June 15, 2010: Panel Event

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella: 45th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
7:00 pm PT
Los Angeles

In Person

Lesley Ann Warren, “Cinderella”
Additional guests to be announced.


For many a Baby Boomer too young to have seen Julie Andrews in the 1957 Rodgers & Hammerstein television musical Cinderella, this 1965 color remake—which was rebroadcast eight times over the next decade—became a childhood favorite. A teenage Lesley Ann Warren was cast as Cinderella after playing a supporting role in Broadway’s 110 in the Shade the previous season; her Prince was Stuart Damon, and the stellar supporting cast included Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Jo Van Fleet, Pat Carroll, Celeste Holm, and Barbara Ruick. Join us for a special anniversary screening and panel discussion.

A Special Moment at the Reunion

During the Q&A, someone asked what happened to the glass slippers from the program? We all know that Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz are in the Smithsonian. The answer was no one knew where they were. But Lesley shared this lovely story about the crown…
The costume designer on the show gave the crown to his friend who was starting a costume shop somewhere in Vermont. So for years, the crown was in the shop’s front window. The owner eventually retired, and the crown ended up on eBay. Lesley’s husband, Ron Taft, bought it unbeknownst to her, and then he surprised Lesley for her birthday with the crown and photo within the glass case (see below).

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PaleyFest launches its inaugural pop culture summertime celebration featuring classic shows and stars of the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and beyond. Join us for cast reunions, rare archive screenings, and more. Share the classic TV experience with friends and fans June 15 to 21.

  • Hello, we added our own clip from this panel above. And you can watch the entire panel at the Paley Center locations in Los Angeles and New York.

    Eden, June 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

  • This is the most beautiful of the Rodgers & Hammerstein versions of Cinderella.  I saw it as a child and fell in love with both Cinderella and Prince Christopher and of course the music of R & H.  I was able to see part of the interview in YouTube thanks to someone who was there that day.  I have since joined The Paley Center as a user. I would like to know if you have the entire interview in this site as I would love to watch it and if you could direct me where to go if you could be so kind.

    Also, I am curious if there are any plans to remaster the original video so new and better copies of the movie can be made.  That would really be a dream come true.

    Somewhere I read that the actress playing the step-mother didn't like Ms. Warren during filming.  And I would love to know if Ms. Warren and Mr. Damon had a nice relationship, she was only a teen so she could have been star struck.  And, one last question, where is the gorgeous ball gown?

    Thank you.


    Yvonne Tyrrell

    mybonnie, June 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm