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Norma Zimmer, TV's 'Champagne Lady,' dies at 87
Yahoo ^ | 5/11/11 | Lynn Elber - AP

Posted on 05/11/2011 9:31:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LOS ANGELES – Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" of TV's "The Lawrence Welk Show" and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra and other pop stars, has died. She was 87.

Zimmer died peacefully Tuesday at her Brea, Calif., home, Welk's son, Larry, said Wednesday. Larry Welk didn't know the cause of death but said Zimmer had been living an active life in recent years.

"She was one of the most gracious, likable people that anyone could ever meet. The other people on the show, to this day, just respect and love her," Larry Welk said.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: champagnelady; normazimmer; obit

1 posted on 05/11/2011 9:31:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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I can hear Lawrence Welk now..

Thannnk You Norma!! Wunnerful Wunnerful!!!


2 posted on 05/11/2011 9:33:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

God bless, and thanks for the beautiful music


3 posted on 05/11/2011 9:36:00 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: NormsRevenge

4 posted on 05/11/2011 9:39:09 PM PDT by shibumi (Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way)
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To: NormsRevenge

One of the earliest memories of my childhood was watching “The Lawrence Welk Show” with my Mom and Dad on Saturday night, and hearing this beautiful Christian lady’s remarkable voice. I loved her duets with Jimmy Roberts. R.I.P. “Champagne Lady.”


5 posted on 05/11/2011 9:39:22 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: LaybackLenny

How America has changed.

A cop hating rapper just performed in our White House.


6 posted on 05/11/2011 9:43:07 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

Amen.


7 posted on 05/11/2011 9:47:46 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP, beautiful lady.

Another favorite of mine, Bill Gallo, the sports cartoonist, also passed away today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/business/media/12gallo.html


8 posted on 05/11/2011 9:50:35 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: LaybackLenny

I remember the Lawrence Welk Show when I was young. My grandparents wouldn’t budge from their chairs. My dad could take it or leave it except the St. Patrick Day shows, which he loved.


9 posted on 05/11/2011 9:53:50 PM PDT by unkus
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To: NormsRevenge

Norma’s father taught violin to my great-uncle. My great-uncle enjoyed playing violin and continued well into his 80’s. We grew up watching Lawrence Welk’s show as kids. It was pretty wholesome entertainment and a music appreciation class as far as the many tunes and songs that were performed.


10 posted on 05/11/2011 9:57:48 PM PDT by Inclines to the Right (www.maafa21.com)
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To: unkus

With the magnificent tenor Joe Feeney singing a great old Irish tune. He passed sometime in the last year or so. About the only one’s remaining from the 50s-early 60s (the best years of Welk IMHO) are the “lovely Lennon Sisters.” (sigh)


11 posted on 05/11/2011 9:58:50 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: LaybackLenny

One of my oldest aunts would watch the re-runs of the show in the early 90’s. She thought Lawrence Welk was still alive and would get tears in her eyes when the show came on. None of us had the heart to tell he’d been dead for years and she was watching re-runs. She never caught on.


12 posted on 05/11/2011 9:59:04 PM PDT by unkus
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To: LaybackLenny

I agree....rest in peace, Mrs. Zimmer!


13 posted on 05/11/2011 9:59:25 PM PDT by Inclines to the Right (www.maafa21.com)
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To: LaybackLenny

Yes, Dad wouldn’t miss him. What a voice. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories.


14 posted on 05/11/2011 10:01:11 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Inclines to the Right

“Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn...Goodnight!”


15 posted on 05/11/2011 10:01:11 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: unkus
How America has changed.

A cop hating rapper just performed in our White House.

We've gone to hell.

Our poor kids.

16 posted on 05/11/2011 10:03:59 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: shibumi

AMEN! AMEN!

WUNNERFUL WUNNERFUL!


17 posted on 05/11/2011 10:05:13 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: LaybackLenny

Yep, me too...every Saturday night. My mom, now in her 70’s, DVR’s it off public TV these days.


18 posted on 05/11/2011 10:09:15 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: unkus

My father couldn’t believe it when he found out that Guy and Ralna had been divorced for over 20 years. He had a hard time accepting that.


19 posted on 05/11/2011 10:11:49 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. She was a great one.

Norma Zimmer (Short Bio) - His Eye Is On The Sparrow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3se8SkR2GNM&feature=related


20 posted on 05/11/2011 10:15:51 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: NormsRevenge

My Aunt and Norma Zimmer were friends..My aunt will be thrilled to see her again.My aunt died in 2000...I have pictures of them together.She indeed was a gracious lady.


