Dody Goodman REMEMBERED will take place on Oct 27 at 7pm at SAINT PETER'S CHURCH, 619 Lexington Avenue, NYC (entrance on 54th Street).
Miss Goodman's career spanned over 75 years: she began as a teen-aged ballet dancer, and became a popular Broadway, Off-Broadway, cabaret, radio, television, and film performer, remaining active in show business until she was in her 90's. Scheduled to share their memories are: Mitch Douglas, George S. Irving, Richard Skipper, Lee Roy Reams, KT Sullivan (who will sing), Linda Amiel Burns, Terri White, among others. Miss Goodman's never-before-seen film, which was based on her book, "Women, Women, Women!" will be shown. A reception will follow. Due to limited seating, reservations will be necessary. For information, and to be put on the guest list, e-mail richard@RichardSkipper.com or call 845-365-0720 WHEEL CHAIR ACCESIBLE
Dody Goodman was more than an actress. She was a comedienne, a dancer, a producer and a writer! Born in Columbus, Ohio, the red-haired Dody began dance lessons at the tender age of eight, and headed to New York City after graduating High School. She was soon dancing for ballet companies for the reputable Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Opera.
These experiences naturally led to opportunities to dance in Broadway productions, which Dody did. She danced in four hit musicals: High Button Shoes, Call Me Madam, Miss Liberty, and Wonderful Town. She was nominated for an OBIE for AH, WILDERNESS.
Dody Goodman admitted that she was not really sure when the transition from ballerina to comedienne began. Always a backstage clown, one of the first to take notice of Dody s antics was Wonderful Town director, George Abbot, who was so delighted with Dody s performance as Violet, had an extra scene written for her. It was during the touring production of this mucical that Imogene Coca persuaded Dody to put her dancing shoes aside and concentrate on her natural comedic talents. So it began, Dody started with small parts on television variety shows, including the "resident zany" on Jack Parr s Tonight Show Around this time Dody also entered the nightclub circuit and enjoyed some off Broadway Revues such as Julius Monk s Four Below and the Shoestring Revue Of 1957.
Dody Goodman said that she was influenced most by Lucille Ball, Gracie Allen, and Spring Byington but developed her own unique brand of comedic style which has entertained audiences far and wide in all genre s of performing. Broadway shows like, Grease, My Daughter, Your Son, Period Of Adjustment, Rainy Day In Newark, and the revival of The Front Page. National Tours include Nunsense; for two years Dody entertained audiences with her characterization of Sister Amnesia.
Television credits include appearances on the Dinah Show, NBC s Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, Girl Talk, Liars Club, The Stan Kahn Show, and Search For Tomorrow, as well as sit-com shows in which Dody guest starred, including, Punky Brewster, Different Strokes, The Mary Tyler Show and Mary Hartman where Dody performed with the ensemble cast for three full seasons. Motion Picture credits include Grease, Grease II, Cool As Ice, Frozen Assets, Samantha, and SPLASH.