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NEW YORK (RNS) In the end, even Kathie Lee Gifford couldn’t save the Broadway musical about a woman who saved souls. Gifford's Broadway play, "Scandalous: The Life and Times of Aimee Semple McPherson'' will close Dec. 9, a little more than three weeks after its opening. By Ansley Roan.

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  1. SteamReligion

    The realdeal Aimee could fill up a stadium several times over. It’s just hard to find someone to depict her who can convey the anointing Aimee Semple McPherson apparently had. I have not seen the show myself, but maybe it will come out on DVD or something.

    The allure of the scandal keeps Amiee alive the contemporary public conciousness. With exception of her family difficulties and power struggles that developed for a time at the Angelus Temple, all else seems the stuff of old ladies leaning on backyard fences. Comedian Milt Berle even inserted himself into this gossip, but I do notice he only did it after she was long dead, his earlier publications make no mention of his claim. As the details he provided to support it are so entirely bogus, I think he was simply telling some sort of cerebral cougar joke

    Some state as a fact Aimee her a kidnapping story as cover for running off with a lover. Even after this accused lover himself stepped forward and said his name connected with the evangelist in such a way was a “gross insult to a “noble and sincere woman. Quite a compliment since he himself did not share her religious views and was considered to be an agnostic. Hmm.. it would seem one would have to thoroughly prove they were kidnapped by missing fingers, voluntary confession of the perpetrators, and one’s dead body in a ditch before the police would investigate it as such in those days… The Verdict is In by Raymond L. Cox, offers a scholarly approach regarding the matter , researched thoroughly from numerous sources.

    Lets not parse the truth too finely. Long after Billy Graham is forgotten, the faith-healer who healed tens of thousands and fed 1.5 million starving people would be forgotten as well, except, perhaps for the perennial noise “as that woman preacher who faked her death and had numerous extramarital affairs.”

    When they come looking to dig up the dirt, they will instead get the gold, –as I have.