Jack Gordon




From the October 11, 1994, issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:



Paula Bane Twitchell, a musical actress who was born in Seattle and went on to perform on Broadway, died Sept. 24, [1994, ] in Sarasota, Fla., of a heart attack. She was 74.

Under the stage name Paula Bane, Mrs. Twitchell performed in 1949 at the Georgian Room of the Olympic Hotel in Seattle, now the Four Seasons-Olympic Hotel, and was the official songstress and hostess of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, said her son, Paul Frazier of Hygiene, Colo.

Mrs. Twitchell, whose maiden name was Behnke, was a graduate of Queen Anne High School in Seattle.

After studying music and drama in Seattle, Mrs. Twitchell went to New York, where she performed in such Broadway musicals as ''Call Me Mister'' and appeared on Ed Sullivan's TV show.

During World War II, she toured with the United Service Organization in Italy and Alaska.

While visiting Sarasota, Mrs. Twitchell met Ralph Twitchell, an architect. They married in 1969. He died in 1978.

In Sarasota, she served as president of the Asolo Theater Guild and appeared in productions at the Asolo Theater and with the Sarasota Players.

Mrs. Twitchell got her first singing job performing the national anthem before a Seattle Rainiers baseball game in 1939. In 1979, she sang the national anthem before a Mariners game.

A memorial service for family and friends was held in Sarasota.




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