We didn't have any cleavage problems on the Gleason Show since Trixie and Alice never got
out of bargain basement house dresses and the June Taylor Dancers had to jump and twist
and whirl and kick. Dancers exercise very hard and they certainly want to be sure
that all important body parts stay within their clothing.
However, our guest stars could and did have minds of their own.
Hollywood actress Teri Moore appeared with Robert Wagner on one of our
earlier shows to publicize their new movie, "Beneath The Twelve Mile Reef."
I was asked if I would let her share my dressing room. Terri and her mother
arrived. She was obviously a dedicated stage mother because she was loaded down with
camera equipment, looking like a Japanese tourist.
Terri wore a lovely cocktail dress, but when I saw the neckline I knew
trouble was ahead. The low-cut neckline went way too far south for CBS. I
suggested meekly that wardrobe would undoubtedly want to place a large flower in the
center of the neckline.
If Terri was upset about how silly she would look, her mother was completely
undone. Seems she wanted Terri in her full natural bloom, not with any blooming
flower. What to do? We yanked the dress up over her lovely attributes and with
the addition of a scarf, the problem was solved. Sorry, guys,
blame that stuffy censor. He hated surprises.
Abbe Lane (then Mrs. Xavier Cugat) was famed for her warm delivery and
stunning stature, but when she was on our show, she'd also gone skimpy on fabric in the
cleavage area. Abbe had a gorgeous figure but the censor decreed and the wardrobe
mistress applied a swath of material to disguise salient views of much more of Abbe.
Not trusting herself to speak, Abbe minded a temper unrenowned for serenity.
Came her entrance cue, and she made a grandiose lunge on stage to yells and
applause. Her fingers found the offending bit of material shielding the public from
the real Abbe and it negligently floated over her shoulder and away.
Censors are energetic and righteous people but they just couldn't work a room
like Abbe Lane.