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Alfred Lunt

From Wikipedia Alfred Lunt (August 12, 1892 – August 3, 1977) was an American stage director and actor, often identified for a long-time professional partnership with his wife, actress Lynn Fontanne. Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was named for them. Along with his wife Lynn Fontanne, whom he married on May 26, 1922, in New York City, he was half of the pre-eminent Broadway acting couple of American history, having the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway named in their honour. Secure in their public image as a happily married couple, they could play adulterers, as in Robert Sherwood's Reunion in Vienna, or as part of a ménage a trois in Noël Coward's Design for Living. (In fact, Design for Living, written for the Lunts, was so risqué, with its theme of bisexuality and a ménage à trois, that Coward premiered it in New York, knowing that it would not survive the censor in London.) The Lunts appeared together in more than twenty plays. They also appeared posthumously on an American postage stamp. The couple made one film together (The Guardsman; 1931), starred in several radio dramas for the Theatre Guild in the 1940s and starred in a few television productions in the 1950s and 1960s. They retired in 1966. In 1964, Lunt and Fontanne were presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson. Like Lynn Fontanne, Alfred Lunt is a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Ten Chimneys, Alfred and Lynn's estate in Genesee Depot, located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, is now a house museum and resource center for theater. Alfred Lunt died August 3, 1977, nine days before his 85th birthday, in Chicago from cancer. He is buried next to his wife at the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.


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Born:
Aug 12, 1892
Movie/TV Credits:
9
First Appeared:
In the movie Sally of the Sawdust 1925-08-01
Latest Project:
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life 1988-11-22
Known For
Poster of The Academy Awards
Poster of Hallmark Hall of Fame
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Poster of Stage Door Canteen
Filmography
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Show-Business at War Himself 1943-05-21
Movie Stage Door Canteen Himself 1943-06-24
Movie The Guardsman The Actor 1931-11-07
Movie Sally of the Sawdust Peyton Lennox 1925-08-01
Movie Lovers in Quarantine MackIntosh Josephs 1925-10-11