Ellen Hansen Corby was an American actress. She is best remembered for the role of Esther "Grandma" Walton on the CBS television series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards, she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Aunt Trina in I Remember Mama. Ellen Hansen was born in Wisconsin, to immigrant parents from Denmark, she grew up in Philadelphia. An interest in amateur theater while in high school led her to Atlantic City in 1932, where she worked as a chorus girl, she moved to Hollywood that same year and got a job as a script girl at RKO Studios and Hal Roach Studios, where she worked on Our Gang comedies, alongside her future husband, cinematographer Francis Corby. She took acting lessons on the side. Although she had bit parts in more than 30 films in the 1930s and 1940s, including Babes in Toyland and It's a Wonderful Life, her first credited acting role was in RKO's Cornered in which she played a maid, followed by an uncredited brief speaking role as a kitchen cook in The Locket.
Corby began her career as a writer at Paramount studios working on the western Twilight on the Trail. She received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a lovelorn aunt in I Remember Mama. Over the next four decades, she worked in film and television portraying maids, waitresses, or gossips in Westerns, had a recurring role as Henrietta Porter, a newspaper publisher, in Trackdown, starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. In the episode entitled "The Vote", Henrietta Porter advocates for women's suffrage: "Women should have the right to vote. Women should be in politics, they can't do any worse than you men!" For her guest appearances in many Westerns, Corby in 1989 won a Golden Boot award. Corby appeared as the crooked car peddler, on CBS's The Andy Griffith Show, she guest-starred, as well, on Wagon Train, Bewitched, The Guns of Will Sonnett, Rescue 8, The Restless Gun, The Rifleman, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Donna Reed Show, Frontier Circus, Hazel, I Love Lucy, Dennis the Menace, Bonanza, The Big Valley, Meet McGraw, The Virginian, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Get Smart, Gomer Pyle, The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Invaders and Night Gallery.
From 1965 to 1967, she had a recurring role in the NBC television series Please Don't Eat the Daisies, based on an earlier Doris Day film. Her best-known role came as Grandma Esther Walton on the made-for-TV film The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which served as the pilot for The Waltons, her husband, Zebulon Walton, was portrayed by actor Edgar Bergen in the film. Corby went on to resume her role on the weekly television series The Waltons. Actor Will Geer played her husband in the series from 1972 until his death in 1978, at which time the character of Zebulon Walton was buried; the series ran from 1972 to 1981, resulted in six sequel films. For her work in The Waltons, she gained three Emmy Awards and three more nominations as Best Supporting Actress, she won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actress in a TV series for the show The Waltons, was nominated another three times. She left the show early in 1977, owing to a massive stroke she had suffered on 10 November 1976, which impaired her speech and limited her mobility and function.
She returned to the series during the final episode of the 1977–78 season, with her character depicted as recovering from a stroke. She remained a regular on The Waltons through the end of the 1978–79 season, with Esther Walton struggling with her stroke deficits as Corby was in real life. Although Corby was able to communicate after her stroke, her character's lines were limited to one word or one-phrased dialogue, such as "No" or "Home". Ellen Hansen married Francis Corby, a film director/cinematographer, two decades her senior, in 1934; the marriage did not produce children and she never remarried. Francis Corby died in 1956. Corby in 1969 trained as a teacher of transcendental meditation, she had a stroke in November 1976 from which she recovered and returned to her role on The Waltons in March 1978. According to Michael Learned, who played Olivia Walton, Will Geer may have saved her life; when she failed to show up for work, Geer suspected something was wrong and went with the show's producers to her home, where they found that she had suffered a stroke.
Her stroke was written into the show, with Grandma Walton suffering a stroke and struggling to regain her speech. Following her stroke, she was supported by her long-time partner, Stella Luchetta, with whom she'd become friends in the 1950s, who lived with her until her death, her final role was in A Walton Easter. In 1999, following several years of declining health, Corby died at age 87 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, her memorial site is in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, California. The Broken Coin (Original Story as Ellen
Harold Herman Brix known as Bruce Bennett, was an American actor and Olympic silver medalist in the shot put. Brix was the fourth child in a family of five of an immigrant couple from Germany, his eldest brother, their father's favored son, died before Harold's birth. To please his father, by high school, he had discontinued using his own first name in favor of his middle name, his father was a lumber man. His first career was as an athlete. At the University of Washington, where he majored in economics, he played football in the 1926 Rose Bowl and was a track-and-field star. Two years he won the Silver medal for the shot put in the 1928 Olympic Games, he won four consecutive AAU shot put titles, the NCAA title in 1927, the AAU indoor titles in 1930 and 1932. In 1930 he set a world indoor record at 15.61 m. In 1932 he set his personal best at 16.07 m, but did worse at the Olympic trials and failed to qualify for the Los Angeles Games. Brix moved to Los Angeles in 1929 after being invited to compete for the Los Angeles Athletic Club and befriended actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. who arranged a screen test for him at Paramount.
