Bettina Hall

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b. c.1900, USA, d. USA. A trained soprano, who sang with the American Opera Company, Hall appeared on Broadway in three Gilbert And Sullivan operettas in the 1927/8 season. She was then in The Little…
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b. c.1900, USA, d. USA. A trained soprano, who sang with the American Opera Company, Hall appeared on Broadway in three Gilbert And Sullivan operettas in the 1927/8 season. She was then in The Little Show (1929), 321 performances, with songs by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. Also in the cast were Fred Allen and Clifton Webb. Next came Three Little Girls (1930), songs by Walter Kollo and Harry B. Smith. Hall appears to have alternated with Margaret Adams in this show, which also featured Natalie Hall. Later in 1930, she was with George Grossmith Jnr. and Walter Slezak in Meet My Sister, music and lyrics by Ralph Benatsky. Hall was next in the 395-performance Broadway run of Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach’s The Cat And The Fiddle (1931) in which she sang ‘Try To Forget’ with Eddie Foy Jnr. and Doris Carson, ‘One Moment Alone’ with George Metaxa, and introduced ‘She Didn’t Say “Yes”’. For The Only Girl (1934), which ran for less than two weeks, the book was adapted by Henry Blossom Jnr. from Frank Mandel and Helen Craft’s Our Wives, which had in turn been based upon Ludwig Fulda’s Jugendfreude. Music for the show was by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Blossom. Among Hall’s songs were ‘When You’re Away’, ‘The Compact’ and ‘You’re The Only One For Me’; the latter two being duets with Robert Halliday.

Hall followed this with another hit, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (1934), in which she sang ‘All Through The Night’ with William Gaxton, and ‘The Gypsy In Me’. In 1939 she was in Susanna, Don’t You Cry, with the songs of Stephen Foster, arranged by Hans Spialek. The show’s five performances were at the Martin Beck Theatre and Hall’s songs included ‘Why Have My Loved Ones Gone?’, ‘Where Shall I Turn?’, ‘Turn Not Away’, a duet with Michael Bartlett, and a duet with Robert Clarke, ‘Dear Friends And Gentle Hearts’, the latter an interpolated song with music and lyrics by Clarence Loomis. On 16 September 1940, Hall married Raymond Rubicam (b. 16 June 1892, New York City, New York, USA, d. 8 May 1978, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA), and thereafter retired from the stage. Rubicam was co-founder in 1923 of Young & Rubicam, which became a leading advertising agency.