An Interest In Playing

©Renee 2013

Sometimes it is just fun to step, from connection to connection, one from another. You never know where the path may take you, and it is interesting what you learn along the way. Like this little path for example. Here we go.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_M._Young
Spouse(s) Priscilla Page
Ruth Forbes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraldine_Page

Her appearance as Alma in the 1952 production of Summer and Smoke, written by Tennessee Williams and staged at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City’s Greenwich Village, was legendary. Page’s performance (as the minister’s daughter consumed with infinite longing) in the production, directed by José Quintero, gave the play a new life, and, according to common wisdom,it was that production (for its daring, for its fervor, for its being “downtown” rather than in the artistically “safe” realm of Broadway) which gave birth to the Off-Broadway movement in New York City theatre.
Her work continued on Broadway as the spinster in the 1954–1955 production of The Rainmaker, written by N. Richard Nash; and as the frustrated wife whose husband becomes romantically obsessed with a young Arab, played by James Dean, in the 1954 production of The Immoralist, written by Augustus Goetz and Ruth Goetz and based on the novel of the same name (1902) by André Gide.
She earned critical accolades for her performance in the 1959 production of Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Paul Newman. She originated the role of a larger-than-life, addicted, sexually voracious Hollywood legend trying to extinguish her fears about her career with a young hustler named Chance Wayne, played by Newman. For her performance, Page received her first nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, as well as the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance in Chicago.She and Newman later starred in the film adaptation of the same name (1962) and Page earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film.
In 1964, she starred in a Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters playing eldest sister Olga to Kim Stanley’s Masha with Shelley Winters as the interloper Natasha. Both Shirley Knight and Sandy Dennis played the youngest sister Irina at different stages in this production. It was directed by Lee Strasberg (and a version of it was preserved on film).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Stanley
Kim Stanley (February 11, 1925 – August 20, 2001) was an American actress, primarily in television and theatre, but with occasional film performances.
She began her acting career in theatre, and subsequently attended the Actors Studio in New York City, New York. She received the 1952 Theatre World Award for her role in The Chase (1952), and starred in the Broadway productions of Picnic (1953) and Bus Stop (1955). Stanley was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her roles in A Touch of the Poet (1959) and A Far Country (1962).
During the 1950s, Stanley was a prolific performer in television, and later progressed to film, with a well-received performance in The Goddess (1959). She was the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and starred in Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), for which she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was less active during the remainder of her career; two of her later film successes were as the mother of Frances Farmer in Frances (1982), for which she received a second Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, and as Pancho Barnes in The Right Stuff (1983). She received an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie for her performance as Big Mama in a television adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1985).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasadena_Playhouse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Williams
Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American playwright, author of many stage classics.
After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with The Glass Menagerie (1944), closely reflecting his own unhappy family background. This heralded a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, and Sweet Bird of Youth. But his later work attempted a new style that did not appeal to audiences, and alcohol and drug dependence further inhibited his creative output.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Woodruff_Anderson
He may be best-remembered as the author of Tea and Sympathy. The play made its Broadway debut in 1953 and was made into an MGM film in 1956; both starred Deborah Kerr and John Kerr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kerr_(actor)

Kerr’s parents, Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, were both stage and film actors, and his grandfather was Frederick Kerr, a famed British trans-Atlantic character actor in the period 1880–1930; John developed an early interest in following their footsteps. He grew up in the New York City area, and went to Phillips Exeter Academy in New England; after graduating from Harvard, he worked at the nearby Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in summer stock.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Chase_(playwright)

In 1938, Mary wrote “Chi House”, which was made into a Hollywood film by RKO Pictures in 1939 calledSorority House, starring Anne Shirley of “Anne of Green Gables” fame.]

In the early 1940s, she had a series of government, volunteer, and union jobs, serving as the Information Director for the National Youth Administration in Denver, doing volunteer work for the Colorado Foundation for the Advancement of Spanish Speaking Peoples, and working as the publicity director for the Denver branch of the Teamsters Union.

During this time, she was working on the play “Harvey”, a play which was very difficult for her to write and which went through numerous revisions, taking her two years to finish. On November 1, 1944, it opened on Broadway and was a smash hit, running for four and a half years, 1,775 performances, from Nov. 1 1944-Jan. 15, 1949. In the history of Broadway productions, (which stretches back to 1750), “Harvey” became the 35th longest-running show (musicals and plays) and, if only plays are counted, the 6th longest-running play on Broadway, after Life With FatherTobacco RoadAbie’s Irish RoseDeathtrap, and Gemini Frank Fay andJames Stewart were the most famous actors to portray Elwood P. Dowd. Josephine Hull portrayed his increasingly concerned (and socially obsessed) sister on Broadway originally, and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in the film. Ruth McDevittMarion LorneHelen Hayes, and Swoosie Kurtz, among other actresses, also portrayed Veta either onstage or on television. James Stewart was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for “Harvey” but lost out to Jose Ferrer in “Cyrano de Bergerac”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Hull

