George Sanders, so very talented…

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 One evening George was  at a party and was entertaining the guests by playing the piano and singing causing Noel Coward to say of George “He has more talents than any of us but he doesn’t do anything with them.”  That is true. George  made a career of only one of his talents–his natural ability to act.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction to the re-issue of George’s book “Memoirs of a Professional Cad” provided by Tony Thomas .  “Among those talents was his ability with languages [George spoke five fluently], a genius for mathematics–he often whiled away the boring hours on film sets by doing complicated calculus–gifts as an inventor,especially with anything involving electricity, and the ability to play the piano, the guitar, and the saxophone [he also played the accordian] in addition to having a rich, bass-baritone singing voice.  Years previously the director of the San Francisco Opera Company heard him sing at a Hollywood party and instantly offered him the role of Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca.”

Thomas goes on to mention that George sang in the 1953 movie Call Me Madam. Thomas says this was the first time George was allowed to sing in a movie. However, this is not strictly accurate. George played the guitar and sang in the 1940 movie “Green Hell” In the 1945 movie The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry he sang and played the piano. He also sang and played the piano in a scene in the 1947 movie The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. Very early in George’s career in the movie Love, Life and Laughter, a 1934 British film in which he was uncredited, he  appeared in one of the last scenes in a bar singing with a group of other people and you could clearly recognize his singing voice.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 15:20:28

    These posts are so well written! And what a smooth and amazing voice he had.


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