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Renée Orin

In a tiny town fifteen miles outside of Allentown, PA called Slatington, PA, Renée grew up the youngest of five children. She was raised by a hard working mother who kept a Kosher home, and a father that worked ten, twelve hours a day building a small scrap iron business. In order to keep this Kosher home, (we were one of the seven Jewish families in Slatington) we would travel those 15 miles to Allentown over country roads to get the proper meat. How her mother did it, she will never know.

There was always music in her home. Ruth, her older sister, played the piano and sang.  Then Naomi and Dotty, both with lovely voices, followed in suit. Renée remembers many evenings spent around the piano with all the kids joining in except her brother, Dave.  Being the only boy, he would hide away as much as he could.

At twelve, Renée begged her parents to allow her to follow in her sister's footsteps and take singing lessons. She would board a bus for Allentown and spend three quarters of an hour with Mrs. Williams.  Mrs. Williams suggested that she work with an acting coach in New York, Claudia Frank.  Since Renée's dream was to get out of Slatington and show the world she could sing and act, the two and a half  hour train ride to New York for lessons was just part of the path.

No matter what it took, Renée was going into showbiz. Through Claudia's coaching she auditioned and was accepted into Carnegie Tech (now known as Carnegie Mellon.)  She went on to play Summer Stock at Cain Park Theater each summer and her final year met Albert there.

Renée laughs when she remembers her mother so worried and always saying, "Oh, Reeneee, who are you going to meet in Cleveland?" ...Albert.  The summer of 1948, she was interested in knowing who would be composing the production of The Reluctant Lady, and who should walk in ...Albert.
"He was six feet tall, and sooo skinny.  His eyes were slightly crossed, his ears stuck out, and he seemed to have enough energy to ignite a dirigible.  Then he went to the piano and simply overwhelmed me."  Renée was hooked by his talent from that day on.  The day after the show closed, Albert asked if she would like to have an ice-cream soda with him.  a few years later after dating and growing together as friends and supporters of each other's careers, they were married!
Renée's first Broadway show was the final national tour of Finian's Rainbow. She went on to enjoy a singular career in many Broadway plays and musicals, including Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, Tennessee William's Slapstick Tragedy, Plain and Fancy, and the Broadway revival of Pal Joey.  She has starred opposite Gene Kelly, Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Paul Lynde, and many others. 
Albert and Renée went on to develop a cabaret act, telling the story of their lives in comedy and music. They continue to update and perform the act today, named after one of Albert's song "Young and Foolish", from his hit musical Plain and Fancy, they call it Still Young and Foolish.