Talented songstress and dancer who made the smallest of splashes in Hollywood (read: none), but turned herself into a successful businesswoman with her husband in her post-Hollywood-career, Caryl Gould sure had a fun and exciting life!
Carol Goldberg was born on April 10, 1918 in New York City, New York, to Morris Goldberg and Yetta Gold. Her older sister Rebeca was born on March 11, 1909. Her younger sister Marilyn was born in the 1920s.
Little is known about her early childhood. She grew up in New York and attended high school there. Caryl started to perform at a very young age, and by the age of 18 was a experienced songstress and dancer appearing in a dozens of night clubs and similar revues. So she landed in Hollywood for a short time.
Caryl appeared in only two movies during her time in Hollywood. The more prominent movie, Movie-Mania, is
a short musical designed to showcase the talents of vaudeville pro, Dave Apollon.
It’s such a pity that in her one and only appearance in movies, Caryl plays a role with zero personality. It’s Dave’s movie all the way, and since he was a one man army who played tons of instruments, danced and sang, so everybody else appearing in it just fades away.
On the flip side, does anybody remember Dave today? Heck no. Except a few apassionatos of obscure classic musicals, nobody has ever heard of him. It seems that the mandolin was hardly the fitting instrument for a future star! So sum it up, this was Dave’s movie, not a particularly good one at that, and Caryl was but a passing fling in it. No lasting fame and fortune from this one.
Caryl sang in one more movie, Love in Gloom.
The plot is a typical idiotic fare, not that unusual for musicals. Since the movie has no reviews and is completely forgotten today, I don’t know what else to say about it, so let’s just scrap it.
Both of these movies have no plot and music aplenty (and obviously not very memorable music at that). Not quite what you would do to become a top notch actress. Caryl retired from the movies, and moved to other lucrative fields.
Petite but a real dynamite, Caryl won the hearts of the public easily as she won the hearts of men who flocked to be by her side. By 1936, only 18 years old, Caryl was a well known romantic staple in the press. She was the leading swain of Edward Adler, one of England’s richest store keepers. In June there were news of their eminent engagements. Yet, while Eddie was in the UK, Caryl was hardly staying idle back in the US. The little minx got mixed up between Vic Oliver and his long time girlfriend, Sarah Churchill, a fellow actress (and the daughter of Winston Churchill). Finally, Vic married Sarah, but Caryl was far from frazed!
Yes, in October 1936, Adler came over to the US on the Ile de France to propose to Caryl. While there are no concrete evidence, Caryl obviously turned him down, opting for a career instead of a comfy marriage. In 1937, she was seen around with Erle Strohl.
In 1938, Caryl was one of the many girls seen with Rudy Vallee. Vallee was quite a womanizer back then, dating them by the truckload. His main swain was a stunner named Faye Webb, but for a time Caryl came a very close second. Of course, what could you expect from such a Lothario? They continued their professional relationship long after their personal entanglements ended.
Caryl was quite a good natured, humorous women, as this newspaper snippet from 1941 can attest: “Biggest unintentional laugh of the cafe season was supplied by Beachcombers’ Caryl Gould. Supposed to Introduce Armida as “the Mexican Pepper Pot,” she left out the Pepper
Caryl married Harold Steinman in 1944. Steinman worked as a boxing promoted in Minnesota before changing lanes to produce happy go lucky shows like Skating Vanities (starting the show in 1942, Harold was a comparative beginner in the business when they married). His most famous protegee was Gloria Nord, a ballerina turned skater he personally selected to become the star of his shows.
The Steinmans only child, a daughter named Ellen Sue, was born on March 9, 1948.
Caryl gave up on one form on showbiz to dedicated herself to another. In other words, after her booty shaking and singing years, Caryl developed into a top businesswoman, along with her husband and other partners. And their trade, was, unusually, the water trade. Confused? Let me enlighten you! The story goes: (taken from the Waltzing Waters site
In the 1920′s, German inventor, Otto Przystawik, conceived the idea of combining the beauty of fountains with the music and gracefulness of ballet. Thus, “Przystawik’s Dancing Fountains” were born. In the beginning, he created fountains on a small scale for display in restaurants and stores.
Interrupted by World War II, he resumed work in 1950 and created an impressive show at the Resi Ballroom and restaurant in Berlin. Accompanying live music, the spectacular display quickly became a popular local attraction.In 1952 the dancing fountains appeared at an exhibition in Berlin, where they captured the attention of a brilliant New York showman, Harold Steinman. Enthralled by the beauty and spectacle of the shows, Steinman purchased dozens over the next several decades. Naming them the “Dancing Waters”, his New York company sent the shows on tour throughout the United Sates and the rest of the world.
We should take note that it was Caryl who gave Dancing Water its name! And, for further information, taken from this blog (Gorillas’ Don’t Blog):
Throughout the 50s and 60s, several Dancing Waters units toured the US and Europe; they appeared at the NYWF, several state fairs, many flower shows and stadiums, and had (for a very brief time) “permanent” installations at the Royal Nevada Hotel in Las Vegas and Freedomland, USA in New York. The longest-lived permanent installation of one of these German shows was at the Disneyland Hotel.
The fountains were so successful they appeared in the 1984 Olympics. In the late 1980s, they were still active, as this newspaper article can attest:
Dancing Waters colorful light show GALVESTON – To Dancing Waters audiences, whether at the recent closing ceremonies for Liberty Week in New York City, at the 1984 Olympics or at The Amphitheater in Galveston Island State Park, the amazing waters spraying skyward in a multi-colored light show evoke a feeling of magic. But the beauty is achieved through practical means. It’s not magic, unless you happen to consider computers to be magical. To be technical, the fully automated, microchip- controlled installation is 100 feet of fountains that can pump thousands of pounds of recir- culating water through more than 1,800 jets of various sizes to fountains that reach as high as 45 feet. At The Amphitheater, the technical and the beautiful are used to give more excitement to the park scene in “Hello Dolly!” by director James Stoker. The water show also is presented at the end of “Dolly” and during intermission at “The Lone Star.” The two shows are being presented in repertory this summer at the theater. “Until now, Dancing Waters refused to use automation because the technology was not sophisticated enough to reach the level of subtlety and synchronization of our live performances,” said Caryl Steinman, Dancing Waters president. Mrs. Steinman said it took more than five years to work with R.A. Gray, Inc., of San Diego to develop control mechanisms which can create the infinite array of colors, shapes and forms for permanent fountain installations. The Moody Foundation, which has presented the Dancing Waters display at The Ampitheater since 1984, now has made it possible for the show to become a permanent feature in the Galveston Botanical Gardens.
Caryl’s husband Harold died in the 1990s. Her grandson took over the management of the company which still exists today (under the name of Waltzing Waters).
Sadly, Caryl’s daughter Ellen Pater died in 2008 in India from complications from cancer. She was once married to a Mr. Pater, and had three children: Jesse, Heidi and Heather. In her later years she lived with her life partner, Drew Gutterlaite.
Caryl Steinman died on December 26, 2014, at the age of 96, in New York.