This evening we had a memorial dinner for Bronson Dudley, the father of my (step)daughter Jane and the first husband of my wife Liz.
Among those present were Jane and her husband Scott , Liz and I, Bronson's widow Caroline, Jane's second cousin Carol, and other friends and neighbors.
Bronson was an actor and playwright (I am reminded that W. S. Gilbert insisted on being called a dramatist rather than a playwright.) None of his plays hit it big, but he had a successful early career as a dancer on the stage and a late career as a character actor in TV and films. His most memorable film role was Bill in Steve Buscemi's 1996 Trees Lounge. The picture at the right is from that film. Bronson was born January 27, 1920 and died Shrove Tuesday, February 20, 2007. At the request of his widow Caroline, the announcement of his death was delayed.
A little Googling found me this item from Time, dated Monday May 11, 1936 (I was 20 days old) about Bronson's older sister Doris:
In the Manhattan apartment of 30-year-old Pulitzer Prize Dramatist (Men in White) Sidney Kingsley, blonde Actress Doris Dudley (End of Summer), 18-year-old daughter of Radio Theatre Critic Bide Dudley, flounced into the bathroom, shot herself in the breast with a .22 rifle. A suicide note was found. Day after the shooting, which caused only a minor wound, the two renewed announcement of their engagement, said the suicide story was bosh, that the shooting was an accident.
You gotta remember, folks, that one of my hats is as a genealogist (aka family historian), and I just report what I find.
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