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Patty Andrews

Biography

As the business lead singer from the harmony trio Andrews Sisters, she recorded strikes such as for example “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “I Still left My Heart In SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA.” She was twelve years of age when she earned the neighborhood Orpheum Theatre skill competition. She and her sisters sang “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and placed on displays for Allied military during WWII. She wedded Martin Melcher on Oct 19, 1947; after their divorce on March 30, 1950, she wedded Melvin Walter Weschler on Dec 25, 1951. Her sister was the well-known musician and person in Andrews Sisters, Laverne Andrews.

Quick Facts


Full Name Patty Andrews
Date Of Birth February 16, 1918
Died January 30, 2013, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Mound, MN
Profession Pop Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Melvin Walter Weschler, Martin Melcher
Parents Olga "Ollie" Andrews, Peter Andreas
Siblings Maxene Andrews, LaVerne Andrews
Music Groups The Andrews Sisters
Movies The Gong Show Movie
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Living in Northridge, CA.
2In 1973, Patty and Maxene enjoyed a resurgence of popularity following Bette Midler's nostalgic hit version of the girls' signature song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." As a result, the two starred together on Broadway a year later (March 1974) in the WWII musical "Over Here" which ran for 10 months, was the hit of the season, and only closed due to a salary dispute between the sisters and the producers. Maxene and Patty wound up having their own huge, unresolved, two-decade falling out. In fact, they saw each other only twice following the show's run in 1975 and Maxene's death in 1995. The first time was in 1987 when they received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the second was in 1992 when Maxene suffered her first heart attack and Patty went to her side. Patty seemed to feel that Maxene's life-long jealousy of her was the primary reason for their disconnect.
3All three sisters were junior high dropouts who went out on the road (vaudeville, town halls) after their father's business foundered.
4Began singing with her sisters in 1932 at the age of 14. Six years later the trio had their first major hit with the Decca Record "Bei Meir Bist du Schoen" (American translation: "To Me, You're Grand"). The flip side song "Nice Work If You Can Get It" went nowhere.
5An American institution during WWII, the Andrews Sisters became synonymous with the war effort. When the war ended in 1945, it was the sisters who announced it to 5,000 GI's during a USO tour in Italy just prior to the men heading off for duty in the Pacific. Patty, via a note given her by the troop's commanding officer, read the emotional announcement.
6The sisters racked up 19 gold records, scores of top 10 singles and record sales that tallied close to 100 million.
7The sisters got into an ugly dispute over money with the producers of their Broadway show and with each other, leading to the show's closing in 1975. Also canceled was a national tour, so the Broadway stage appearance proved to be the last time the sisters sang together. They each pursued solo careers, and over the next 20 years. they never reconciled and remained estranged, even up to the point of Maxene Andrews's death in 1995.
8Friend of Alan Eichler.
9Although Patty and her sisters had children, all were adopted. Maxene Andrews adopted two: a daughter Aleta Ann and a son Peter.
10The Andrews Sisters trio of Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews and Patty are listed in order of first, second and third born. The order of their births is also the order of their deaths and the length of their life times. Laverne died of cancer at age 55 in 1967; Maxene of a heart attack at age 79 in 1995; Patty from natural causes at age 94 in 2013.
11The Andrews Sisters trio were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
12Patty's first husband, agent Martin Melcher, left her after meeting singer Doris Day. He went on to marry Day the next year and subsequently ruined her financially by the time he died in 1968. Her second husband was her group's pianist, Wally Weschler. It was a happy marriage and lasted more than 58 years.
13Both parents, Greek father (Peter) and Norwegian mother (Olga), were immigrants.
14Youngest sister of Laverne Andrews and Maxene Andrews.
15Youngest and lead blonde member of The Andrews Sisters WWII singing trio.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Gong Show Movie1980Patty Andrews - Singer
The Phynx1970Patty Andrews
Die Andrew-Sisters in Berlin1961TV MovieSinger (as The Andrews Sisters)
Little Toot1948ShortPatty Andrews (voice)
Melody Time1948Patty Andrews (voice, uncredited)
Road to Rio1947Patty (uncredited)
Her Lucky Night1945Patty
Hollywood Canteen1944Patty Andrews (uncredited)
Moonlight and Cactus1944Patty
Follow the Boys1944Patty
Swingtime Johnny1943Patty Andrews
Always a Bridesmaid1943Patty (uncredited)
How's About It1943Patty Andrews (uncredited)
Give Out, Sisters1942Patty
Private Buckaroo1942Patty Andrews
What's Cookin'?1942Patty Andrews
Hold That Ghost1941Patty Andrews (uncredited)
In the Navy1941Patty Andrews (uncredited)
Buck Privates1941Patty Andrews
Argentine Nights1940Patty

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV Special performer: "Over Here/Charlie's Place"
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moonlight and Cactus1944performer: "C'Mere Baby"
Hold That Ghost1941performer: "Sleepy Serenade" 1941, "Aurora" - uncredited
In the Navy1941"Starlight, Starbright" 1941, "We're in the Navy" 1941 / performer: "We're Off to See the World" 1941, "Gimme Some Skin, My Friend" 1941, "Hula-Ba-Luau" 1941

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Merv Griffin Show1986TV SeriesHerself
Andy Williams Presents1974TV MovieHerself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Performer
New York, New York1974TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Bowling1972TV SeriesHerself
Here's Lucy1969TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHerself / Themselves
The Dean Martin Show1965-1967TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer
The Joey Bishop Show1964TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1951-1959TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959TV SeriesHerself
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself - One of the Andrews Sisters
Frankie Laine Time1955TV SeriesHerself
The Jimmy Durante Show1955TV SeriesHerself
The Red Skelton Hour1954TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade1954Documentary shortHerself
The Jackie Gleason Show1952TV SeriesHerself - Guest Vocalist
The Jack Benny Program1949TV MovieHerself - The Andrews Sisters (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 11941ShortHerself
Meet the Stars #4: Variety Reel #21941Documentary shortHerself - One of the Andrews Sisters (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge2008Video documentaryHerself
Songs That Won the War1994TV Movie documentaryHerself (sings)
Entertaining the Troops1988DocumentaryHerself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryPatty
Music Land1955Singer (uncredited)

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#Quote
1There were just three girls in the family. LaVerne had a very low voice. Maxene's was kind of high, and I was in-between. It was like God had given us voices to fit our parts.
2When our fans used to see one of us, they'd always ask, 'Where are your sisters?' Every time we got an award, it was just one award for the three of us. We're not glued together.
3I'm not going to do anything or say anything to destroy that image that the people love. I hear that from the people that they love the Andrews Sisters and it's a joy to them. Who am I to take that away? PA -- on the issue of her longstanding feud with singing sister Maxene Andrews

#Trademark
1Was always in the center when performing and appearing with her sisters, Laverne Andrews and Maxene Andrews.
2Blonde hair

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