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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 7 May 1931Toledo, Ohio, USA
Date of Death 17 October 2007New Rochelle, New York, USA  (progressive supranuclear palsy)
Birth NameTheresa Veronica Breuer
Nickname Tessie
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Teresa Brewer made her debut on "The Major Bowes Amateur Hour" radio program in 1936 and toured with the show until 1943. She made her first recording in 1949 and her first big record was "Music! Music! Music!" It debuted on 4 February 1950 and was Number 1 on the Top 10 charts for four weeks.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

Singer, songwriter ("Down the Holiday Trail"), and author. Educated at Waite High School and later a singer in theaters and night clubs and on radio and television. She made many records and joined ASCAP in 1956. Her other song compositions include "I Love Mickey", "Imp", "There's Nothing as Lonesome as Saturday Night", and "Hush-a-bye, Wink-a-bye Do".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Bob Thiele (1972 - 30 January 1996) (his death)
Bill Monahan (1949 - 1972) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (11)

Four daughters: Kathleen (born in 1950), Susan and Megan Colleen (born in November 1954), and Michelle (born in 1958).
She recorded Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World", which was written by her second husband Bob Thiele. Thiele also produced a few of her earlier hits.
She dyed her brown hair and made her film debut as one of Those Redheads from Seattle (1953) starring Rhonda Fleming, but turned down a long-term contract offer by Paramount in order to maintain her singing career and remain with her family, both established on the East Coast. Paramount was ready to promote her as a "starlet", a term which irritated her. Later in an interview with the Teresa Brewer Center she said "I could kick myself" for not doing more movies.
Made around 300 records by the mid-1960s.
Dropped out of high school a couple months before graduating and moved to New York for singing engagements, altering her given name to "Teresa Brewer". Because she had skipped a grade she would have graduated early in 1947 at age 17. But because she had won a contest and was swept into singing engagements in New York earlier that year, she did not return to finish the school year. She even turned down an offer of an honorary diploma, disliking school that much.
Made her official professional debut at age 2 singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on a children's Toledo radio show. At age 5 she won a singing competition which earned her several appearances on the "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" radio talent program. She spent the next seven years touring with a Bowes'-formed troupe, then "retired" at age 12 to return to school.
Born Theresa Veronica Breuer, the eldest of five children of a glass inspector for the Libby Owens Co. in Toledo, Ohio.
She moved away from performing in the 1960s as rock 'n' roll took over the pop scene and instead concentrated on raising a family of four. She returned to singing in a jazz-swing mode a decade later after marrying her second husband, jazz producer Bob Thiele, and worked with such icons as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.
Ed Sullivan first introduced the petite singer on his variety show as "the little girl with the big voice." She was a frequent Sullivan guest.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1708 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Her early hair color was dark brown. After the movie Those Redheads From Seattle in 1953 she decided to retain dyed red hair for many years. In the 1970s she started to wear it blond. She was never a natural redhead.

Personal Quotes (1)

I could kick myself.

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