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From Lomaland to Broadway

From Lomaland to Broadway

Chapter:
(p.9) Chapter 1 From Lomaland to Broadway
Source:
The Crime Films of Anthony Mann
Author(s):
Max Alvarez
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039249.003.0002

This chapter begins with an examination of Mann’s upbringing in the hands of Theosophists at the “Lomaland” Theosophical commune near San Diego, where he was born Emile Anton Bundsmann in 1906. Mann, whose Austrian Catholic father and Jewish-American mother converted to Theosophy, was exposed to arts and culture from infancy until 14. Upon joining his mother in New Jersey, Mann dropped out of high school to pursue acting work on the Manhattan stage. His theatrical career received a boost in 1927 when he was cast in a Broadway staging of Jean Bart’s The Squall. In 1931, Mann married his first wife and also appeared on stage for the last time in Henrik Ibsen’s The Pillars of Society, produced for the New York Repertory Company. The actor was fired after clashing with the show’s producer and subsequently chose to abandon acting in favour of the more powerful role of stage director.

Keywords:   Theosophy, Lomaland, acting, Broadway, Jean Bart, Ibsen

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