age 3 at the local Russell Theatre in Maysville, Rosemary Clooney made sure her first movie, The Stars Are Singing (1953), premiered at her hometown cinema. The Russell Theatre is currently under restoration.

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