Tony Charmoli Charcoal Drawing of Belly Dancer | 1960s
Here we have a large charcoal pin up drawing of a belly dancer striking a sexy pose, created by Hollywood legend Tony Charmoli. I'm a sucker for a belly dancer, so this one was happening whether I wanted it to or not. In any room she's hanging in, she's in charge...and I have no problem with it on all counts. The pics don't even do her justice. She moves in mysterious ways! Then you have the fact that it's an original artwork from a Hollywood legend.
Here's the biography of Tony Charmoli courtesy of Wikipedia:
Tony Charmoli (born June 11, 1922) is an American dancer, choreographer, and director. He began dancing on Broadway in such shows as Make Mine Manhattan but soon began choreographing for television with Stop the Music in 1949. Charmoli then choreographed dance sequences for the popular Your Hit Parade, winning his first Emmy Award in 1955. He went on to direct and choreograph for some of the biggest stars including Dinah Shore, Lily Tomlin, Danny Kaye, Julie Andrews, Cyd Charisse, Shirley MacLaine, Mitzi Gaynor, and others. On Broadway, Tony choreographed Ankles Aweigh (1955) and Woman of the Year (1981) with Lauren Bacall.
More recently, Charmoli has focused his talents on directing for television, where he has directed such programs as the famous 1977 production of The Nutcracker starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, which was nominated for two Emmys (neither nomination was for Charmoli, however). He directed and choreographed nearly all of Mitzi Gaynor's television specials in the 1970s as well as two of Shirley MacLaine's. He also worked many times with Sid and Marty Krofft, directing all seventeen episodes of Lidsville and The Bugaloos, respectively, as well as their TV special Fol-de-Rol. He directed the first two years of Star Search (1984–85), and several years of Circus of the Stars, as well as John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979), winning the Directors Guild Award.
Charmoli also directed several Bob Hope specials, more than twenty televised beauty pageants, and the short-lived summer replacement series The Keane Brothers Show (1977).
Charmoli is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, plus eight other Emmy nominations.
The rare charcoal drawing comes out of an old Twin Cities estate. I'm listing her as from the 1960s but I have a hunch she was created in the 50s.
The framed pin up artwork measures 28 1/2" tall and 21" wide. The exposed drawing measures 17 1/2" tall by 11 1/2 wide. The frame, matting and backing look to be original and vintage. There is patina throughout the frame and glass, including some slight scuffs. The paper has some slight waves throughout. The artwork has not been viewed outside of the original framing and matting. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship FedEx to street addresses in the continental USA only (no PO boxes please). Free shipping on this stunning pin up artwork.
She lifts my days, and lights up my nights. Bonkers.