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LENNIE AND GEORGE ON BROADWAY

On November 23, 1937: The first stage production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. Leigh Whipper, who assumed the role of “Crooks,” reprised the role in the film adaptation. The production itself has seen numerous revivals, including a recent limited run featuring celebrated actors James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester.

 

WEDDING BELLS AT THE PIERRE

On November 23, 1983: Brooklyn native and actress Mary Tyler Moore married Dr. Robert Levine at the Pierre Hotel. Mary Tyler Moore, a New York Native, is best known for her roles on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show and in 1967’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. Moore also won an Emmy for her role in the 1980 film Ordinary People. 

 

BRUCE VILANCH

On November 23, 1948: Comedy writer and actor Bruce Vilanch was born in New York City. Vilanch is best known for his work on Hollywood Squares, but also for his work as a writer on shows such as The Donny & Marie Show, and writing for the Academy Awards.

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