In 1931, MGM, adapting author Edgar Rice Burroughs's popular Tarzan adventures for the screen, selected Brix to play the title character. Brix, broke his shoulder filming the 1931 football film Touchdown, so swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller replaced Brix and became a major star. After Ashton Dearholt convinced Burroughs to allow him to form Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises, Inc. and make a Tarzan serial film, Dearholt cast Brix in the lead. Pressbook copy has it that Burroughs made the choice himself, but, in fact, in his biography, Brix confirmed that Burroughs never saw him until after the contract was signed, only briefly; the film was begun on location under rugged conditions. Brix did his own stunts, including a fall to rocky cliffs below; the Washington Post quoted Gabe Essoe's passage from his book Tarzan of the Movies: "Brix's portrayal was the only time between the silents and the 1960s that Tarzan was depicted in films. He was mannered, soft-spoken, a well educated English lord who spoke several languages, didn't grunt."
Due to financial mismanagement, Dearholt had to complete filming of much of the serial back in Hollywood, Brix, although his travel and daily living expenses in Guatemala were covered throughout the shoot, never received his contracted salary, along with the rest of the cast. The finished film, The New Adventures of Tarzan, was released in 1935 by Burroughs-Tarzan, offered to theatres as a 12-chapter serial or a seven-reel feature. A second feature and the Green Goddess, was culled from the footage in 1938, he portrayed the titular hero in Republic's serial Hawk of the Wilderness. Brix continued to work in serials and action features for low-budget studios until 1939. Finding himself still typecast as Tarzan in the minds of major producers, Brix changed his name to "Bruce Bennett" and became a member of Columbia Pictures' stock company. During the next few years he would be seen playing minor roles in many Columbia films, ranging from expensive dramas to B mysteries and Three Stooges shorts, such as How High Is Up?
His screen career was interrupted by World War II. Bennett appeared in many films in the 1940s and early 1950s, including Sahara with Humphrey Bogart, Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford, Nora Prentiss with Ann Sheridan, Dark Passage with Bogart and Lauren Bacall, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Bogart and Walter Huston, Mystery Street with Ricardo Montalban, Sudden Fear with Joan Crawford and Gloria Grahame and Strategic Air Command with James Stewart; the Washington Post noted, "Bennett moved into grittier roles in the late 1940s and early 1950s, playing a detective in William Castle's Undertow and a forensic scientist who helps solve a crime in John Sturges' Mystery Street. He portrayed an ageing baseball player in Angels in the Outfield. In 1954, Bennett played William Quantrill, the Confederate guerrilla figure, in an episode of the syndicated television series Stories of the Century and narrated by Jim Davis. Bennett made five guest appearances on Perry Mason, including his role as murder victim Lawrence Balfour in the 1958 episode "The Case of the Lucky Loser" and as murderer Dan Morgan in the 1961 episode "The Case of the Misguided Missile."
He was in five episodes of Science Fiction Theatre. Bennett had two children, Christopher Brix and Christina Katich, by longtime wife Jeannette, who died in 2000, they named their children after his parents. They had two great-grandchildren. From the mid-1950s on, Bennett appeared in B-films and on television in guest-starring roles. Two films from this period are The Alligator People and the Fiend of Dope Island. Bennett, in fact, portrays the title character. Outside his acting career, Bennett became a successful businessman during the 1960s, he continued to pursue his lifelong interest in parasailing and skydiving. He last skydived at the age of 96. Bennett turned 100 on May 19, 2006, died less than a year in February 2007 of complications from a broken hip. List of centenarians Notes Bibliography Chapman, Mike. Please Don't Call Me Tarzan. Culture House Press Ephraim Katz: Encyclopedia of Film (ISBN 0-333-
James Allen Whitmore Jr. was an American film and television actor. During his career, Whitmore won three of the four EGOT honors: a Tony, a Grammy, an Emmy. Whitmore won a Golden Globe and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Born in White Plains, New York, to Florence Belle and James Allen Whitmore, Sr. a park commission official, Whitmore attended Amherst Central High School in Snyder, New York, for three years, before transferring to the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, on a football scholarship. He went on to study at Yale University, but he had to quit playing football after injuring his knees. After giving up football, he turned to the Yale Dramatic Society and began acting. While at Yale, he was a member of Skull and Bones, was among the founders of the Yale radio station. Whitmore graduated with a major in government from Yale University; when World War II broke out, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve while finishing his degree. He graduated from Yale University in 1944 served in the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific, emerged from the Marines as a lieutenant.
