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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Oscar nominee for 1986's 'The Color of Money' | Played Gina Montana in ‘Scarface’ in first movie role

Four decades, 22 movies and one Oscar nomination later, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio still remembers concert choir under the direction of her all-time favorite faculty member — the late Harold Decker

The Lombard-born, Oak Park-raised actress who’d go on to play Al Pacino’s sister in 'Scarface' and Tom Cruise’s girlfriend in 'The Color of Money' only spent two years in the late ’70s here but she has many fond music memories. 

“The year of the Vocal Valentines was particularly hilarious. Patrons chose a truncated version of some valentine-worthy old tune, condensed and arranged for a quartet. Time and addresses were taken down and for a small fee a group of singers would be dispatched to deliver the tune and maybe a rose or something. 

“So silly, so many embarrassed boyfriends and so much fun.”

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