Monday, August 12, 2013
August 12: Happy Birthday, Alfred Lunt
From being referenced in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye to being pictured on a postage stamp, Alfred Lunt has pretty much lived the life. He and his wife Lynne Fontanne made up one of the biggest theatre couples in American history.
If you tuned in to Theater Guild on the Air in the 1940s, you would've heard the Lunts spinning wonderful renditions of Elizabeth the Queen, The Guardsman, O Mistress Mine, and several other great dramatic works.
The couple also strutted their stuff on a couple of episodes of The Cavalcade of America.
All of this came some decades after Lunt had conquered the Broadway world with his acclaimed work in Elizabeth the Queen and The Magnificent Yankee. He snagged an Oscar nomination for his work in The Guardsman.
The cherished actor was born on this day in 1892 in Milwaukee. We celebrate Alfred Lunt's birthday!