Showing posts with label Alfred Lunt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alfred Lunt. Show all posts

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!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 6: Happy Birthday, Lynn Fontaine

December 6: Happy Birthday, Lynn Fontaine!

Lynn Fontaine was no flash in the pan film and stage actress. Born in December 1887, Ms Fontaine carried a heritage of screen/stage presence that spanned over 40 years . Lynn Fontaine married actor Alfred Lunt and performed together in many play dramas. her career brought her incredible regard as she would earn Tony, Emmy awards and be honored in 1980 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. her longevity in acting was due in large part to her vision for quality performances and always having a part in how her characters would come through to the audience.

During the 40’s and 50’s, Ms Fontaine lent her voice to multiple radio performances with the Theatre Guild of the Air radio Broadcast. These one-hour radio adaptations of plays were a hit on the American scene. Her husband created many of the supporting characters alongside of her on these acclaimed portrayals. Some of her celebrated performances included Taming of the Shrew, Quadrille and The Visit (which earned her a Tony nomination). Miss Fontaine never revealed the true date of her birth causing Lunt to believe that she was a couple of years younger than himself, when in actuality she was older by about 5 years. She passed away in 1983 and still stands as a hallmark of the silver screen.