|Golden Horseshoe – Backstage|
|Betty Taylor – Golden Horseshoe|
I had the chance to talk with Wally Boag, co-star of the Revue, shortly before his passing. In that conversation, I was struck with the strong sense of family that existed among the performers, which stands to reason as they worked together for three decades. But also, in Wally’s stories, there was one detail that stood out: The lead performers all had their own dressing rooms and studios which, at least for Wally, doubled as his apartment. In the early days, he would commute down to Anaheim for his five-day workweek stint in the Revue and actually lived above the Horseshoe, in a small efficiency that looked toward (I believe) Adventureland. Now for a confession: though I’ve cajoled my way into many backstage areas at the park, I’ve never actually been backstage at the Golden Horseshoe. So these photos–and others like them–are my only touchstones for the world that once existed behind the curtain.
Most of my posts explore the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Or to put that another way: I write mostly about things that happened long before I was born. But for this post, I clearly remember the 1980s. I can easily call up images of Betty Taylor, sequinned up in black, holding an oversized hand-mirror on the stage. When I was a kid, my family’s first stop inside the park always was at the Golden Horseshoe reservation booth to collect the free tickets for one of the day’s performances. So for today, oddly, events that I remember in my own life now become “history.”
The final photo (below) is unique for two reasons. It features Betty Taylor on her 67th birthday, with decorations strewn around the dressing room. (Actually, if the date-stamp is correct, it is the day after her birthday.) It is also two days before the Golden Horseshoe Revue dropped its final curtain–to be replaced by the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree.
|Betty Taylor – Golden Horseshoe – 1986|