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Lynn Fontanne
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    (December 6, 1887-July 30, 1983)
    Birth name is Lillie Louise Fontanne
    Married to actor Alfred Lunt
    Acted in 'Second Youth (1924), 'The Man Who Found Himself (1925)' and 'The Guardsman (1931)'
    Appeared onstage in 'Idiot's Delight,' 'Design for Living,' 'There Shall Be No Night,' 'Elizabeth the Queen,' 'The Seagull,' 'The Visit,' 'Quadrille,' 'The Pirate,' Strange Interlude,' 'Arms and the Man,' 'Pygmalion' and 'The Taming of the Shrew'
    Cole Porter based his musical 'Kiss Me Kate' on the backstage bickering between her and her husband while they were performing 'The Taming of the Shrew.'
    Because almost all her work was on the stage, she is virtually unknown by the general public despite being an enormous star during her lifetime.
    She had it written into her contract that she didn't have to perform during the summer.
    She lied about her age to the point that her husband died thinking she was five years younger than him even though she was actually five years older.
    She said 'I lied to everybody. I lie very well, being an actress, naturally.'
    She was married to actor Alfred Lunt for over 50 years.
    She acted with her husband exclusively since 1929.
    They took enormous pay cuts (from $900 per week to $300 per week) to sign on with The Theatre Guild (a fledgling company dedicated to performing new and avant-garde work).
    They are considered the most illustrious acting team in the theater.
    Noel Coward predicted that they would get married, they would all become stars, and the three of them would act in a play Coward wrote.
    The prediction came true when the three of them starred in Coward's 'Design for Living,' one of the biggest hits of the 1930s.
    She received an Oscar nomination for her only talkie, 'The Guardsman' (1931).
    She is honored on a postage stamp.
    She and her husband have a Broadway theater named after them.
    She won an Emmy for 'The Magnificent Yankee.'
    She won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.
    She was a recipient of the Kennedy Center honors.

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