Bert Lahr was born in New York City on this day in 1895. A star in vaudeville and on Broadway, his career in the movies never really took off–except for this little picture he once was featured in, The Wizard of Oz. Happy Birthday, Bert!
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I recently watched “Oz” with my kids, the first time for them (ages 6, 4, 2). Easily, the Lion had them laughing the most! Thanks for the post, Mr. Kaplan!
I just re-read theatre critic John Lair’s book about his father – ‘Notes on a Cowardly Lion’. Unlike so many show business biographies that focus on the star’s divorces, tragedies, drug problems etc., John’s book gave real insights into the development of his father’s skills. I have since ordered four more of John’s books on ‘Show People’.