Betty Ann Ablon

 

The Betty Ann (Bebe) Ablon Collection

Betty Ann “Bebe” Ablon was born in 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts. She married Samuel J. Ablon in 1969.  She has been an active member of Congregation Temple Emanuel and a passionate supporter of the Jewish community.

 

 

Scope of Collection

This collection consists of memorabilia from the theatrical and acting pastime of Betty Ann Ablon’s father, Epi Epstein.  It includes programs, photographs, promotional pieces, news clippings, and scripts from several theatrical productions that Epi Epstein was a part of during the early 1960’s.

Newspaper clippings, one of specific article and one of full page that includes the article, from April 10, 1961 Dallas Times Herald.  Article by Dick Hitt entitled “With a Word To the Weiss” about the musical production “Flo Weiss and the Seven Wharves”.
Mailers (2) for the musical comedy “Gigi” presented by B’nai B’rith Dallas Lodge # 197. “An Amazing Version of the Popular Picture Gigi” starring Eli Epstein as Bill Filler. Presented at Hillcrest High School Auditorium on April 4-5, 1964.
Musical comedy promo pieces (7.5 x 5.5), 1 original and 2 copies. Heading reads: “You’ll meet all your favorite characters in the Annual B’nai B’rith Musical Comedy ‘Flo Weiss and the Seven Wharves’.” With 4 photos, 1 of Eli Epstein dressed as Flo Weiss.
Partial script from B’nai B’rith’s musical comedy “Flo Weiss and the Seven Wharves” featuring Eli Epstein as Flo Weiss.  Production was presented on 4/23/1961.
One script (on mimeograph paper) from unidentified theatrical production featuring Eli Epstein.  Includes cast names of Teddy, Izzi, Mimi, Bill, and Ziona.  Set at “Bill’s Delicatessen” and other locales.  Undated, but appears to be from early 1960’s
One script from “Chusan – Kaleh – Mateltv” presented by Shearith Israel Brotherhood. Includes scenes II – IV. Includes handwritten notes on front page: “Shlaime or Shadchun”, “Eli, call me when you read this. Thanks, Bill”, and “Nov 20”. 1961.
One musical script with renditions of several songs including: Swanne River, Camptown Races, Harvest Moon, and Beautiful Dreamer.  Includes hand written notes by Eli Epstein throughout 18-page document. Undated, but appears to be from early 1960’s.
One script (on mimeograph paper) from unidentified theatrical production featuring Eli Epstein. Includes cast names of Bea, Bugsy, Chanabella, & Elvis.  Words to several musical numbers are included. Undated, but appears to be from early 1960’s.
Musical score entitled: “Song of the Rabbi and Chassidic – Danse”.  Handwritten notes on back:  “Prokovieff (incorrect – spelling, should be “Sergei Prokofiev”) Concerto #3 / Byron Janis & Moscow Phil / Mercury”. Undated, but appears to be from early 1960’s.
Song Sheet entitled “All Join In – Direction of Moishe Miller”. Includes words to the songs: “For Me and My Gal”, “Long, Long Trail”, “You Made Me Love You”, “Heart of My Heart”, “Tea for Two”, & “Schooldays”. Undated, appears to be from the early 1960’s.
Two-page typed script titled “Style Show”. Includes eight descriptions of fashion wear written in a comic style. On the back of page two are the handwritten lyrics to “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody”. Undated, but appears to be from early 1960’s.
Five scene, original script, pages 2-9 typed on onion skin paper. Title of play is missing. Play pertains to gifts given to “Hymie” for his bar mitzvah. Undated, but appears to be from the early 1960’s.
One 10-page script of the play “The Shul Meeting” with handwritten notes throughout.  Undated, but appears to be from the early 1960’s.
One 2-page script “To Sherman Kaplan and Harry Greenberg” by Arlene Leibs in the tune of “Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Sheehan”.  Eli Epstein and “Other Man” are featured.  Undated, but appears to be from the early 1960’s.
One 9-page script entitled “This is Your Life”.  Play is written as recognition of the life of Oscar Utay, a member of the Shearith Israel Brotherhood.  The presentation is moderated by Sam Kesner. Undated, but appears to be from the early 1960’s.
Three scripts for the musical production of “Flo Weiss & the Seven Wharves” by the B’nai B’rith Lodge #197, Mar, 25-26, 1961. The production combines the themes of “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” and “On the Waterfront” starring Eli Epstein as Flow Weiss.
Three 28-page typed scripts (1 original on onion skin and 2 mimeographed) written as a parody of the fairy tale “Cinderella”. The play revolves around “Chanabella”, her sisters, and going to the ball.  Undated, but appears to be from the early 1960’s.
Programs (5) for the musical production of “Flo Weiss and the Seven Wharves” by the B’nai B’rith Lodge # 197, March 25-26, 1961. The production combines the themes of “Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs” and “On the Waterfront” starring Eli Epstein as Flow Weiss.
Programs (10) for a special performance of “Flo Weiss and the Seven Wharves” by the B’nai B’rith Lodge # 197, April 23, 1961. The production combines the themes of “Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs” and “On the Waterfront” starring Eli Epstein as Flow Weiss.
Programs (2) for the musical comedy “Gigi”, starring Eli Epstein as Bill Filler, presented by B’nai B’rith Dallas Lodge # 197. Includes sponsors, credits, cast, glossary, and an ad for Phil’s Deli. Presented at Hillcrest High School on April 4-5, 1961.
Program for the musical “Finster Drum Song”, starring Eli Epstein as Chaim La, presented by Tiferet Israel Sisterhood. Includes cast, scenes, musical numbers, staff, & credits. Presented in the New Social Hall of Tiferet Israel Synagogue on Mar. 12, 1961.
Program for Eugene Jose Singer’s Orchestral Suite interpreting “The Dybbuk”, starring Eli Epstein as Sendor, at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium on April 13, 1963.  Includes production staff, cast, and orchestra. Presented by Julius Schepps Community Center.
Framed portrait (15.5″ x 19.75″) of Eli Epstein in suit/hat. Wood frame with textured matting surrounds the photo. Photo has some discoloration on the lower left side and near left chin and right ear.  Also, appears to be sun faded. Undated.
Miscellaneous photos (12) of Eli Epstein, including ones from on stage during various theatrical productions, preparing for theatrical productions, and in costume. One is a framed picture labeled: “A Polaroid Land Picture finished in just 60 seconds”.