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Post by Katiedot on Sat Dec 11 2010, 02:27

Hi all

I'm starting a new thread with old photos from the Clooney family. I know some of you have great shots stashed away in your archives, so please share them here.

This one's from Henway:
Nick Clooney with his wife Nina and children George and Ada on Easter 1967 in Ft. Mitchell
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Post by Merlin on Sat Dec 11 2010, 09:53

Ada's wedding

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Nina, Nick, Ada, Norman, Rosemary, George

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Post by Merlin on Sat Dec 11 2010, 09:59

George's 'favourite' picture of himself Smile

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Post by Dexterdidit on Sat Dec 11 2010, 23:52

LOL I love the geeky picture! I bet he tried to get that one destroyed. Love Ada's wedding snap you can't have tell it was the eighties can you. Razz

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Post by Katiedot on Sun Dec 12 2010, 12:32

Thanks for sharing those pics, Merlin. They're great!

I'd never seen Ada's wedding pic before. Is it me, or were all the women wearing white? I see that even then George made a stand against formal wear and came in his . . . pyjamas?

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Post by Merlin on Sun Dec 12 2010, 16:49

Yes...it looks like they were all in white....George is in his cool grey trendy 80's suit LOL....must be windy too by the look of their trousers....

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Post by Merlin on Sun Dec 12 2010, 16:58

Great Uncle George....

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Post by Merlin on Sun Dec 12 2010, 16:59

Aunts Rosemary and Betty...

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Nick, George and Ada

Post by Merlin on Sun Dec 12 2010, 17:11

Nick, George and Ada...

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Post by Merlin on Sun Dec 12 2010, 17:14

Sorry Katiedot I've changed your Title by mistake Embarassed

Rosemary and George....

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Post by melbert on Sun Dec 12 2010, 20:26

In that last pic with Rosemary, that DOES NOT look like Nick on piano. just sayin'

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Post by Merlin on Sun Dec 12 2010, 22:11

No...I didn't think it was either..that's why I didn't put his name on it.

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Post by melbert on Sun Dec 12 2010, 22:17

Yeah, I just read the caption Merlin and thought - nope, that ain't Nick!

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Post by sisieq on Sun Dec 12 2010, 22:48

Maybe the guys name happens to be Nick, too.

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Post by janieb on Mon Dec 13 2010, 04:53

I believe that the person on the piano is her husband Dante.

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Post by sisieq on Mon Dec 13 2010, 05:35

I stand corrected, it does say "his dad" - sorry guys!

What year does it say? I'm reading 1982? scratch

It could be Dante, but they were not married until Nov 7, 1997. Unless they knew each other prior to that. She was divorced in 1961.

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Post by Katiedot on Mon Dec 13 2010, 07:00

I seem to remember a story that George told about her wedding to Dante. They'd been together for a long time and when she finally announced her wedding, George sarcastically asked, "Are you sure you don't want to wait a while? Why get married so soon?" (or something like that) and she even more sarcastically replied, "We had to, I'm pregnant!" (this was a joke, BTW).

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Post by sisieq on Mon Dec 13 2010, 07:04

She had a great come back!!! cheers

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 13 2010, 07:14

I think she'd known Dante for about 30 years before they got married....

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 13 2010, 07:19

Little piece from his bio....they met in the 50's.....

Dante was first noticed by Rosemary Clooney when they were playing on opposite teams in a Paramount softball game. He was an outfielder, she was captain of her team. He was dark-haired, long-legged and the dancer who was assigned to give her lessons on her next picture Here Come the Girls. In his role as teacher to Rosemary, Dante found a straw hat and a blazer, and they began practice sessions in a rehearsal studio. Their rehearsal pianist was Ian Bernard. The three of them, along with Bea Allen would go out together. Sometimes they'd go to Lucy's across the street from the Paramount lot. It was a restaurant that had curtained booths where, gradually Dante and Rosemary fell in love. It was during this time that Dante decided to call Rosemary "Rosella," and she called him her "Whirlwind." Their relationship was very lighthearted and fun.

While Rosemary was set to work on her next picture Red Garters, Dante was on location in Sun Valley, Idaho, shoting Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, where he played Matt, the leader of the town boys. While Dante was on location, Rosemary's relationship with Jose Ferrer grew. Though she loved both Dante and Jose, for reasons best explained in Rosemary's autobiography Girl Singer, she married Jose. When Dante learned that Rosemary had married Jose, he was shattered.

Dante spent a number of years dancing as part of various shows at the big hotels on the Vegas Strip. He married a Tropicana showgirl and they moved to Europe. While living in Rome, he landed a part in a movie. Over the next four years, he made twelve pictures, one of them completely in Italian. After seven years of marriage, Dante and his wife divorced. He returned to Los Angeles to live with his parents and continue his film career, which included playing Charlie in Sweet Charity. During his career he could boast of having worked with some of the world's finest artists and entertainers, including Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Ann Miller, Shirley Maclaine and John Barrymore just to name a few.

He and Rosemary reconnected in 1973. Their relationship was as fun and lighthearted as it had been twenty years earlier. After a few months, he moved in with her on Roxbury Drive and became her "spiffy new road manager." Ocassionally he'd get into the act and sing and dance a little. He was constantly with her, helping her, loving her, being supportive of her, and always able to make her laugh.

