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Celebrating the members of the League of Professional Theatre Women

Lynne Rogers

Lynne Rogers, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenActor, Author, Spokeswoman
New York, New York USA

Where do I look for inspiration?
I don’t have to look for inspiration — it’s here, everywhere, every day, there’s always something marvelous, something totally unexpected, that starts you thinking… colors your day…..

My favorite book?
I Never Saw An Arab Like Him – a collection of short stories written by my husband, James Maxwell, who gave the book to me shortly after we’d met. As it turned out, I’d already read and admired them — in The New Yorker.

What play or production changed your life?
You’ll think this is crazy, but it was an elementary school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was in fifth grade. At this time New York had the finest school system in the nation, and our teachers expected a great deal from us. Each week, a class had to perform some kind of activity on the auditorium stage, in front of the whole school. I was a chubby Titania; my mother made my costume — as did all the other mothers, I suppose. We’d rehearse after school; no one seemed to have any trouble learning the lines. Nobody forgot. And when we finished, everybody applauded! What a wonderful time! Everything about acting was such fun!

And then, of course, there was Let’s Pretend — on the radio each Saturday morning, where children played all the parts, just as we had in school. I just had to see that show! Some time later I was working with those wonderful actors… several of whom are still performing today.

My best escape?
I love to walk. From my house to Central Park and Lincoln Center there’s another world.

I feel most like myself?
When I’m working. I love rehearsal – we get to those moments/find those places where we know we have to be …..

What no one knows about me? I wish I knew.

Lynne Rogers’ many TV appearances included many years as a leading lady on Guiding Light; she worked with Yul Brynner, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Abe Burrows, Alan Ludden and Betty White. Author of four books, including co-author (with Mari Lyn Henry) of How to be a Working Actor. Served on the boards for AFTRA, NATAS, and LPTW.

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