22 posted on 05/11/2011 10:21:01 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh wow, just seeing her name brings back such memories of my grandparents. I instantly smelled my grandfather’s tobacco. We always watched the show together, and listened to all the albums. I LOVED Norma Zimmer when I was little. I thought she and Julie Andrews were the most beautiful women I’d ever seen. I’m glad she is with the Lord. She was such a powerful witness for Christ.


23 posted on 05/11/2011 10:27:14 PM PDT by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor & 2 Marines! Pray for wisdom for Netanyahu & Gen. Petraeus.)
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To: NormsRevenge

My parents had 2 favorites. Lawrence Welk and Hee Haw. They’d have a glass of buttermilk with cornbread during the show. Those memories sadden me now. As an earlier post pointed out...”A cop hating rapper just performed in our White House”.

My folks never could’ve imagined such an atrocity.


24 posted on 05/11/2011 10:28:24 PM PDT by albie
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To: Kirkwood

He had a hard time accepting that.


Of course he did. He was a good, moral man.


25 posted on 05/11/2011 10:38:27 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Aria

We’ve gone to hell.

Our poor kids.


I have a little 13 month old grandson. I try not to think of what he’s going to face. We must keep up the fight for them.


26 posted on 05/11/2011 10:41:50 PM PDT by unkus
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To: NormsRevenge
I met her in about 1990 when she turned up at my open house, looking for an investment property for a family member.

Not that this will surprise anyone, but a lovelier, more kind and gracious, down-to-earth lady you could never hope to meet.

Rest in peace, Norma.

27 posted on 05/11/2011 11:16:08 PM PDT by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: athelass
My dad loved the show too and never missed it. I can still see him sitting in his favorite chair, critiquing all the singers, sharing memories of the songs, and loving every minute of it.

I get all choked up just thinking about it...

28 posted on 05/11/2011 11:23:19 PM PDT by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: NormsRevenge

I used to watch Lawrence Welk with my grandma, who has now been dead for nearly 13 years. I must have been about 7 years old.

When my oldest child was a toddler, we were at the local town to watch fireworks, and he was fussy, and I started to sing him the “Goodnight” song, and an older lady looked at me in amazement that I could possibly know it.


29 posted on 05/12/2011 1:04:50 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hated the LW show when I was a kid. Now every so often I watch it and enjoy it, especially the older shows. I wish they would run reruns with the the Lennon Sisters. When they were on I was really young and liked them. Norma sure was angelic like.


30 posted on 05/12/2011 1:39:53 AM PDT by Bellflower (Isa 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.)
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP Norma....I remember watching you on tv with my parents. You always looked beautiful.


31 posted on 05/12/2011 6:08:09 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: NormsRevenge

RIP.


32 posted on 05/12/2011 7:58:16 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: LaybackLenny
"lovely Lennon sisters"

You mean the "luffly" Lennon sisters.

33 posted on 05/12/2011 8:35:35 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Exactly.

When I was a kid, I wondered why “Choe” Feeney had such a strange first name...


34 posted on 05/12/2011 12:37:41 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: NormsRevenge; All
When our three kids were youngsters in the 80's and 90's my wife would turn the TV over to the local PBS station on Saturday evenings where they would show old episodes of the Lawrence Welk Show. Our kids would stop what they were doing and sit in front of the TV and watch that show from start to finish. It mezmerized them. That always fascinated us that our kids with all the computer games and such that competed for their attention, but when Lawrence Welk was on, they were entranced and completely quiet and calm as they watched the show.

A few weeks ago we were keeping our 3 year old granddaughter for the weekend, and she's a never ending bundle of energy and excitement. As I was flipping the channels, and as she was running around and playing between me and the TV, I came across one of those old episodes. I told my wife let's conduct a little experiment and see if that show would have the same effect on our granddaughter as it did on our kids, so I left the TV on that show. In less than five minutes our granddaughter who had been running around the room like a wild indian (yes, I'm un-PC) was sitting cross-legged on the floor absolutely mezmerized by the show from start to finish, just like our kids were 20+ years ago.

I'd challenge other FReepers to try this little experiment with their young kids or grandkids and report back their results. I've decided that the show is a shock to kids systems today because it projects an atmosphere of civility, calmness, and beautiful music and talent that is so antithetical to what kids are exposed to in today's crude, coarse, and vulgar entertainment environment.

35 posted on 05/12/2011 1:16:22 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (The stench of dependency is a sickening smell. Strive to become an asset, not a liability.)
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