Marc Connelly, Husband of Madeline Hurlock

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Today is the birthday of playwright Marc Connelly (1890-1980), member of the Algonquin Roundtable, frequent collaborator of George S. Kaufman, and 1930 Pulitzer Prize winner for the first all-black Broadway show The Green Pastures.

But NONE of that is even REMOTELY as impressive to me as the fact that for five years (1930-1935) he was married to silent film beauty Madeline Hurlock (who later traded up by marrying the much better playwright Robert Sherwood).

I’m not even remotely kidding or exaggerating when I say I find the most interesting thing about Connelly is his marriage to Hurlock. To learn more about her, who was a fox and not a bald, mediocre playwright, go here. 

For more on silent and slapstick comedy please see my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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To find out more about show business past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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