McDowall: Miscellaneous Work
Compiled by Sally Mierop with input from Roddy McDowall


Awards Presenter

19th Annual Academy Awards
March 13, 1947, Shrine Civic Auditorium
The Master of Ceremonies was Jack Benny.

16th Annual Emmy Awards
May 25, 1964, Hollywood Palladium and the Music Hall of the Texas Pavilion at the World's Fair in New York
Host was Joey Bishop.

47th Annual Academy Awards
April 8, 1975, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Ms and Masters of Ceremony were Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, and Frank Sinatra.
Roddy McDowall and Brenda Vaccaro did the presentation for the Foreign Language Film Award.

25th Anniversary International Emmy Awards
November 24, 1997, New York Hilton, New York
The gala was hosted by Peter Ustinov with such presenters as Armande Assante, Soprano Kathleen Battle,
Richard Belzer, Fran Drescher, Jennifer Grey, Marilu Henner, Roddy McDowall, Michael Nouri, Milo O'Shea,
Cliff Robertson, and the Bananas in Pajamas.


Book Reviews

Nazimova: A Biography
Author - Gavin Lambert
1997
Review was not published


Business Ventures

Arthur (Discotheque)
1965-1970, Manhattan, New York
Co-owners were Sybil Burton Christopher, Edward Vilella and Roddy McDowall.
Four franchises were spun-off:  Los Angeles, CA (which RM also invested in with Natalie Wood);
Detroit, MI; Dallas, TX; and San Francisco, CA.


Benefits/Charity Events

Ninth Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition
December 1 & 2, 1997, Virginia Theatre, New York
A fundraising event for BC/EFA (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Chorus members from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows perform routines from the theatre's
biggest hits. Hal Linden and Roddy McDowall from "A Christmas Carol" appeared as
Siamese twin Scrooges, joined at the hip in an hilarious send-up of "Sideshow."

"All-Star Salute" to Elaine Steinbeck
April 4, 1998, Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York
This benefit was a tribute to Elaine Steinbeck's lifelong commitment to the theater and the naming
of the "Elaine Steinbeck Stage."
Some invited celebrity guests performed on stage - Bruce Springsteen, Adolph Green, Betty Comden,
Gary Sinise, Frank Galati, and Roddy McDowall, among others.
RM performed a monologue of Iago's from "Othello."


Comic Books

True Comics
Junior Advisory Editor - Roddy McDowall
1942 - 1950?


Concerts

Puck and the Fairy
Scythia's ship concert
Virginia and Roddy McDowall did a performance from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
September 1940

A Shakespeare Cabaret
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
Roddy McDowall danced/sang with Jean Simmons.
1973

Tubby the Tuba
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
Fourth of July Family Fireworks Picnic Concert
Roddy McDowall narrated this comical tale with musical accompaniment.
Calvin Simmons conducted.
July 4, 1975

Baltimore Symphony
Conductor - David Zinman
Featured Tchaikovsky's "Days of Delight, Days of Despair"
Readings on Tchaikovsky's life by Roddy McDowall.
July 20, 1989

Michigan Opera Theatre
Detroit Opera House
Featured, among other opera figures, Luciano Pavarotti
Emcees Roddy McDowall and Ron Raines.
April 21, 1996

Carnegie Hall Celebrates the Glorious MGM Musicals
Presented as part of the "american Popular Song Celebration" series
Featured were June Allyson, Page Cavanaugh, Cyd Charisse, Betty Comden, Arlene Dahl,
Gloria DeHaven, Betty Garrett, Kathryn Grayson, Adolph Green, Skitch Henderson,
Celeste Holm, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, Ann Miller, Donald O'Connor, Mickey Rooney,
Julie Wilson, Stan Chandler, David Engel, Steven Freeman, and Larry Raben.
Roddy McDowall and Michael Feinstein hosted.
July 15-16, 1997


Cruise Ship Entertainment

Cruise With The Stars
Sponsored by the Theatre Guild of New York
A two-week cruise, aboard the Stellas Solaris of Royal Olympic
Cruises, from Ft. Lauderdale to Brazil and then up the Amazon River.
Featured performances by Patricia Neal, Cliff Robertson,
Zoe Caldwell, Gena Rowlands, Lee Roy Reams, and Roddy McDowall.
Activities included sketches from musical shows, informal talks
by the actors and actresses, parties, theater performances and films.
January 2 - 16, 1997

Queen Elizabeth II Cruise
Roddy McDowall and Mariette Hartley performed "Love Letters."
Southampton, England to New York, NY
June 1, 1998


Festivals

4th Annual Cinemusic Festival
Roddy McDowall hosted an evening celebrating the career of Julie Andrews.
Gstaad, Switzerland
March, 1998


Film Screening Events

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Screening of the newly restored film version.
Angela Lansbury and Roddy McDowall discuss the making of the musical.
A.M.P.A.S. Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, Los Angeles, California
September 27, 1996