Hull made her stage debut in stock in 1905, and after some years as a chorus girl and touring stock player, she married actor Shelly Hull (the elder brother of actor Henry Hull) in 1910. After her husband’s death as a young man, the actress retired until 1923, when she returned under the name Josephine Hull. She and Shelly Hull had had no children.
Josephine Hull had her first major stage success in George Kelly’s Pulitzer-winning Craig’s Wife in 1926. Kelly wrote a role especially for her in his next play, Daisy Mayme, which also was staged in 1926. She continued working in New York theater throughout the 1920s. In the 30s and 40s, Hull appeared in three Broadway hits, as a batty matriarch in You Can’t Take It With You (1936), as a homicidal old lady in Arsenic and Old Lace (1941), and in Harvey (1944). The plays all had long runs, and took up ten years of Hull’s career.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Hull

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hull_House

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Lou_Williams

Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Williams wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions).Williams wrote and arranged for such bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Kirk_(musician)

Andrew Dewey Kirk (May 28, 1898 – December 11, 1992) was a jazz saxophonist and tubist best known as a bandleader of the “Twelve Clouds of Joy,” popular during the swing era.
Kirk grew up in Denver, CO, where he was tutored under the wing of Wilberforce Whiteman, Paul Whiteman’s father.He started his musical career playing with George Morrison’s band, but then went on to join Terrence Holder’s Dark Clouds of Joy. In 1929 he was elected leader after Holder departed. Renaming the band to Clouds of Joy, Andy Kirk also relocated the band from Dallas, Texas, to Kansas City, Kansas.Although officially titled as the Clouds of Joy, the band has also been known to be called the Twelve Clouds of Joy due to the number of musicians in the band.They set up in the Pla-Mor Ballroom on the junction of 32nd and Main in Kansas City and made their first recording for Brunswick Records that same year. Mary Lou Williams came in as pianist at the last moment, but she impressed Brunswick’s Dave Kapp, so she became a regular member of the band.The pianist she replaced, Marion Jackson, did not take well to this[citation needed] but otherwise Kirk’s band would be fairly stable with the incorporation of Williams.
Kirk moved the band to Kansas City, and since their first recordings in 1929-1930, they grew highly popular as they epitomized the Kansas City jazz sound.In mid-1936, he was signed to Decca and made scores of popular records until 1946. He presumably disbanded and reformed his band during that 6 year recording layoff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Mooney_Kirk

Elizabeth Mooney Kirk (February 23, 1914 – June 29, 2004), known by many as “Betty”, spent her entire life advancing adult literacy. She worked with Frank Laubach using his “Each One Teach One” reading method. She traveled and taught in India, Africa and the United States. While working in Kenya, she provided the financial support for Barack Obama, Sr. to come to the United States to study.
Kirk co-authored many books with Dr. Frank Laubach and son Dr. Robert Laubach, which are still in use for teaching adults to read English. In this role, her work included running a mission boarding school in India and for two years she was head of a project for the British Government in Kenya training teachers and adults to read in some of the tribal languages.
Kirk often helped find sponsorships for promising Kenyan students to study in the United States. An article by Michael Dobbs in The Washington Post states that Kirk provided most of the financial support during Obama Sr’s early years in the United States, according to the Tom Mboya archives at Stanford University. Kirk is also mentioned in Barack Obama’s 1995 book, Dreams from My Father (pg 427 hardcover) as writing college recommendation letters for Obama Sr.
Kirk’s grandfather was Addison Clark who, with his brother, founded the Addran Male and Female Academy which became Texas Christian University. She earned master’s degrees from George Washington University and Syracuse University. In 1960, she married Elmer LeValley Kirk. They lived for a time in West Africa before moving to California. Kirk taught school in the Oakland area for many years before retiring to central California.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Dewey

Alice Greeley Dewey (born 1928) is an American anthropologist who studied Javanese society. She was a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa from 1962 until her retirement in 2005. Among her doctoral students was Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barack Obama.
Biography[edit]

