A Shakespeare Cabaret – August 19, 1973

The party with Roddy, Alice, Jean, and Jean

Here is one of the greatest photos ever taken:


Jean Stapleton, Jean Simmons, Roddy McDowall, and Alice Cooper

The event was A Shakespeare Cabaret, a fundraiser held at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 19, 1973, to benefit the Los Angeles Free Shakespeare Festival. It was a star-studded event, and performers included Alice Cooper, Roddy McDowall, Jean Simmons, Jean Stapleton, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, and more.

As seen in the photo above, Roddy McDowall attended the event in full Planet of the Apes makeup.

The photo above has floated around the 'net for several years as a very low-resolution scan of a photocopy, usually mislabeled as being from a Studio 54 party. After extensive research online over the past few years, I've uncovered newspaper ads, articles, and a review of the event, along with a couple of other photos. In all of that time, I had only found three photos.

In May 2020, a friend of mine discovered the magazine page below featuring "Alice's Friends" at the event, which provided a major upgrade of that image.

Then on June 25, 2020, I happened upon ten eBay auctions selling prints of Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons together at the event. The images can be seen below. Unfortunately, the seller was asking $14 per photo, and I wasn't about to pay that. So I grabbed the images from the auction, even though they've been watermarked.

Also included below are newspaper clippings related to the event, should you wish to learn all of the details.

The photos

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Jean Stapleton and Alice Cooper
(and Jack Klugman in the back)
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Jean Stapleton and Roddy McDowall
(the only image I could find)
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Alice's Friends
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons


Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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Roddy McDowall and Jean Simmons
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The newspaper clippings


Advertisement for the cabaret
The Los Angeles Times, July 29, 1973
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An article about the Festival and the cabaret
The Los Angeles Times, August 8, 1973
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A poster for the cabaret
Note the incorrect date!
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A preview of the cabaret
Progress Bulletin, August 18, 1973
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Review of the cabaret (part one)
The Los Angeles Times, August 21, 1973
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Review of the cabaret (part two)
The Los Angeles Times, August 21, 1973
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Last updated 2020-06-28 11:44.