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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Thinking about Free to Be

Thinking about Free to Be

(p.59) Thinking about Free to Be
When We Were Free to Be

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University of North Carolina Press

This chapter tells the story of how Marlo Thomas phoned the author, told him about her idea for a children's record, and asked him to take part. They had worked together on a movie, Jenny, and had become good friends. The author knew that this wasn't just an idea—it was something that would actually happen, and in a very classy way. Marlo is one of those extraordinary people who decides to do something, gets on the phone, gets people organized, and makes it happen. The author knew it was a great idea. It combined show business with a deeper purpose they both cared about. The author learned at an early age how powerful theater can be. His father started in burlesque, was later in vaudeville, and then moved on to movies, television, and the Broadway stage.

Keywords:   Marlo Thomas, children's record, movie, show business, theater

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