Historical Society to discuss stars who lived in Great Neck Sept. 17

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Groucho Marx is among the many stars who called Great Neck their home in the 20th century. The Great Neck Historical Society will discuss the “Stars of Great Neck” at a program, free and open to the community, at Great Neck House on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Library Local History Collection)

Many stage and screen entertainers flocked to Great Neck over the years and called the community their home. The Great Neck Historical Society is presenting a discussion about “The Stars of Great Neck” on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Great Neck House, free and open to the public.

The Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields. George M. Cohan, Ed Wynn, Lillian Russell, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Lew Fields, Raymond Hitchcock, Marilyn Miller, Olive Thomas, Oscar Hammerstein, Eugene O’Neill, Ring Lardner, P.G. Wodehouse, Basil Rathbone, Maurice Chevalier, Paulette Goddard, Sid Caesar and Alan King are just some of the famous show business folk who resided in Great Neck during the halcyon decades of the 20th century.

Author, critic and Great Neck resident Trav S.D. (Travis Stewart) will present an informative Who’s Who of the fascinating people who inhabited the community “back in the day,” accompanied by an entertaining slide show.

Trav S.D. is best known for his critically-acclaimed books “No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous” and “Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to YouTube,” and for his popular show business blog “Travalanche” (travsd.wordpress.com).

He has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and numerous other publications, and has spoken at the Great Neck Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, Columbia University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, and scores of other locations around the country.

Further information about the program is available by visiting the Historical Society website, www.GreatNeckHistorical.org or calling 288-6124.

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