Comedienne Joan Rivers (left) with show biz pal Kaye Ballard in 2013. The two have been friends since they met in the 1960s in New York trying to find careers on stage. Italian Ballard, who turns 89 next month, and Jewish Rivers found common family bonds.
Matt Raftery, originally from Park Forest, Ill., and now one of Chicago theater's young and promising directors and choreographers, is his own Chicago's South Side "Cinderella" story.
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