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Lee Strasberg

January 20, 1978: Lee Strasberg talks about his craft during a two-week seminar in Germany.
Birth name Israel Lee Strassberg
Born November 17, 1901
Budzanów, Austria-Hungary
Died February 17, 1982
New York City, New York

Lee Strasberg (November 17, 1901February 17, 1982) was an American director, actor, producer, and acting teacher. He was born Israel Strassberg in Budzanów, former Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Budaniv, Ukraine), to Ida and Baruch Meyer Strassberg. Image File history File linksMetadata LeeStrasberg. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Budaniv (Ukrainian: Буданів, Polish: Budzanów, Russian: Буданов Budanov) is a village in Ternopil Oblast, Western Ukraine, near Chortkiv, Buchach. ... Austria-Hungary, also known as the Dual monarchy (or: the k. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... New York, New York redirects here. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A theatrical producer is the person ultimately responsible for overseeing all aspects of mounting a theatrical production. ... Official languages Latin, German, Hungarian Established church Roman Catholic Capital & Largest City Vienna pop. ... Budaniv (Ukrainian: Буданів, Polish(German): Budzanów, Russian: Буданов Budanov) is a city in Western Ukraine, near Chortkiv, Buchach. ...

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Career

In 1931, Lee Strasberg became one of the co-founders of the Group Theatre, a company which included such legends as Elia Kazan, John Garfield, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Franchot Tone, and Robert Lewis. It is rarely mentioned that Strasberg left the Group Theatre in 1935 because of his controversial theories on acting, mostly challenged by Stella Adler, who later visited Russian Master Acting Trainer Konstantin Stanislavski who said he abandoned the thoughts that had influenced Strasberg. In 1936, Strasberg became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1949, he began a lengthy career at the Actors Studio in New York City. Within two years, he was artistic director and the now-renowned institution's reputation flourished. Actors under his tutelage there included Geraldine Page, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Kim Stanley, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda, James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Eli Wallach, Eva Marie Saint, Robert DeNiro, Jill Clayburgh, Ellen Burstyn, Gene Wilder, Steve McQueen and Dennis Hopper. Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Group Theatre was a left-wing theater collective, formed in New York in 1931 by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg. ... Elia Kazan, (Greek: Ηλίας Καζάν, IPA: ), (September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American film and theatre director, film and theatrical producer, screenwriter, novelist and founder of the influential Actors Studio in New York in 1947. ... John Garfield John Garfield (born March 4, 1913 in New York City; died May 21, 1952 in New York City) was an American actor. ... Stella Adler (February 10, 1901 – December 21, 1992) was an American actress, and for decades was regarded as Americas foremost acting teacher. ... Sanford Meisner (August 31, 1905-February 2nd, 1997) was an actor and acting coach well known for the Meisner technique. ... Franchot Tone Franchot Tone (February 27, 1905 – September 18, 1968) was an American actor. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... A portrait of Konstantin Stanislavski by Valentin Serov. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... In law, naturalization refers to an act whereby a person acquires a citizenship different from that persons citizenship at birth. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... The Actors Studio is a theatrical school and workshop located in the Old Labor Stage on 44th Street in New York City. ... “New York, NY” redirects here. ... Geraldine Sue Page (November 22, 1924 - June 13, 1987) was an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated American actress. ... This article is about the American actor. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Kim Stanley photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1961 Kim Stanley (February 11, 1925 – August 20, 2001) was an American actress. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. ... James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American film actor. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Eli Herschel Wallach (born December 7, 1915) is an American film, TV and stage actor. ... Eva Marie Saint (born July 4, 1924) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Robert De Niro Robert De Niro, Jr. ... Jill Clayburgh (born April 30, 1944) is an American actress of stage, motion pictures, and television. ... Ellen Burstyn (born December 7, 1932 as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an Academy Award-nominated American comedic actor who is perhaps best known, not only for his role as Willy Wonka, but also for his collaborations with Mel Brooks, most notably Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. ... Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American movie actor, nicknamed The King of Cool. He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s due to a popular anti-hero persona. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ...


In 1966, he established the "Actors Studio West" in Los Angeles. In 1969, he began the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles.[1] 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is one of the most prestigious acting schools in the world and was founded by pioneer, Lee Strasberg, in 1969. ...


