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Lynn Fontanne

Lynn Fontanne (actress; born December 6, 1887, Essex, England; died July 30, 1983) Lynn Fontanne was once described by a drama critic as "one of our two most gifted comic actors" (the other one was Fontanne's husband and stage partner, Alfred Lunt). Fontanne was born on December 6, 1887, to Jules Pierre Antoine Fontanne, a brass type founder, and Frances Ellen Fontanne. When she was 10, she was first introduced to the theater when she was taken to a country play in Woodford. She decided that night that acting was what she wished to do with her life. At the age of 15, Fontanne went to study with the great Shakespearean actress, Ellen Terry.