This picture of Ellen is from a musical melodrama called THE DRUNKARD written by Barry Manilow (yes THE Barry Manilow!). She played two roles - one of this very stern Salvation Army woman (below) and the other a deranged tree eating girl.

It was performed at a dinner theatre. So every night Ellen would do the show, then serve food to her patrons and then get back on stage after the intermission. Waitress/singer/dancer/actress.....truly paying her dues! 

Row 1

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