Monday, May 29, 2006




Some screen captures from Swing Parade (1946), courtesy of Evan Finch. Unusually, Connee is standing in one of these. From what I understand, she could stand and even walk short distances if necessary, in spite of her injury.

7 Comments:

Blogger cyn said...

I'll have to check to see what she was using during the time this movie was shot, but Connie had a brace and some special chairs that allowed her to appear to be standing. During the 40s she did several interviews discussing her disability. She details how she worked to help her audiences feel more comfortable by disguising her paralysis. Gutsy, smart and driven to perform, Connie did what she had to do to keep her audience happy. It is a shame that the audiences of the 1940s were not sophisticated enough to accept Conne just as she was. Not that there are (m)any performers currently making it big from a wheelchair even today.

8:54 AM  
Blogger finchard said...

I'd love to hear/read one of those interviews.

I suppose that radio's position as the dominant mass medium in the 1930s and 1940s worked to Connie's advantage (not to mention FDR's).

5:27 PM  
Blogger cyn said...

Some of these articles, or excerpts thereof, will be published on bozzies.com which is set to debut near the end of the month.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Cynthia, meet Evan.

6:31 PM  
Blogger cyn said...

By the way, I just learned that the wheelchair Connee used so she could appear to be standing was lost in a recent fire.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Holley Pfister said...

Connee is not standing in the photos, but is seated on her high stool with wheels which was built to be hidden under voluminous gowns and make it appear she was standing. Sometimes, her sisters would hook arms with her and pull her onstage as she wiggled her little feet to make it appear she was walking.

Cyn, Bozzies.com is really coming together! Congrats!!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Holley Pfister said...

Connee is not standing in the photos, but is seated on her high stool with wheels which was built to be hidden under voluminous gowns and make it appear she was standing. Sometimes, her sisters would hook arms with her and pull her onstage as she wiggled her little feet to make it appear she was walking.

Cyn, Bozzies.com is really coming together! Congrats!!

12:42 PM  

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