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By Cindy Pearlman

A League Of Their Own - Playing by the "Rules" 
"SIP, DON'T SLURP; legs always together, a lady reveals nothing," reprimands actress Ellie Weingardt, the charm-school teacher in A League Of Their Own. Her mission: to train the Rockford Peaches how to win at the game of etiquette - a subject taken very seriuously in the 1940's. The film wasn't making an error. When it comes to mind boggling regulations, female baseball players were in a league of their own. Just scan some of the official "Rules Of Conduct" for players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.


THE WIFE FROM HELL is a juicy role for veteran character actress Ellie Weingardt and she gets to show her best bitchy moves in “Bad Meat”, a Chevy Chase dark comedy that just finished shooting in Chicago. “Chevy is a delight to work with,” Ellie enthused. “He couldn’t have been more helpful, suggesting how I should play his mate. He’s a crooked congressman who gets kidnapped, with dire results. Our scenes battling and cursing in our home, at the layer’s office is a hoot.” The script was written by two Onion editors. You’ve seen Ellie in “A League of Their Own” with Madonna, in “Shear Madness,” tons of “little theater” and in some strong Altoid ads.


They Make Sure It's Ladies' Day for 'League" 
Ellie Weingardt teaches etiquette to a Women's baseball team In "A League of Their Own." Call them the Priss Patrol. When it comes to heinous rules and outdated regulations, two Chicago actresses are in a league of their own. Ellie Weingardt plays the charm school teacher, and Pauline Brailsford is the chaperone of a '40s women's baseball team in the film "A League of Their Own" (now at local theaters). "Sip your tea, don't slurp," Weingardt said in a high-pitched trill, demonstrating her character. "Walk gracefully and grandly. I say, 'Ladies. Legs together. Always.' I looked right at Madonna when I delivered that line."
"No drinking, no smoking, no men in your bedroom," Brailsford said in an English accent Well, some ladies in her group did prefer to be wild women. "Madonna's character poisons my food, so I'm really sick," said Brailsford, laughing. "Then all the women sneak out of the hotel room." Both actresses played actual historical figures. In real life, the women baseball players - mostly farm girls - were put through rigorous charm lessons conducted by cosmetics guru Helena Rubenstein. Adding to their woe was a 24-hour chaperone. "On the set, we read the real rules far the league," says EIlie Weingardt. "I was shocked." No wonder. The women were not allowed to drive outside town limits. Spitting and swearing were forbidden. Male dates had to be approved. And, "ladies did not sweat, they glowed," Weingardt added. "I reminded the girls to fan themselves between innings." Weingardt got her role by dressing the part of a matronly teacher. "I walked into the audition with my hair rolled and even did Joan Crawford eyebrows," said Weingardt, who has appeared in "Shear Madness" and scads of commercials. Brailsford, the former artistic director of Body Politic Theatre, also dressed the part by pulling her hair back severely. Filming took place in Wrigley Field and in Evansville, Indiana. "Tom Hanks would entertain the crowd by singing old sitcom themes," Brailsford said. "Madonna and I got our hair done together," Weingardt said. "We flipped through fashion magazines, just chatting away."

By O'Malley & Collin

Picture This . . .
Picture this Chicago actress Ellie Weingardt, who played a charm school instructor in "A League of Their Own," has a collection of pictures of all the movie's high-profile stars ... make that: almost all. When filming wrapped, Weingardt got great shots of Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, even director Penny Marshall. But when she approached Madonna and said "My kids will just die if I don't get your picture," Madonna gave her a withering glance and said, "Well then, they'll just "have to die."

By Gerst, Bonesteel & Andries

Geena Davis is a doll, very sweet, a little flaky, but gorgeous. Tom Hanks is a loving, wonderful guy. And Madonna is very real, unpretentious and moody. All this is according to actress Ellie Weingardt of Highland Park, who appeared with them in "A League of Their Own." She's pictured in her role as a charm school instructor, her first speaking part in a movie. "There was none of this 'stars don't talk to the day players' stuff," she said, noting her gratitude to director Penny Marshall. "I could kiss her feet."

Ellie Weingardt
Ellie Weingardt is a busy lady doing movie work in our town's film productions. She recently returned from filming A League of Their Own." The story centers on the start of women's league baseball in the early 194Os, and personal interrelationships among the players and the times. Ellie filmed in Huntingburg, Indiana, along with show biz pals Geena Davis, Tom Honks and Laura Petty. Madonna was unique, according to Ellie, and marveled at the energy Madonna maintains by running each morning before work. Watch for Weingardt as the charm school instructor when the film hits the theaters next summer. A star may be born!!!
Please to 'Meat' ya
By Gerst, Ingram & Andries

Highland Park actress Ellie Weingardt has been cast as Chevy Chase's wife/widow in "Bad Meat," and shot her role in the independent feature in Chicago last week. Writer/director is Scott Dikkers, former editor of The Onion and Michael Hirsch. "It's what you would call a meaty role," jokes Weingardt, who must pay a ransom for Chase's kidnapped body before she can collect on the will.
Trading on her own charms, Highland Park actress Ellie Weingardt has been cast in a new Penny Marshall movie to be filmed in and around Chicago. "A League of Their Own," the story of a girl's baseball team, stars Madonna, Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, among others. Weingardt plays an instructor at the charm school where the girls go to polish off the rough edges. Charming.
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