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The Lambs, America's Oldest Professional Theatrical Club, Celebrates 139th Anniversary

The Lambs, Inc., marks its 139th anniversary of incorporation.

The Lambs, America's oldest professional theatrical organization, a social club, was originally founded in London in 1868, then founded in New York Christmastime 142 years ago in 1874. The Lambs formerly incorporated in New York state on May 9th, 1877.

The Lambs received a Papal blessing from Pope John Paul II, and has been recognized by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, naming May 9th "Lambs Day" in New York City, and by Governor Andrew Cuomo, US Congressman Jerrold Nadler and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Members of The Lambs have been instrumental in the founding of The Actors' Fund of America, ASCAP, Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and AFTRA. Three Lambs were part of the merger of SAG-AFTRA, including the late Ken Howard, and board members leslie Shreve and Marc Baron. The Lambs had a World War I transport ship named in its honor, as well as a train and a cigar. Adolph Zukor formed what would become Paramount Pictures in The Lambs grille room in 1912 as the Famous Players Picture Company...and its roster of members reads like a Who's Who of entertainment, with more than 6,600 entries representing an astounding number of major awards.

Today, The Lambs remains an active club located at 3 West 51st Street, its home for 40 years.

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