Title Actor Gilmor Brown: Portrait of a Man & an Idea booklet 1933 Pasadena CA
Seller ID 1390944
5 1/2 x 8", 28-page publication. GayHistoryWiki says "Gilmor Brown (1886-1960)
George Gilmor Brown, who went by his middle name of Gilmor, was born in New Salem, North Dakota to Orville and Emma Brown. There has been a great deal of confusion regarding his birth date and age. At the time of his death in 1960 no one was quite sure how old he was and estimated his age to be about 80, but in reality he was younger. In the 1900 census his birth is given by his parents as June 1886, in the 1910 census he says he was 23 (born c1887), on his WWI draft card he puts his birth date as June 16, 1884, in the 1920 census he gave his age as 36 (born c1884) and in the 1930 census his age was given as 45 (born c.1885) - but in every single ship manifest, of which there are several, he gives his birth date as June 16, 1890. As an average, and being that his parents would be the most accurate source, I'm supposing his birth date to be June 16, 1886. He was raised and attended High School in Denver, Colorado where he was first introduced to theater and would join a touring theater troup after graduation. The Brown family came to Pasadena in 1914 and Gilmor opened a cigar and billiards shop at 83 N Fair Oaks avenue. His brother and father helped him manage the business. In 1917 his brother also becomes the manager of the Savoy Theater and by 1918 Gilmor had started work on a local community play house. The first mention of it in any official record (that I have found to date) is Gilmor's 1918 draft card on which he gives his occupation as "Managing Director of community players". This company would later become known as the now famous Pasadena Playhouse and is considered to be one of the companies responsible for the community playhouse movement. Historian William J. Mann, in his book "Behind the Screen", wrote the following: "At the Pasadena Playhouse, Gilmor Brown acted as a kind of godfather to many rising male stars, escorting them to important theater and film-industry functions."
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