America's First Professional Theatrical Club - Established in 1874
ABOUT THE LAMBS
A comprehensive monograph on the history of The Lambs has been published by Lewis J. Hardee, Jr., once Historian of The Lambs, and now available entitled "The Lambs Theatre Club" and available from McFarland Publishing. A luncheon at The Lambs was held to celebrate this book. Read a report (in PDF format) on the luncheon and the book, written by Gary Shapiro as published in The N.Y. Sun 7/26/06 by clicking here. Click on the book below to order a copy.
What is The Lambs?
The history of The Lambs® extends back to the early 19th Century England when a group of lively folk of the theatre and arts frequently visited their friends, Charles Lamb and his sister Mary. In the spring of 1869,
thirty years after the death of Charles Lamb, a mens theatrical and dining club was formed in
Christmas week of 1874 a companion club was formed here in
The motto of the Club is Floreant Agni — "May The Lambs Flourish" — which, with many ups and downs, the Club has done for more than 137 years. Changing times in the early 1970's led to the sale of its landmark building on
The roster of past and living Lambs reads like a Who's Who of American Theatre and include: Fred Astaire, Red Barber, Maurice Barrymore, and his sons John and Lionel, David Belasco, Ed Begley, Ralph Bellamy, Edgar Bergman, Irving Berlin, Joe E. Brown, Earl Carroll, George M. Cohan, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Eddie Foy (Sr. & Jr.), Sir Cedric Hardwicke, William S. Hart, Victor Herbert, Bert Lahr, Alan J. Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Ring Lardner, Alan Mowbray, Conrad Nagel, Elliot Nugent, Pat OBrien, Will Rogers, Charlie Ruggles, Otis Skinner, John Philip Sousa, Fred Waring, David Warfield, Bert Wheeler, Ed Herlihy, James Montgomery Flagg, Gene Autry, Howard Chandler Christy, and Hon. Robert Wagner. A searchable listing of past members is available by selecting the Consolidated Roster. The first ever Academy Award for writing was given to a Lamb - Edwin J. Burke.
The Lambs, commonly known as The Lambs Club, is proud of its continuing contributions to charitable causes which The Lambs Foundation administers and funds. An early Shepherd of The Lambs was a leader in the founding of The Actors’ Fund of America; a close association between the Fund and The Lambs continues today. Numerous Lambs have served as Trustees of the Fund. Lambs were also instrumental in the founding of ASCAP, Screen Actors Guild and Actors' Equity Association.
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