American Cancer Society Benefit

Paramount Theatre

Palm Beach, Florida

March 17, 1963

Interior of Paramount Theatre

“An Evening With Bob Hope and His Friends” took place at the historic Paramount Theatre. Donating their time to the benefit were stars like Gordon and Sheila MacRae, Jule Styne, Sergio Franchi and Barbra Streisand. Called “the highlight of the season,” the fundraiser (with music provided by Marshall Grant, conducting a 16-piece orchestra) was performed for a capacity audience of 1,200 people as a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

Streisand on Paramount stage

In the photo above, Streisand is far left. Next to her is Jule Styne. Bob Hope is center, near the microphone. And Sergio Franchi, who appeared with Barbra on a double bill at the Eden Roc, is far right, next to three female models.

The theater is still open (as of 2010) and displaying a photographic exhibit of the long and colorful history of the Paramount Theatre, including photos of the famous people who have appeared or attended events there, as well as movies which were shown there over the years.

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