After World War II, Whitmore studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and the Actors Studio in New York. At this time, Whitmore met Nancy Mygatt, they married in 1947, the couple had three sons before their divorce in 1971. The eldest son, James III, found success as a television actor and director under the name James Whitmore, Jr; the second son, became the public spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The youngest son, was a Forest Service Snow Ranger and firefighter before he launched his own construction company. In 1979, Whitmore and Mygatt remarried. Whitmore was married to actress Audra Lindley from 1972 until 1979, he co-starred in several stage performances with her both after their marriage. These included Elba. In 2001, he married author Noreen Nash. Whitmore is the grandfather of Survivor: Gabon contestant Matty Whitmore. In 2010, James Whitmore, Jr. and his two children, actress-director Aliah Whitmore and artist-production designer Jacob Whitmore, formed the theatre group Whitmore Eclectic.
They perform in California. In his years, Whitmore spent his summers in Peterborough, New Hampshire, performing with the Peterborough Players. Although not always politically active, in 2007, Whitmore generated some publicity with his endorsement of Barack Obama for U. S. President. In January 2008, Whitmore appeared in television commercials for the First Freedom First campaign, which advocates preserving "the separation of church and state" and protecting religious liberty. "An avid flower and vegetable gardener, Whitmore was known to TV viewers as the longtime commercial pitchman for Miracle-Gro garden products."A Democrat, he supported the campaign of Adlai Stevenson during the 1952 presidential election. Following World War II, Whitmore appeared on Broadway in the role of the sergeant in Command Decision. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer gave Whitmore a contract, but his role in the film adaptation was played by Van Johnson, his first major picture for MGM was Battleground, in a role, turned down by Spencer Tracy, to whom Whitmore bore a noted physical resemblance.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role, won the Golden Globe Award as Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role. Other major films included Angels in the Outfield, The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear and Beyond, Kiss Me, Them!, Oklahoma!, Black Like Me, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Give'em Hell, Harry!, a one-man show for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of former U. S. President Harry S Truman. In the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, he played Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey. Whitmore appeared during the 1950s on many television anthology series, he was cast as Father Emil Kapaun in the 1955 episode "The Good Thief" in the ABC religion anthology series Crossroads. Other roles followed on Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater, Lux Video Theatre, Kraft Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, Schlitz Playhouse, Matinee Theatre, the Ford Television Theatre. In 1958, he carried the lead with Ward Bond.
In the 1960-1961 television season, Whitmore starred in his own ABC crime drama, The Law and Mr. Jones, in the title role, with Conlan Carter as legal assistant C. E. Carruthers and Janet De Gore as Jones' secretary; the program ran in the 10:30 pm Eastern half-hour slot on Friday. It returned in April 1962 for 13 additional episodes on Thursdays. In 1963, Whitmore played Captain William Benteen in The Twilight Zone episode "On Thursday We Leave for Home." He appeared twice in Twelve O'Clock High. In 1965, Whitmore guest-starred as Col. Paul "Pappy" Hartley in Season 1, Episode 32 "The Hero" and as Col. Harry Connelly in 1966 Season 3, Episode 12 "The Ace", he appeared in an episode of Combat! Titled "The Cassock", as a German officer masquerading as a Catholic priest. In 1967, he guest-starred as a security guard in The Invaders episode, "Quantity: Unknown"; that same year, Whitmore appeared on an episode of ABC's Custer starring Wayne Maunder in the title role. In 1968, he appea
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954, his early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. In 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.
In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures and audio recording, he was known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies, he convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.
Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. In 1906, his family moved to Spokane and in 1913, his father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Avenue; the house sits on the campus of Gonzaga University. It functions today as a museum housing over 200 artifacts from his life and career, including his Oscar, he was the fourth of seven children: brothers Laurence Earl, Everett Nathaniel, Edward John, George Robert. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, a bookkeeper, Catherine Helen "Kate", his mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of English descent. Through another line on his father's side, Crosby is descended from Mayflower passenger William Brewster. On November 8, 1937, after Lux Radio Theatre's adaptation of She Loves Me Not, Joan Blondell asked Crosby how he got his nickname: Crosby: "Well, I'll tell you, back in the knee-britches day, when I was a wee little tyke, a mere broth of a lad, as we say in Spokane, I used to totter around the streets, with a gun on each hip, my favorite after school pastime was a game known as "Cops and Robbers", I didn't care which side I was on, when a cop or robber came into view, I would haul out my trusty six-shooters, made of wood, loudly exclaim bing! bing!, as my luckless victim fell clutching his side, I would shout bing! bing!, I would let him have it again, as his friends came to his rescue, shooting as they came, I would shout bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing!"Blondell: "I'm surprised they didn't call you "Killer" Crosby!
Now tell me another story, Grandpa! Crosby: "No, so help me, it's the truth, ask Mister De Mille."De Mille: "I'll vouch for it, Bing."That story was pure whimsy for dramatic effect and the truth is that a neighbor - Valentine Hobart - named him "Bingo from Bingville" after a comic feature in the local paper called "The Bingville Bugle" which the young Harry liked. In time, Bingo got shortened to Bing. In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium," where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held him spellbound with ad libbing and parodies of Hawaiian songs, he described Jolson's delivery as "electric."Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. He did not earn a degree; as a freshman, he played on the university's baseball team. The university granted him an honorary doctorate in 1937. Today, Gonzaga University houses a large collection of photographs and other material related to Crosby.
In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself. Al Rinker, Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, who performed at dances both for high school students and club-goers; the group disbanded after two years. Crosby and Al Rinker obtained work at the Clemmer Theatre in Spokane. Crosby was a member of a vocal trio called'The Three Harmo
Donna Corcoran is an American former child actress who appeared in several Hollywood films of the early 1950s. She most notably appeared in two aquatic musicals that featured Esther Williams, as a vulnerable girl being victimized by an disturbed babysitter in a more serious drama, Don't Bother to Knock. After making her last film in 1955, she made a token comeback as a young adult in an episode of the long-running television sit-com My Three Sons in the early 1960s before leaving acting altogether. Corcoran was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to William "Bill" Corcoran, Sr. and the former Kathleen McKenney. Several of her siblings were child stars, including younger sister Noreen Corcoran, who played Kelly Gregg on John Forsythe's Bachelor Father. Two younger brothers went into acting: Kevin Anthony Corcoran, a star of various Walt Disney films and a director and producer, Kelly Corcoran, as a child star, appeared in the Barry Sullivan western series The Road West. Another brother, Brian Corcoran worked in television as a youth.
Angels in the Outfield Don't Bother to Knock Million Dollar Mermaid Dangerous When Wet Scandal at Scourie Gypsy Colt Moonfleet Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen, pp. 45-49. Donna Corcoran on IMDb
Lone Star (1952 film)
Lone Star is a 1952 Western film starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Broderick Crawford, Ed Begley, Lionel Barrymore as President Andrew Jackson. The film marks the first screen appearance by then-13-year-old George Hamilton, playing beside Barrymore in the role of Jackson's servant; the movie is considered both a romance, set in Texas shortly before statehood. Devereaux Burke gets a personal request from former President Andrew Jackson to facilitate the annexation of Texas into the United States. Opposition to annexation is gaining favor because it is mistakenly believed that Texas pioneer Sam Houston opposes statehood; the opposition leader is wealthy rancher Thomas Craden, but when Craden is ambushed by Comanches, Dev comes to his rescue. Dev and Craden travel to Austin. Craden does not know Dev supports annexation when he invites him to a dinner he planned that night for a number of senators at his home; when the senators will not all agree to vote against annexation, Craden refuses them permission to leave.
