Photo Flash: Actors' Equity Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Woodlawn Cemetery Walking Tour
Led by Woodlawn historian Susan Olsen on September 29, Actors' Equity's 100th anniversary tour visited those who established the AEA in 1913, the leaders of the 1919 "Revolt of the Actors" strike, and those who have worked to support actors, writers, and the New York theatre community. Scroll down for a photo!
One highlight of the tour was the stop at the grave of the silent film actress and one-time "Most Beautiful Girl in New York," Olive Thomas Pickford. September 29 is Olive's death anniversary, and the AEA tour encountered two women who had come to Woodlawn on their own to commemorate Olive. After becoming friends through their mutual collecting of historic ephemera, the two women chose to meet at Woodlawn to honor Olive's legacy.
Another highlight was the visit to the gravesite of stage and silent film star Laurette Taylor Manners, famous for her portrayal of Tennessee Williams' female lead Amanda Wingfield. Tour participants remarked that actors who take on the role of Amanda Wingfield today continue to invoke the incredible standard set by Ms. Manners' portrayal. Roses recently placed at Ms. Manners' Woodlawn gravesite reveal fans' continued admiration of her work and legacy.
Arne Gundersen, President of the Actors' Equity Foundation, laid flowers on the grave of Clarence Derwent on a special Revolt of the Actors' tour at Woodlawn Cemetery, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Actors' Equity Association. He's joined in the photo by Anne Fortuno and Tom Miller, staff members of the Actors' Equity Foundation.