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James O’Neill

As we all know Eugene O’Neill was very sad about his father, James O’Neill.  Gene—and many others—felt that James was a wonderful actor and that he could have a major part in any American play he cared to be in!  Alas, James O’Neill chose to spend his theatrical life in a potboiler, The Count of Monte Cristo.  He played it all over the U.S. year after year—over 6000 performances in 40 years!

Gene was quoted as saying:

My father was really a remarkable actor, but the enormous success of “Monte Cristo” kept him from doing other things. He could go out year after year and clear fifty thousand in a season. He thought that he simply couldn’t afford to do anything else. But in his later years he was full of bitter regrets. He felt “Monte Cristo” had ruined his career as an artist.

While a bit faded, this 1897 advertising poster still adorns our living room—talk about a Throwback Thursday from way, way back!

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Catfish Row, Circa 1935

A look at Catfish Row: aka the set of Porgy & Bess, designed by Sergei Soudeikine.

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Jean Stapleton Stars As Eleanor Roosevelt

We recently came across this photo of Jean Stapleton, who was one of our most beloved actresses. She starred in the play Eleanor Roosevelt by Rhoda Lerman, performing all over the United States for 37 weeks.  While everyone may recognize Jean in her prominent role of Edith Bunker, it is her stage presence and her warm and darling personality that makes us miss her so!

—Marilyn & Philip

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As You Like It, Westport Playhouse 1931

This is a great picture of my mother, Armina Langner, and Romney Brent in a press photo for As You Like It at the Westport Playhouse in 1931.

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Taxi Ride!

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Philip and Marilyn Langner, the producers of the Theatre Guild, taking a taxi ride in Libya on one of our 35 Theatre Guild Cruises!

Come with us on our next theatre cruise adventure!

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