In memory of
Maxine Manners Samuels
In memory of
Maxine Manners Samuels
Maxine Manners Samuels 1920-2021 After living for more than 100 years, our dear mother Maxine Manners Samuels has passed away. She left us on January 29th while battling Covid-19 at the Eisenhower hospital. Maxine was born in Hollywood to Esther and Herman Manners, where she grew up amidst a world of music and theater. Her older brother, Zeke Manners, became a well- known radio personality in the 30's playing live country music over the airwaves with his group 'the Beverly Hillbillies', and her older sister, Evelyn 'Vicki' Heller, went on to sing and dance in MGM's Busby Berkley musicals. As for the younger Maxine, her talents led her straight to the piano where she began to play, sing and write. By her mid 20's she had composed songs such as "The Polka Polka" which was performed by the Andrew Sisters in the Universal movie "Her Lucky Night", and "Oh Brother", which was co-written with her friend Jean Miller and sung by the Nilsson Sisters in the movie 'Hi 'Ya Sailor'. Maxine also had a lifelong love of science, which she said stemmed from the day her father carried her on his shoulders to see Albert Einstein speak. In 1943, Maxine married the renowned fine art dealer Spencer Samuels and moved to New York City, where they had two children. Spencer had just become president of the international art firm French & Company, which was co-founded in 1907 by his father Mitchell Samuels. In 1968, twenty five years after living in New York and the surrounding suburbs, Maxine moved back to Santa Monica where she lived until re-locating to Palm Desert in 2001. Although the family was 'bi-coastal', they remained extremely close-knit. While in Santa Monica, she wrote and produced "Garage Sale", a full length musical which took to the stage on the Santa Monica Pier, and "Pie in the Sky", a children's story about cartoon mice she called a "mousical", which aired on Santa Monica TV. In 1990, Spencer also moved out to Santa Monica to escape the cold North East weather. He passed away there January 30th 1999. After moving to Palm Desert, Maxine continued to write music and literature, authoring among other things, a funny and futuristic spin on the Native American's sale of the island of Manhattan called "Manhattan Clan Chowder", (a full length novel available on Amazon.com ). She also penned a booklet called "Relativity of Theories", a take-off on Einstein's work. When not working on her books, Maxine could often be found with a hot glue gun ardently creating 'beach sculptures' which she constructed out of driftwood and other materials she had collected by the sea. It was here in the Desert where she met the multitalented artist Bob Silva, who would become her most ardent supporter. Bob used his expertise in the arts and media to help promote Maxine and all of her creations. She also ran into an old friend and pianist by the name of Johnny Morris, whom she had originally met many years ago back in Rye New York. Maxine and her family would often frequent Johnny's gigs around town along with another new friend, Bill Marx. Maxine is survived by her two children, Susan Samuels-Fung and Geoff Samuels and Susan's children Zach and Zorah Fung. We will miss our dear and loving mom for the rest of our lives.
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In memory of
Maxine Manners Samuels
Maxine Manners Samuels 1920-2021 After living for more than 100 years, our dear mother Maxine Manners Samuels has passed away. She left us on January 29th while battling Covid-19 at the Eisenhower hospital. Maxine was born in Hollywood to Esther and Herman Manners, where she grew up amidst a world of music and theater. Her older brother, Zeke Manners, became a well- known radio personality in the 30's playing live country music over the airwaves with his group 'the Beverly Hillbillies', and her older sister, Evelyn 'Vicki' Heller, went on to sing and dance in MGM's Busby Berkley musicals. As for the younger Maxine, her talents led her straight to the piano where she began to play, sing and write. By her mid 20's she had composed songs such as "The Polka Polka" which was performed by the Andrew Sisters in the Universal movie "Her Lucky Night", and "Oh Brother", which was co-written with her friend Jean Miller and sung by the Nilsson Sisters in the movie 'Hi 'Ya Sailor'. Maxine also had a lifelong love of science, which she said stemmed from the day her father carried her on his shoulders to see Albert Einstein speak. In 1943, Maxine married the renowned fine art dealer Spencer Samuels and moved to New York City, where they had two children. Spencer had just become president of the international art firm French & Company, which was co-founded in 1907 by his father Mitchell Samuels. In 1968, twenty five years after living in New York and the surrounding suburbs, Maxine moved back to Santa Monica where she lived until re-locating to Palm Desert in 2001. Although the family was 'bi-coastal', they remained extremely close-knit. While in Santa Monica, she wrote and produced "Garage Sale", a full length musical which took to the stage on the Santa Monica Pier, and "Pie in the Sky", a children's story about cartoon mice she called a "mousical", which aired on Santa Monica TV. In 1990, Spencer also moved out to Santa Monica to escape the cold North East weather. He passed away there January 30th 1999. After moving to Palm Desert, Maxine continued to write music and literature, authoring among other things, a funny and futuristic spin on the Native American's sale of the island of Manhattan called "Manhattan Clan Chowder", (a full length novel available on Amazon.com ). She also penned a booklet called "Relativity of Theories", a take-off on Einstein's work. When not working on her books, Maxine could often be found with a hot glue gun ardently creating 'beach sculptures' which she constructed out of driftwood and other materials she had collected by the sea. It was here in the Desert where she met the multitalented artist Bob Silva, who would become her most ardent supporter. Bob used his expertise in the arts and media to help promote Maxine and all of her creations. She also ran into an old friend and pianist by the name of Johnny Morris, whom she had originally met many years ago back in Rye New York. Maxine and her family would often frequent Johnny's gigs around town along with another new friend, Bill Marx. Maxine is survived by her two children, Susan Samuels-Fung and Geoff Samuels and Susan's children Zach and Zorah Fung. We will miss our dear and loving mom for the rest of our lives.
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