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Rita & Judith

Judith and Rita as kids Judith Chernaik

Rita and Judith Chernaik grew up together, and are still in regular contact.

Judith, a well-known author and editor, lives in London and is a co-founder of the “Poems on the Underground” series of books and events.

Rita recently performed in an Event in London, in the “Poems from the Underground” series.

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Fasching Concert at the Bavarian State Opera

1990, on the occasion of the annual Fasching (Carnival) Concert, given that year at the famed rococco Cuvilliés Theatre, Rita was accompanied at the piano by Kammersänger Ferry Gruber, singing “Lili Marlene” (of course, under a lamppost), with great success and even recognition from the Press.

These photos show her in rehearsal and performance for that Concert.

In rehearsal for Lili Marlene On stage, with Ferry Gruber In performance

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Mistaken Identity?

Mistaken IdentityLoving, Reynolds or Hayward??? Rita or Debbie? Loving or Reynolds?

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Among many friends in New York City, Rita was close to Dustin Hoffman in the years before his discovery by Mike Nichols and his casting in “The Graduate”. In fact Rita accompanied Dustin for a seemingly disastrous audition for a musical. Mike Nichols somehow remembered the impression Dustin made at the audition (he didn’t get the job) but called him in for a screen test for his upcoming film “The Graduate”, and the rest is history.

[I appeared in an article featuring Dustin in "Life Magazine", some time after his 'discovery'... we are searching for a copy of this article. - Rita]

Rita, the kids, Dustin and puppy on the bed, Jan. 1966 Dustin, Feb. 1967 at THE audition Dustin juggling, New York, Feb. 1967
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