John Bunny, comedian, silent film star

John Bunny (September 21, 1863 – April 26, 1915) was an actor who was often described as “the first internationally recognized film comedian.” Between 1909 and his death in 1915, Bunny was one of the top stars of early silent film, as well as an early example of celebrity. Bunny was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. The son of English immigrants, he initially worked as a clerk in a general store before joining a small minstrel show at the age of twenty. His stage career spanned over 30 years and included work in tour and stock theater companies around the US until he worked his way… Read More

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Marion Tanner, the inspiration for Auntie Mame

Marion Tanner (1891-1985), self-described as ”the ultimate Greenwich Village eccentric” and the apparent model for the madcap fictional character Auntie Mame. Known as one of Greenwich Village’s most colorful inhabitants, Miss Tanner, in 1927, bought a red brick house at 72 Bank Street, and for many years it was a haven and salon for struggling artists, writers, freethinkers, radicals and a wide spectrum of what Miss Tanner sometimes called ”Bohemian types.” Miss Tanner devoted much of her life to caring for children from broken homes, and, although she had none of her own, she always had homeless children living with… Read More

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Thinking of seeing “Hamilton” on Broadway?

If you have $428 and up to $1,025, you might get a ticket for “Hamilton”, the musical that won 11 Tony Awards in 2016. For this year, it’s sold out, so we’re talking about January, 2018, if you book now. Only “The Producers” (12 Tony Awards) is ahead of “Hamilton” (11), in the history of the Tonys. The musical is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the so-called Founding Fathers of the USA, who led a very interesting private and political life. He’s the man on the 10-dollar bill. You will need 42.8 of them to buy… Read More

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