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Harry Dean StantonHollywood's Zen Rebel$
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Joseph B. Atkins

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180106

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180106.001.0001

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From the Lexington Stage to a New York Park Bench

From the Lexington Stage to a New York Park Bench

(p.33) 3 From the Lexington Stage to a New York Park Bench
Harry Dean Stanton

Joseph B. Atkins

University Press of Kentucky

This wide-ranging chapter follows Harry Dean Stanton in his first years after military service. He returned to Lexington, Kentucky, and enrolled at the University of Kentucky, eventually making his way to the university's Guignol Theatre where a performance as Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion convinced him to pursue a career in acting. He continued his studies at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse in California, spending several years there before signing up with a traveling, all-male chorus group that took him across the country. Like many actors, including his fellow Kentuckian and future friend Warren Oates, Harry Dean tried to put his training to work in New York City, but after spending more time on park benches than the stage he joined with the Strawbridge Children's Theater and was back traveling cross-country. He tired of this before long, and it was back to California, this time for good.

Keywords:   Lexington, Guignol Theatre, University of Kentucky, Pygmalion, Pasadena Playhouse, Strawbridge Children's Theater

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