Peter and the Wolf
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences salute animator Chuck Jones
Hosted by Roddy McDowall
Discussions with the film's creators including Kirstie Alley, Lloyd Bridges
and Ross Mallinger.
Academy Plaza Theatre, Los Angeles, California
March 27, 1997

Lord Love a Duck
John Springer's Forgotten Films to Remember series
Q & A session with Roddy McDowall
Players Club, New York City, New York
April 13, 1997

Planet of the Apes 30th Anniversary
Screening of the fully restored and THX-certified film version.
Hosted by American Movie Classics and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Roddy McDowall did an introduction.
A.M.P.A.S. Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, Los Angeles, California
August 27, 1998


Interactive Programs

"Disney/Pixar's Active Play, A Bug's Life" CD-ROM ©1998
Activity - You Can Make-Your-Own Puppet Show!
Mr. Soil(Roddy McDowall) interacts with the viewer by reading back the puppet
story they created. He also helps remind the viewer, when making the puppets, what the
puppet does in their story.

"Disney/Pixar's Action Game, A Bug's Life" CD-ROM ©1998
Training Level
Mr. Soil(Roddy McDowall) is the ant who teaches all the other ants on the training level.


Interviews

"Conversations With . . ."  series
Interview - style conversation with Terrence McNally on Bay Street Theatre's stage.
Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York
August 5, 1997

American Movie Classics, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and U.S. Zoos
celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film, "Planet of the Apes."
Roddy McDowall was photographed and interviewed at these promotional visits:
  • Bronx Zoo, New York City, New York, August 31, 1998
  • Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California, September 3, 1998

  • Modeling

    At age 5 Roddy McDowall did advertisements for breakfast cereals, Rice Krispies;
    English laundry soap, Persil; and toothpaste, Colgate.


    Readings

    Great Writers Series V: Movies in Literature
    Roddy McDowall did a reading from Christopher Isherwood's novel, "Prater Violet".
    Met Theater, Hollywood, California
    1994

    Gregory Peck Reading Series
    Reading selection from Christopher Isherwood's novel, "Prater Violet" and joined Genevieve
    Bujold in a scene from George Bernard Shaw's "St. Joan."
    Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
    May 11, 1996


    Tours

    MGM's Woodrow Wilson Tour
    Motion picture publicity tour encompassing 9 cities which included
    San Francisco and Chicago.
    1944 - 1945

    Book-on-Tape Tour
    "Old Doc Methuselah" for Bridge Audio
    Encompassed New York, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, Philadelphia,
    Nashville, and Atlanta.
    May 1992

    National Film Registry Tour
    Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and Turner Classic Movies.
    Roddy McDowall and Dr. James H. Billington introduce classic movie series.
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • September 19 - 22, 1996

    An Afternoon/Evening with Roddy McDowall
    Lecture and Photograph Presentation on/by Roddy McDowall
  • Polk Theater, Lakeland, FL
  • South Florida Community College, Avon Park, FL
  • Maxwell King Center, Melbourne, FL
  • Kings Point Theater, Sun City Center, FL
  • Wilson Center for the Arts, Jacksonville, FL
  • Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL
  • Richard B. Baumgardner Center, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
  • January 16 - 23, 1998


    Tributes

    A Tribute to John Chambers [makeup artist]
    Special guests included Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau, and others.
    Motion Picture Country Home, Woodland Hills, CA
    September 13, 1997


    Video Cassettes

    Going Hollywood: The War Years  aka Going Home
    Roddy McDowall is an interviewee.
    1987

    MGM - Greatest Moments - A Video Sampler
    Hosted by Roddy McDowall
    1987

    CPR Review For Health Care Professionals
    Annotation by Roddy McDowall
    Learning Resource Center Film and Video Collection
    Medical Director - Archer S. Gordon; Executive Producer - David Adams
    1992

    Meet Me in St. Louis
    50th Anniversary Edition which included a "making of" documentary.
    Hosted by Roddy McDowall
    1994

    Obessed With Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
    AMC Original Production included with the restored version of VERTIGO
    Narrated by Roddy McDowall
    1996

    Star Power: The Creation of United Artists
    A ClassicVision Entertainment Inc. production.
    Roddy McDowall narrates this documentary on the history of United Artists.
    Distributed by Unapix/Miramar Entertainment
    Released 1998

    Legendary Ladies of the Silver Screen
    VHS tape collection which includes the films:
  • "The Devil and Miss Jones"
  • "Guest Wife"
  • "Letter from an Unknown Woman"
  • "The Ballad of Tam Lin"
  • "Diary of a Chambermaid"
  • "The Private Affairs of Bel Ami"
  • Roddy McDowall gives introductions and background on each film including his own.
      Republic Pictures 1998


    World War II Contributions

    American Red Cross/National War Fund(Bond) Drive Campaign
    Cross-country tour March-April 1943
    which included the cities: Dallas, Kansas City, Toronto, Canada; Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toledo,
    Salt Lake City, and others.

    Hollywood Canteen
    Founded by Bette Davis & John Garfield
    Roddy McDowall was a busboy in the LA chapter.
    Wednesdays & Saturdays 1943 - 45


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