|MARY LOU METZGER|
|She's a bundle of energy that wears alot of hats; singer, comedianne, dancer, actor and producer with a lot of beauty and talent added in.
That's Mary Lou Metzger in a nutshell, who's been a Welk music maker since 1970.
She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 13, 1950....the only child of Helen and Ernie Metzger. At the age of seven, she began performing professionally on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which by that time the Metzgers made Philadelphia their home. Her first exposure to acting came was as Lee Proctor in the community theater production of "A Guest In The House" and a year while performing in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" was recommened for the role of Amaryllis in the National Touring Company's production of Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man". That role was very successful, which the production went to 113 cities for a total of 229 performances.
While attending Temple University, perhaps it's second most famous alum after Bill Cosby, Mary Lou headed out to Southern California after being seen by a talent scout for the "All American College Show" for which she taped three shows with. She also found the time to audition for Lawrence Welk to be a part of the musical family, where she made her debut on the Mother's Day show iin 1970 and was enrolled in the organization's "Youth Oppurtunity Program" to train her to be a singer and all out performer. After singing in mostly group and choral numbers, the training paid off when she took lead vocals with her Betty Boop voice with Bob Lido's Hotsy Totsy Boys and in 1971, got her first solo number, "No No Nanette" which later was released as a single by Ranwood Records.
Mary Lou also took part in novelty numbers with Gail Farrell, and later the duo teamed together with Sandi Griffiths as the Sandi, Gail and Mary Lou trio. She also joined forces with Jack Imel as a dance team, as their light comedic dance numbers became a very popular stable of the show. In 1974, Lawrence entrusted Mary Lou with a solo number titled, "Dear Mr. Gable" which marked a turning point in her career and displayed her versitility as a singer and actor....that number appeared in the opening show of the 1974-75 season.
Since then, Mary Lou has been a very busy music maker when the show ended; making countless personal appearances at state fairs, conventions, theaters and festivals and has pursued acting where she made film appearances in the 1999 Garry Marshall film, "The Other Sister" and most recently on "The Bernie Mac Show" on television. Mary Lou is also a co-founder of the Actors Conservatory Ensamble, a non-profit theater company based out of Los Angeles. She has also appeared at Universal Studios Hollywood as part of the a capella vocal group called "Double Date" from 1988 to 1999, and has travelled across the country on behalf of the Welk show on PBS, appearing in fund raisers, Welk pledge specials and now hosts the interview segements after the weekly shows.
Mary Lou also continues to perform with her Welk stars, on the Live Lawrence Welk Show or as part of the Four Wunnerful Women. She also creates and produces the annual Welk Christmas Show at the Welk Resort Escondido.
Making her home in Sherman Oaks, California; Mary Lou has been married since 1973 to Richard Maloof, who played bass and tuba with the Welk orchestra.
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