Theatre: Dean Hampden

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When John Drew died in July 1927, the deanship of the U. S. stage passed from the Drawing Room to the Library. It might have gone into the Bed Room, but aging David Belasco had long since carried his pawkiness beyond the point where he could command respectful attention. Besides, vague though the title is, the Dean of the Stage should be an actor, if possible.

The Barrymores, though actually of Hampden's age (John is now 47; Lionel, 50; Hampden, 48) seemed too young. Otis Skinner...

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