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Author @ the Library: "Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion," with David Rothenberg, Fortune Society founder.

March 19, 2013

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Mid-Manhattan Library

The author’s multilayered life thrust him into Broadway’s brightest lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war. His journey includes many of the most celebrated names in the theater: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Sir John Gielgud, Charles Boyer, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Charles Laughton, Alvin Ailey, and numerous others. He produced an Off-Broadway prison drama, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, which reshaped his life. John Herbert’s chilling play led directly to the creation of the Fortune Society, which has evolved into one of the nation’s most formidable advocacy and service organizations in criminal justice. He shares these life-shaping experiences and many more, those with stars and presidents and with anonymous men and women who, once out of prison, fought to reclaim their lives.  As often as not, the human drama of the formerly incarcerated is a match for that of the entertainment world's most fabled characters.