Dewey was born in 1928 to Sabino L. Dewey and Edith Elizabeth Greeley. Her father was born in Italy as Sabino Piro Levis and was adopted as a child by the philosopher John Dewey and his wife Alice.She grew up in Huntington, New York and during high school worked at the laboratory now known as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Dewey attended Radcliffe College, where she became interested in cultural anthropology. After completing her B.A. degree in 1950, she continued her study of anthropology at Radcliffe, earning her M.A. degree in 1955 and her Ph.D. in 1959.
She conducted field research in east central Java, Indonesia from 1952 to 1954, joining in the Modjokuto Project with Harvard University Ph.D. candidates Clifford Geertz, Hildred Geertz, Robert Jay, Donald Fagg, and Edward Ryan. Members of the research team studied different aspects of contemporary social life in the town of Pare, East Java, known pseudonymously in their publications as Modjokuto.Dewey’s research subject was rural markets, and her dissertation was published as a monograph in 1962 under the title Peasant Marketing in Java.
Dewey joined the faculty of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Anthropology in 1962. She served as the dissertation adviser for many doctoral students, most notably Barack Obama’s mother Ann Dunham, who entered the graduate program in 1972 after having lived in Indonesia with her second husband Lolo Soetoro for five years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dewey

John Dewey (/ˈduːi/; FAA October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures associated with philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the founders of functional psychology. A well-known public intellectual, he was also a major voice of progressive education and liberalism. Although Dewey is known best for his publications concerning education, he also wrote about many other topics, including epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, art, logic, social theory, and ethics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Harvey_Robinson

Robinson was born Bloomington, Illinois. He taught history at the University of Pennsylvania (1891–95) and Columbia University (1895–1919), becoming a full professor in 1895. Following a series of faculty departures from Columbia in disputes about academic freedom, including that of his friend Charles A. Beard, Robinson resigned from Columbia in May 1919to become one of the founders of the New School for Social Research and serve as its first director.
Robinson died in New York City.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Robinson

Aloha again Hawaii. Robinson Island:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niihau

Pauline Robinson:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Pierce

Updated 11/7/13. From this above we step another place.Bunny Mellon etc..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Lambert_Mellon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kerr_(actor)

Kerr’s parents, Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, were both stage and film actors, and his grandfather was Frederick Kerr, a famed British trans-Atlantic character actor in the period 1880–1930; John developed an early interest in following their footsteps. He grew up in the New York City area, and went to Phillips Exeter Academy in New England; after graduating from Harvard, he worked at the nearby Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in summer stock.

