My great-great Aunt: Elizabeth Risdon-Evans
played "Abe Lincoln",
both Elizabeth Todd and Nancy Green.
My great-great Aunt Elizabeth Risdon and Raymond Massey in a 1939 still from the original film of the play.
Hollis Resnik and Wendy Barrie-Wilson
in Indiana Rep's production of Abe Lincoln.
great-great Aunt Elizabeth Risdon and Uncle Brandon Evans were members
of the Theatre Guild (Mrs. Patrick Campbell brought her over to America
to work on a Shaw play, the story goes),and worked with Lunt and Fontanne
on many plays. Often after Lyn Fontanne originated a role, like Nina in
"Strange Interlude", my Aunt would then tour it around the country.
I have always wanted to do this play and the roles my Aunt did . The still is from a book by H.E. Barker, "Abraham Lincoln, His Life in Illinois", published 1940, with pictures from movie they did based on the play. Liz and Brandy were the only relatives that I knew to have been in The Biz. Liz is listed in Lincoln Center's Theatre archive files, where I understand many of her papers have been donated.
When there, you can view my autograph
in the actors book that the librarians keep. (My signature is just
below Baryshnikov's name.)
Letter from Helen Hayes to me.