George Chakiris Homecoming
Visit to The
Rosemary Clooney House
December 16 & Saturday, December 17
friend and White Christmas co-star,
George Chakiris, is returning home
to Norwood, OH, for the first time in over
70 years, and will be spending time at The
Rosemary Clooney House to meet fans and
help dedicate the latest addition to our
White Christmas collection. George
absolutely adored Rosemary, and she him.
The events planned for his visit are sure
to be full of wonderful memories of their
time filming this holiday classic.
be joined by his good friend, Lee
who was a friend and fellow dancer with
another White Christmas co-star and
Norwood native, Vera Ellen.
December 16, at 1:30 p.m.
Norwood, OH [for
historical information on George's family's
connection to Norwood, click here]
Friday, December 16, at 1:30 p.m. George
will officially be welcomed home at the
Norwood Middle School Auditorium. Principal
Kathy Sabo will introduce Norwood Mayor,
Thomas F. Williams, to present George with
a proclamation declaring December 16, 2011,
George Chakiris Day in Norwood, OH.
the presentation, Lee Meriwether, former
Miss America and star of Barnaby Jones,
The Today Show, "Catwoman"
in the original Batman, and numerous
other television, film and stage productions
will serve as M.C. for a short program featuring
clips from George’s career, and lead him
in a Q & A with the audience.
will be sharing with students, choir members,
and dance and art club members the importance
of being involved in the arts and honing
your talents. It was George’s involvement
in a Hollywood area choir that exposed him
to his first film set and led the way to
his award-winning career. Clips from West
Side Story, White Christmas, Diamondhead,
Flight From Ashiya, A Salute to Cole Porter,
Kismet, and the 1961 Oscars will be
presented. They showcase George’s phenomenal
talent as a singer, dancer and actor.
the conclusion of the program, George will
venture across the street to meet with Jerry
Hof, owner of 1925 Sherman Avenue, the building
that George called home for the first few
years of his life.
the two days of activities will be Tyler Meyer
and his crew from Norwood Community Television,
which is planning to release a documentary
on George in 2012.
December 17, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Rosemary Clooney House, Augusta, KY
Chakiris and Lee Meriwether will be at The
Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, KY for
the dedication of a chorus girl’s dancer
costume from the “Mandy” sequence in White
Christmas. George was one of the dancers
in this elaborate routine. Joining George
and Lee for the dedication will be members
of Rosemary’s family, including her husband
Dante DiPaolo who is expected to attend.
was George’s appearance with Rosemary in
the “Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me” number
which led to his contract with Paramount
studios. Fans clamored to know the name
of the gorgeous dancer who appeared with
Rosemary in this memorable scene, and flooded
Paramount with fan mail for the “Dancer
Over Rosemary’s Shoulder.” Studio execs
soon noticed George’s popularity, and quickly
signed him to a contract.
the dedication, George and Lee will be available
to sign autographs and greet visitors to
visit will give George and Lee an opportunity
to see the largest collection of White Christmas
memorabilia in the world, including the
rhinestone gloves Rosemary wore in her scene
at the Carousel Club with George.
6:30 p.m. George and Lee will be joined
by members of Rosemary‘s family for a special
White Christmas Dinner Program, which
will take place at the former location of
The Beehive, and be catered by Maysville’s
Caproni’s Restaurant. Reservations for the
dinner, which will serve as a charitable
fundraiser for The Rosemary Clooney House,
can be made by calling 502-384-5346. Seating