Next, to here:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9332

. Note ** BOND**

Birth: Dec. 6, 1875
Death: Nov. 12, 1946

Aviator. A Former President of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners, he bought a plane from the Wright brothers in 1909 and was taught by Orville Wright how to fly. In 1923, an unknown flyer named Charles A. Lindbergh, landed in a field leased by Lambert. This field later became Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. He was one of Lindbergh’s backers on his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927.Family links:
Spouse:
Myrtle McGrew Lambert (1878 – 1954)*Children:
George Lea Lambert (1905 – 1929)*http://41loveletters.com/1934/09/09/letter-32/Malvern Bryan Clopton (1875-1947) [photoappears in three oral histories, largely in the context of his involvement as Chief of Surgery in Base Hospital No.21, a WW I medical unit from WUSTL, and later as commander of Mobile Hospital No. 4. In 1934, Dr. Clopton was a professor of clinical surgery at the WU School of Medicine and Chief of Staff at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was also President of the Corporation of Washington University at this time, which may have been the context for Harold speaking to him about his loans. He was one philanthropic cat — at different times, he donated buildings, medical equipment for entire hospital wings, and an 800-acre farm to WUSTL.The Malvern B. Clopton Jr/Sr. High School in Clarkesville, MO is presumably named for him. The Malvern B. Clopton Experimental Farm (formerly Brookhill Farm), also in Clarkesville, was gifted to WUSTL for experiments in nutritional agriculture, but it seems to no longer be in WUSTL’s portfolio. One might assume that this farm was once the Walker summer residence (q.v. below).Bugger… I’d typed loads more and then closed the window by accident. Most of the lost references came from the NY Times archives — search for “Malvern B. Clopton,” “Gerard B. Lambert” and a few other names for the straight dish.• Lily Lambert was an heiress of the Lambert Pharmaceutical Co., responsible for Listerine, among other products.
• James Walker was heir of the Ely & Walker Dry Goods Co. (incidentally the same “Walker” that puts the “W” in G.W. Bush”)????: Lily Lambert and James T. Walker wed and have a son, James Theodore Walker.
1906: James Walker (Sr.) dies in a gasoline explosion near the garage of his summer home in Clarksville, MO, leaving Lily a widow.
1909: Malvern B. Clopton marries Lily Lambert Walker.
1911: Lily Lambert Walker Clopton dies (circumstances unknown), leaving a $5 mil inheritance to her son, James T. Walker.
1927: Shortly after graduating from Princeton, James T. Walker dies in a plane crash. He was flying with a George Lambert (a relation?) when their plane lost a wing. Lambert survived the crash landing. James’ will leaves $3.75 mil to his stepfather, Dr. Malvern B. Clopton.
1928: Dr. Malvern B. Clopton crews on the Atlantic, a schooner owned by Gerard B. Lambert, brother of his deceased wife Lily Lambert Walker Clopton. They place 2nd in the King of Spain’s trans-Atlantic Cup.
1933: Gerard B. Lambert divorces his wife, Rachel Lowe Lambert.
1934: Dr. Malvern B. Clopton marries Rachel Lowe Lambert (July 14,1934).GOLF. Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbiddenhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Bond_Lamberthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Lambert_Mellonhttp://www.cloptonfamily.org/d_hist/drmalbrc.htmlAnd from above again:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kerr_(actor)Kerr’s parents, Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, were both stage and film actors, and his grandfather was Frederick Kerr, a famed British trans-Atlantic character actor in the period 1880–1930; John developed an early interest in following their footsteps.Kerr in the outback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kerr_(governor-general)Sir John Robert KerrAK GCMG GCVO QC (24 September 1914 – 24 March 1991) was the eighteenth Governor-General of Australia. He dismissed the Labor government of Gough Whitlam on 11 November 1975, marking the climax of the most significantconstitutional crisis in Australian history. He had previously been the 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Kerr,_Lady_KerrAnne Dorothy Taggart was born in 1914. She was known as Nancy to her friends. She was an honours graduate from the University of Sydney. In 1935 she was awarded a French Government travelling scholarship and gained her Master of Arts from the SorbonneParis. She appeared as an official French-English interpreter at more than 30 international conferences over ten years, including Colombo Plan meetings. On one occasion she interpreted for Jawaharlal Nehru at a United Nations human rights seminar inNew Delhi. She was also fluent in German.In 1941 she married Hugh Walker Robson QC, a barrister, who was appointed to the bench in 1970. He was Judge of the New South Wales District Court and Chairman of the Court of Quarter Sessions. They had a son and a daughter. At one time he had made a bid for Liberal Party preselection for the federal seat of Warringah.After the end of World War II, she acted as an interpreter for the Department of External Affairs for visiting French delegations.In 1966 she was the first Australian to become a member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters.Her marriage to Robson was dissolved in early 1975. It was reported that “strings had been pulled” to ensure her quick divorce from Robson and an avoidance of publicity. Shortly afterwards, in the Scots Kirk, Mosman, she married the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, becoming the second Lady Kerr; Sir John was a widower, his first wife Allison (née Worstead) having died on 10 September 1974, two months after he took up the post at Yarralumla.She was privy to her husband’s thoughts and anxieties as the 1975 constitutional crisis developed, but in his autobiography Matters for Judgement (1978) Sir John Kerr strongly denied she had either dissuaded him from warning the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam that he was going to dismiss him, or that she herself had a political axe to grind. The Kerrs moved to England in 1977 after the widespread public criticism of his acceptance of the ambassadorship to UNESCO, a post he was forced to relinquish before taking it up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawaharlal_Nehru

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hayden

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerr-McGee

The Kerr-McGee Corporation, founded in 1929, was an energy company involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas. It was also heavily involved in uranium mining and milling in the United States. On June 23, 2006, Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation agreed to acquire Kerr-McGee in an all-cash transaction totaling $16.5 billion plus the assumption of $2.6 billion in debt. Kerr-McGee shareholders voted to approve the offer on August 10, 2006 and Kerr-McGee ceased to exist as an independent entity. As a result of the takeover, all operations (with the exception of Tronox which was spun off as a separate company in 2005) moved out ofOklahoma.

The company later known as Kerr-McGee was founded in 1929 by Oklahoma businessman-politician Robert S. Kerr (1896-1963). When Dean A. McGee (1904-1989), a former chief geologist for Phillips Petroleum, joined the firm in 1946, it changed its name to Kerr-McGee Oil Industries, Incorporated. The company initially focused mostly on off-shore oil exploration and production, being one of the first companies to use drillships in the Gulf of Mexico,[1] and later one of the first companies to use a Spar type platform in the area.

The company later known as Kerr-McGee was founded in 1929 by Oklahoma businessman-politician Robert S. Kerr (1896-1963). When Dean A. McGee (1904-1989), a former chief geologist for Phillips Petroleum, joined the firm in 1946, it changed its name to Kerr-McGee Oil Industries, Incorporated. The company initially focused mostly on off-shore oil exploration and production, being one of the first companies to use drillships in the Gulf of Mexico,[1] and later one of the first companies to use a Spar type platform in the area.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_W._Dunham

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dunham

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Phillips_(musician)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Princess_Royal

. Currently married to Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, she has two children from her previous marriage to Mark Phillips and two granddaughters.

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