After a cruise of the Greek Islands and a visit to Rome and an audience with the Pope, Rosemary and Dante visited Rosemary's hometown of Maysville. While shopping Dante bought Rosemary an emerald ring, encircled with diamonds that looked very much like an engagement ring. That night at dinner, someone asked if it was. Dante and Rosemary looked to one another and he asked her, "Well, is it?" She replied, "Yes."

On November 7, 1997, Dante and Rosemary were married at St. Patrick's Church in Maysville, Kentucky.

During their 28 years together they traveled all over the world. They watched her children marry and their family grow to include ten grandchildren.

They spent a good deal of "retreat" time at their home on the river in Augusta, Kentucky near Rosemary's brother Nick and his wife Nina. Dante cooked Rosemary his famous spaghetti in hotels all across America. He stayed by her bedside when she had encephalitis and again when she was diagnosed with lung cancer...hardly ever leaving her side. He was, as Rosemary described him, just what she always needed.

Since Rosemary's passing, Dante stays busy keeping up with his 95 year old mother and hanging out with his nephew George.

He continued with the traditional annual trip that he, Rosemary, Nick and Nina took each year in honor of Betty Clooney. This spring, Dante with his "brother and sister" Nick and Nina, traveled with their son to Northern Italy.

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Post by sisieq on Mon Dec 13 2010, 07:53

Merlin, do you know when this was written? Just curious.

and hanging out with his nephew George
Dante with his "brother and sister" Nick and Nina, traveled with their son to Northern Italy

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 13 2010, 11:07

The avatar's from this site Sisieq...didn't like the George ones....I'll have a look to see where that photie was from originally.....

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 13 2010, 11:10

No date on it...but it looks like from the late 70's to me when George was still in High School.....the other pictures are from Nick's book.

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 13 2010, 19:48

The lady George gets his gorgeousness from....

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 13 2010, 19:50

Nick and Nina....George and Ada.....

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Post by Dexterdidit on Mon Dec 13 2010, 23:50

I love the Dante and Rosemary love story. It just goes to show if it is right it will always find a way. Glad he still hangs out with Nick, Nina and the family. Nina was beautiful and still is. George looks more like Nick though! I wonder when she decided blondes had more fun?

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Post by lucy on Tue Dec 14 2010, 23:20

Wow Nina was a babe!

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Post by Merlin on Fri Dec 17 2010, 11:17

Rosemary, Jose and children....

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 27 2010, 09:50

Nick Nina George and Ada

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 27 2010, 09:51

Ada (looking like Nina here I think) and George (looking at this feet LOL)..

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Post by Dexterdidit on Mon Dec 27 2010, 10:57

I had that interview taped at one stage. Very funny. Ada was quite self assured and George really wanted to be better then his dad!

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 27 2010, 12:32

Ada, George and snowman...

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 27 2010, 12:34

Nick Nina George and Ada

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Post by Merlin on Mon Dec 27 2010, 12:35

Nick and Nina at home

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Post by melbert on Mon Dec 27 2010, 22:30

Great pics Merlin!! Thanks!

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Post by Atalante on Thu Mar 31 2011, 00:38

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Wasn't he a peach ? lol!

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Post by Casey on Thu Mar 31 2011, 00:55

LOL he was, and was his sister Smile So cute.

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Post by Atalante on Sat Apr 02 2011, 21:15

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How to look gay ! lol!

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Post by Dexterdidit on Sun Apr 03 2011, 11:57

there is alot of stuff in that house! George and Ada were so cute I love the snow suits!

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Post by ladydi on Sun Apr 03 2011, 14:31

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How to look gay ! lol!

LOL Atalante. I hate to admit it, but I thought the same thing when I saw this photo.
Why does his hair look blond? Did he used to dye it? His hair certainly doesn't turn blond now when he's in the sun.

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Post by Katiedot on Sun Apr 03 2011, 18:02

He was blond when he was young - take a look at all the other pics in this thread. I'd guess he went finally dark in his early teens.

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Post by ladydi on Sun Apr 03 2011, 20:06

So this must be a young George, like middle school. His hair is so much darker in his high school photos.

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Post by blubelle on Sun Apr 03 2011, 20:33

I was blond when I was young. My hair got darker when I hit double numbers. I went gray in my 20's!!! Sure do love my hair dye.

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Post by Atalante on Wed Apr 20 2011, 16:18

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Were they supposed to sing or something ?

And G is being shy ! clown

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Post by Merlin on Tue May 31 2011, 07:18

Nick, Betty, Rosemary and Gail.....

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Post by melbert on Wed Jun 01 2011, 01:52

Thanks Merlin!

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Post by Dexterdidit on Wed Jun 01 2011, 08:47

Thanks for all the pics. I love looking at old pictures.

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Post by Atalante on Wed Jun 01 2011, 22:50

Merlin snatched it from Rosemary Clooney's facebookpage, yes she did ! Bounce

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Post by Guest on Thu Jun 02 2011, 02:46

I love the old photo's, too! Thanks, Merlin!

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Post by Merlin on Thu Jul 14 2011, 07:36

Nick Rosemary and Gail...

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