Dev is allowed to leave, but soon returns with a group of armed men to rescue the senators and reveal his support for annexation. The senators inform Dev that Sam Houston is on the other side of the Pecos River, negotiating a peace treaty with the Apache. Dev is followed by Craden. Dev and Craden find Houston with the Apache. Dev gets a signed letter from Houston telling of his actual position, but the ink smears when he falls into a river while fleeing from Craden's men. Dev has difficulty persuading Martha that he is telling the truth, but after confirming the facts with Craden, she publishes the correct story about Houston's position; when the people of Austin are told the truth of Houston's position, they rally in support of annexation. Craden resorts to force to stop the Texas Congress from voting on annexation. Dev is called on to organize the defense of the Texas Congress. Craden attacks the fort-like congress building with several dozens of armed men on horseback. Dev leads the defenders as they repulse two waves of attack, but the battle begins to turn against them during the third wave of attack.
Houston arrives with the Apache just in time to end the battle. Dev and Craden fight each other hand-to-hand. Annexation succeeds, Craden concedes, Dev wins Martha over and saves the day. Clark Gable as Devereaux Burke Ava Gardner as Martha Ronda Broderick Crawford as Tom Craden Lionel Barrymore as Andrew Jackson Beulah Bondi as Minniver Bryan Ed Begley as Anthony Demmet James Burke as Luther Kilgore William Farnum as Tom Crockett Lowell Gilmore as Captain Elliott Moroni Olsen as Sam Houston Russell Simpson as Maynard Cole William Conrad as Mizette Ric Roman as Gurau Nacho Galindo as Vincente George Hamilton as Noah Mitchell Lewis as Senator According to MGM records, the film made $2,478,000 in the US and Canada and $1,444,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $990,000. Lone Star on IMDb Lone Star at AllMovie
King Donovan was an American film and television actor, as well as a film and television director. His film acting work includes Jack in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In 1948, Donovan appeared on Broadway in The Vigil. In 1968, he toured with his wife Imogene Coca in a production of You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running. Notable television roles include Jake Clampett for two episodes of CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies, Blanche Morton's brother Roger Baker on eight episodes of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Harvey Helm in a 17-episode stint on NBC's The Bob Cummings Show. Donovan appeared in six episodes as Chris Norman of It's a Great Life, a sitcom with Frances Bavier, James Dunn and Michael O'Shea, which aired on NBC from 1954 to 1956. About this time, he guest starred on Ray Bolger's ABC sitcom, Where's Raymond? and the NBC sitcom, The People's Choice, with Jackie Cooper. He guest starred on the David Janssen crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
He played Mark Dawson in the 1959 Maverick episode "Maverick Springs". He was in Wanted: Dead or Alive in the 1959 episode "Bad Gun" as the gun dealer Sheridan Appleby, in which he tries to recover a defective pistol that he had sold to an outlaw, he and Steve McQueen rescue a kidnapped senator's daughter when the faulty firearm explodes in the face of the bad guy. Donovan guest starred as Paddy Britt in the 1960 episode "The Boy from Pittsburgh" of the NBC western series, starring Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds and set in the 1840s. Child actor Tom Nolan was cast in the title role as Tommy Jones, a stowaway on the vessel, the Enterprise. In the story line, series lead character Grey Holden transports a box of diamonds, unknowing that a pickpocket has taken the gems and switched the contents of the box. Mona Freeman appeared in this episode as Louise Rutherford, a beautiful widow, with other roles for the character actors Francis De Sales and Robert Emhardt. In 1963, he played the part of Poke Tolliver in the episode "Incident of the Buryin' Man" on CBS's Rawhide.
Between 1965 and 1967, Donovan had a recurring role as neighbor Herb---whose mission in life seemed to be getting from his house through the study window of professor Jim Nash in less than a full minute---on the situation comedy Please Don't Eat the Daisies. In 1963 Donovan directed the film Promises! Promises!, which received attention as the first Hollywood sound film to feature a mainstream film star nude. The same year Donovan directed two episodes of Grindl, which starred his wife Imogene Coca and two more the next year. Donovan married comedienne Imogene Coca on October 17, 1960, remained married to her until he died of cancer on Tuesday, June 30, 1987, in the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut. Donovan filmed scenes for an undetermined role in the 1949 film I Was a Male War Bride, but his scenes were deleted. King Donovan on IMDb King Donovan at the Internet Broadway Database King Donovan at the Internet Off-Broadway Database "KING DONOVAN IS DEAD AT 69. New York Times. July 4, 1987.