Monday, 29 April 2019

780) Clarence Shepard Day, Jr. and his family

Clarence Shepard Day, Sr. (1844 - 1927, stockbroker), Lavinia Day (born Stockwell,1852-1929) and their sons Clarence Shepard Day, Jr. (1874 – 1935, writer), George Parmly (founder of the Yale University Press), Whitney and Harlan.
Lavinia Day's four brothers Brutus, Levi, Alden and Norris Stockwell.
Clarence Day, Jr,'s most famous work is the autobiographical Life with Father (1935), which detailed humorous episodes in his family's life, centering on his domineering father, during the 1890s in New York City. Scenes from the book, along with its 1932 predecessor, God and My Father, and its 1937 sequel, Life with Mother, published posthumously, were the basis for the 1939 play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, which became one of Broadway's longest-running non-musical hits. In 1947—the year the play ended on Broadway—William Powell and Irene Dunne portrayed Day's parents in the film of the same name, which received Oscar nominations for cinematography, art direction, musical score and best actor (Powell). Life with Father also became a popular 1953–1955 television sitcom.

- "We all had red hair, and got angry in a second, but in a minute or two it was over."

- "... he had a club foot and I had about the brightest red hair a boy could have. There was red hair on both sides of my family [...] Then my little brothers, one by one, started coming to school too, and they were all red-headed."…

- "All four brothers were lively by nature--athletic, red-headed men... Father was athletic and lively, and he had red hair too.... If Mother had ever heard of this she wouldn't have waited a second, she'd have pinned a big hat on her own wavy red hair right away,"

- "His four rambunctious, red-headed boys, including Clarence Jr., were enrolled in prep school..."

Clarence Shepard Day, Jr.

Clarence Shepard Day, Sr.

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