BWW SPECIAL FEATURE: How I Got My Equity Card - by Angela Lansbury is proud to present its newest weekly feature, presented in association with and to celebrate the importance of the Actors' Equity Association. "AEA" or "Equity", founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 48,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members.

Check back weekly for new entries from stars of stage and screen on how they got their Equity cards!

"When I first came to New York City from England in 1940, I was fifteen. With the help of the American Theatre Wing, I got a scholarship to attend the Feagin School of Dramatic Art.

I graduated in 1942 and did the round of the NY agents. But as luck would have, I got my first chance as an actress in motion pictures. I had to wait until 1957, when I auditioned for Peter Glanville for a role in HOTEL PARADISO with Bert Lahr, to get my Equity Card.

My dream was realized, I was on Broadway at last!"

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