While rarely stepping in front of the camera himself (he appeared in just seven films), he received most attention for the role of Hyman Roth in The Godfather: Part II. Roth is an elderly Jewish organized crime figure retired to Miami, having become the overlord of criminal enterprise in Cuba; in the course of the film he incurs the wrath of Michael Corleone, played by Strasberg's former student Al Pacino. Strasberg received an Academy Award nomination for this performance, losing to Robert DeNiro, another one of his former students. Hyman Roth (December 28, 1892-March 6, 1959) is a fictional character (based heavily on real-life gangster Meyer Lansky), who plays a pivotal role in the film The Godfather Part II. He was portrayed by Lee Strasberg, a well-respected acting teacher, in one of his few screen roles. ... Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II The Godfather, Part II is the 1974 sequel to The Godfather. ... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... Michael Corleone (December 25, 1920 – December 29, 1997) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


Strasberg is considered by many to be the patriarch of American "method" acting. He provided inspiration for generations of actors during his lifetime and a lasting legacy for generations to come. Modern theater thought, however, seems to be more captivated with simpler, less self-indulgent acting methods like those of Sanford Meisner and David Mamet. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sanford Meisner (August 31, 1905-February 2nd, 1997) was an actor and acting coach well known for the Meisner technique. ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director. ...


Personal life

The rock at Lee Strasberg's grave at Westchester Hills Cemetery
The rock at Lee Strasberg's grave at Westchester Hills Cemetery

He was married to his second wife, the actress and drama coach Paula Strasberg from 1934 until her death from cancer in 1966. They were the parents of actress Susan Strasberg and acting teacher John Strasberg. Lee Strasberg's third wife was the former Anna Mizrahi, a Sephardic Jew who was born in Venezuela and the mother of his two youngest children, David and Adam. Image File history File linksMetadata Lee_Strasberg_800. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Lee_Strasberg_800. ... The Westchester Hills Cemetery, approximately 20 miles north of New York City, was established at 400 Saw Mill River Road in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York. ... Paula Strasberg was born Paula Miller in New York City circa 1911. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Susan Strasberg Susan Strasberg (May 22, 1938 – January 21, 1999) was a Jewish-American actress. ... John Strasberg is the multitalented son (actor, director, master teacher, producer, designer, writer) and the last living member of the original Strasbergs Lee and Paula (Miller) Strasberg, central figures in the Group Theater and the Actors Studio, and the brother of the late actress Susan Strasberg. ... In the strictest sense, a Sephardi (ספרדי, Standard Hebrew Səfardi, Tiberian Hebrew Səp̄ardî; plural Sephardim: ספרדים, Standard Hebrew Səfardim, Tiberian Hebrew Səp̄ardîm) is a Jew original to the...


Lee Strasberg died of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 80; his eldest children and only grandchild were disinherited in the will. Strasberg is interred at Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... The Westchester Hills Cemetery, approximately 20 miles north of New York City, was established at 400 Saw Mill River Road in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York. ... Hastings-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... NY redirects here. ...


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was a student of Strasberg's, and he helped her throughout her life. Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ...


His daughter Susan wrote the best-selling book Marilyn and Me: sisters, rivals, friends (published after Lee's death, and probably in light of disinheriting his children), which recounted her relationship with her "surrogate sister". Monroe was 29 when she became Strasberg's favorite student. Over eight years the screen goddess was a sisterly friend and household rival of aspiring actress Susan Strasberg, just 17 when they met. Susan for a time shared her bedroom with the envied intruder, object of the paternal adulation of her father. In the book, Susan swings between admiration and disillusionment with Monroe (Susan describes Monroe as someone who sketched, wrote poetry and sympathized with underdogs when she wasn't floundering in depressed insomnia or drug-induced paranoia). A convert to Judaism after her marriage to Arthur Miller, she peppered her conversation with Yiddishisms.


In her final will, Monroe left Strasberg total control of 75% of her estate, including the licensing of her image as gratitude for his mentorship and kindness before and after she became a star. In her will, Monroe expressed her desire that Strasberg, or, if he predeceased her, her executor, "distribute (these) among my friends, colleagues and those to whom I am devoted."


Strasberg willed the rights to his widow Anna, who never met Monroe but who today administers the estate. It still earns millions of dollars in licensing fees whenever an advertiser or manufacturer uses Monroe's image.


