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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
1 Living in Northridge, CA.
2 In 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.
3 All three sisters were junior high dropouts who went out on the road (vaudeville, town halls) after their father's business foundered.
4 Began 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.
5 An 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.
6 The sisters racked up 19 gold records, scores of top 10 singles and record sales that tallied close to 100 million.
7 The 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.
8 Friend of Alan Eichler.
9 Although Patty and her sisters had children, all were adopted. Maxene Andrews adopted two: a daughter Aleta Ann and a son Peter.
10 The 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.
11 The Andrews Sisters trio were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
12 Patty'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.
13 Both parents, Greek father (Peter) and Norwegian mother (Olga), were immigrants.
14 Youngest sister of Laverne Andrews and Maxene Andrews.
15 Youngest and lead blonde member of The Andrews Sisters WWII singing trio.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Gong Show Movie 1980 Patty Andrews - Singer
The Phynx 1970 Patty Andrews
Die Andrew-Sisters in Berlin 1961 TV Movie Singer (as The Andrews Sisters)
Little Toot 1948 Short Patty Andrews (voice)
Melody Time 1948 Patty Andrews (voice, uncredited)
Road to Rio 1947 Patty (uncredited)
Her Lucky Night 1945 Patty
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Patty Andrews (uncredited)
Moonlight and Cactus 1944 Patty
Follow the Boys 1944 Patty
Swingtime Johnny 1943 Patty Andrews
Always a Bridesmaid 1943 Patty (uncredited)
How's About It 1943 Patty Andrews (uncredited)
Give Out, Sisters 1942 Patty
Private Buckaroo 1942 Patty Andrews
What's Cookin'? 1942 Patty Andrews
Hold That Ghost 1941 Patty Andrews (uncredited)
In the Navy 1941 Patty Andrews (uncredited)
Buck Privates 1941 Patty Andrews
Argentine Nights 1940 Patty

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special performer: "Over Here/Charlie's Place"
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moonlight and Cactus 1944 performer: "C'Mere Baby"
Hold That Ghost 1941 performer: "Sleepy Serenade" 1941, "Aurora" - uncredited
In the Navy 1941 "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 Show 1986 TV Series Herself
Andy Williams Presents 1974 TV Movie Herself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Performer
New York, New York 1974 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Bowling 1972 TV Series Herself
Here's Lucy 1969 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Herself / Themselves
The Dean Martin Show 1965-1967 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer
The Joey Bishop Show 1964 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1951-1959 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957 TV Series Herself - One of the Andrews Sisters
Frankie Laine Time 1955 TV Series Herself
The Jimmy Durante Show 1955 TV Series Herself
The Red Skelton Hour 1954 TV Series Herself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade 1954 Documentary short Herself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1952 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
The Jack Benny Program 1949 TV Movie Herself - The Andrews Sisters (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 1 1941 Short Herself
Meet the Stars #4: Variety Reel #2 1941 Documentary short Herself - One of the Andrews Sisters (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam
Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge 2008 Video documentary Herself
Songs That Won the War 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself (sings)
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Herself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Patty
Music Land 1955 Singer (uncredited)

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#Quote
1 There 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.
2 When 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.
3 I'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
1 Was always in the center when performing and appearing with her sisters, Laverne Andrews and Maxene Andrews.
2 Blonde hair

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