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My View: The Blacklist at the Friars Club

The Friars Club remembered a dark time in American history yesterday afternoon with a panel discussion led by Christine Pedi exploring the Hollywood Blacklist and McCarthyism in America.   The panel included the sons and daughters of famous actors and writers who suffered being Blacklisted during the late 1940’s early 50’s.  The panel consisted of Kate Draper, daughter of Paul Draper, Julie Garfield, daughter of John Garfield, Joe Gilford, son of Jack Gilford, Kate Lardner, daughter of Ring Lardner, Jr. and Josh Mostel, son of Zero Mostel.  They all related remembrances of the difficult time their parents had because of their inability to be employed during the the McCarthy era.  

Kate Draper, Joe Gilford, Kate Lardner, Julie garfield, Josh Mostel, Christine Pedi
Bob Spiotto
Julie Garfield & John Garfield
Julie Garfield
Josh Mostel
Joe Gilford
Kate Draper, Joe Gilford, Kate Lardner
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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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