Top Photo: Bob
Hope with Kaye Master and George Dewitt.
These photos were shot at the Lucerne Hotel on Miami Beach Where
Diosa Costello had her Latin review, "Havana Mardi
Gras." I was the Hotel's publicity photographer, and
dating one of the dancers in the show, Kaye Master. When I
saw Bob hope in the audience I went backstage and told Kaye to
come out front as soon as the show was over. George Dewitt was
there also, So I grabbed him and we asked Bob to pose with them.
He joked all of the while I was shooting. Kaye told me he made
her a nice offer.
Betty Reilly, Martha Raye and Milos
Valarde at the Lucerne Hotel Latin Review, "Havana Mardi
Gras." Martha, came to
the show one night when Betty Reilly was
filling in for Diosa Costello, who was on a two week Vacation.
I knew Martha
through Frank Linale, who was her band leader when she had the
Five-O' Clock Club on Miami Beach. When I knew Frank, he was
bandleader and manager of the Vagabonds, who had a club on
Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. I remember one night, around 3:00
A.M., we (Frank, Bunnie, Martha, Nick Condos, who was
Martha's ex-husband and myself)
were at a club on Miami Beach, Martha got up on the stage
with Belle Barth, a really raunchy comedienne. That was
some "bit" those two did, the likes of which happens
once in a lifetime.
have other photos of her somewhere. One is with Johnny
Ray. I'll keep looking.