Anna declared that she would never sell Monroe's personal items after successfully suing Odyssey Auctions in 1994 to prevent the sale of items that Strasberg withheld from Monroe's former business manager Inez Melson. However, in October 1999 Christie's auctioned the bulk of Monroe's personal effects - the auction netted $13.4 million. Julien's staged a second auction of Monroe's personal effects in 2005. The Christies auction house in South Kensington, London Christies American branch in Rockefeller Center, New York Christies is a fine art auction house, the largest and by some accounts the oldest in the world. ...


Work on Broadway

Note: All works are plays and the original productions unless otherwise noted.

  • Four Walls (1927) - Actor
  • The Vegetable (1929) - Director
  • Red Rust (1929) - Actor
  • Green Grow the Lilacs (1931) - Actor
  • The House of Connelly (1931) - Co-Director
  • 1931 (1931) - Director
  • Success Story (1932) - Director
  • Men in White (1933) - Director
  • Gentlewoman (1934) - Director
  • Gold Eagle Guy (1934) - Director
  • Paradise Lost (1935) - Produced by Group Theatre
  • Case of Clyde Griffiths (1936) - Director, Produced by Group Theatre
  • Johnny Johnson (1936) - Director, Produced by Group Theatre
  • Many Mansions (1937) - Director
  • Golden Boy (1937) - Produced by Group Theatre
  • Roosty (1938) - Director
  • Casey Jones (1938) - Produced by Group Theatre
  • All the Living (1938) - Director
  • Dance Night (1938) - Director
  • Rocket to the Moon (1938) - Produced by Group Theatre
  • The Gentle People (1939) - Produced by Group Theatre
  • Awake and Sing! (1939), revival - Produced by Group Theatre
  • Summer Night (1939) - Director
  • Night Music (1940) - Produced by Group Theatre
  • The Fifth Column (1940) - Director
  • Clash by Night (1941) - Director
  • A Kiss for Cinderella (1942), revival - Director
  • R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) (1942), revival - Director
  • Apology (1943) - Producer and Director
  • South Pacific (1943, apparently no relation to the Broadway musical South Pacific) - Director
  • Skipper Next to God (1948) - Director
  • The Big Knife (1949) - Director
  • The Closing Door (1949) - Director
  • The Country Girl (1950) - Co-Producer
  • Peer Gynt (1951), (revival) - Director
  • Strange Interlude (1963), (revival) - Produced by The Actors Studio - Tony Award Co-nomination for Best Producer of a Play
  • Marathon '33 (1963) - Production supervisor
  • The Three Sisters (1964), (revival) - Director, Produced by The Actors Studio

Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... Green Grow the Lilacs is a folk song of Irish origin that was popular in the United States during the mid 1800s. ... Paul Green (17 March 1894 - 4 May 1981) American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. ... A theatrical producer is the person ultimately responsible for overseeing all aspects of mounting a theatrical production. ... Johnny Johnson is a musical written by Kurt Weill (music) and Paul Green (book and lyrics), with direction by Lee Strasberg and musical direction by Lehman Engel. ... Golden Boy is the title of a play by Clifford Odets, first staged in 1937 by the Group Theatre. ... Casey Jones is a 1938 play by Robert Ardrey. ... A revival is a restaging of a former hit play at a later date. ... Fifth Column can refer to either: An allusion by National General Mola during the Spanish Civil War. ... Clash by Night is a 1952 black-and-white film noir/drama starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas and Robert Ryan, with an effective appearance by Marilyn Monroe. ... R.U.R. (Rossums Universal Robots) is a science fiction play by Karel Čapek. ... A theatrical producer is the person ultimately responsible for overseeing all aspects of mounting a theatrical production. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... South Pacific is a musical play, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. When it first opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, it was produced by Leland Hayward and directed by Joshua Logan. ... Peer Gynt is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. ... Strange Interlude is an experimental play by the great American playwright Eugene ONeill. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Three Sisters is a play, written in 1900 and first produced in 1901, by Russian author Anton Chekhov. ...

See also

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

External links

Internet Broadway Database The Internet Broadway Database (IBDb) is an online database of Broadway theatre productions and their personnel. ...

References

  1. ^ A Timeline of Lee

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