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The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes

By David Bruce


Dedicated to Brian Prince


Copyright 2007 by Bruce D. Bruce

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© Photographer: Aida Ricciardiello



Chapter 1: From Absent-Mindedness to Censorship


• As a young actress just starting in show business, Eve Arden quickly learned not to be absent minded. She once finished a play’s first act, went to her dressing room, took off her costume and removed her makeup, and then left the theater to take a bus home — only to find the theater manager running after her and yelling, “Second act!” She returned to the stage wearing galoshes and no makeup, where she discovered her fellow actors desperately ad-libbing lines such as “I saw her in the garden, I think” and “She’ll probably be here any minute.”

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