A rare example of old school show biz overlapping with New York’s cultural elite. Jean Dalrymple (born this day in 1902) is best known to contemporaries as one of the founders and principal producers at City Center. Her route there was circuitous. She was a Wall Street stenographer when her boyfriend convinced her to join the dramatic sketch he was then touring the Keith Circuit with. She not only joined, but began writing her own one-act plays. From there she went on to produce major full-length shows, and also to achieve success as a major Broadway publicist. She was briefly married to New York Sun critic Ward Moorhouse in the 1930s. She passed away in 1998.
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