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Ellen Was a Twinkle in Her Eye

Ellen Was a Twinkle in Her Eye

The senior class play "The Little Minister" in 1947 at Eleanor McMain High School in New Orleans. My mother, Mary Elizabeth Gant (Russell) played the widow (seated), the minister was played by Jerry Campbell. The "gypsy", was played by one Betty Pfieffer. Betty's daughter would go on to a bit more acclaim in front of audiences. Betty is the mother of Ellen DeGeneres. View full size.

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The back of the photo. My mother, who died in 2018, considered Betty one of her closest high school friends.

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