PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MAY 13

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and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez
13 May 2014

1907 Writer-playwright Daphne du Maurier is born to actor Gerald and actress Muriel du Maurier. Daphne will later adapt her novel Rebecca into a play.

1919 St. John Ervine's drama depicting life in Ireland, John Ferguson, is the Theatre Guild's first success. Augustin Duncan stages and plays the lead. It will run 177 performances at Broadway's Garrick Theatre.

1924 Composer Louis Hirsch dies today in New York City. He composed music for three of the Ziegfeld Follies, and The Honeymoon Express among others. He was 37 years old.

1964 English actress Diana Wynyard, 58, dies today in London. She made her professional debut in London in 1925. In 1932 she debuted on Broadway in The Devil Passes. She was the first wife of film director Carol Reed.

1973 Christopher Plummer noses his way into the Palace Theatre via a musical version of Cyrano. The Michael J. Lewis-Anthony Burgess show will win Plummer a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical.

1999 John Rando directs Erin Dilly and Clea Lewis in the new Off-Broadway comedy, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Three couples find themselves in relationship turmoil at 3 AM in Peter Ackerman's comedy at the Promenade Theatre.

2006 Joan Diener, 76, the actress who lustily played Aldonza/Dulcinea in the original Broadway production of Man of La Mancha, dies of cancer in Manhattan.

2011 Pam Gems, who found stage plays in the lives of persons as diverse as French chanteuse Edith Piaf and English painter Stanley Spencer, dies at age 85. Her plays included Queen Christina, Piaf, Stanley and Marlene.

More of Today's Birthdays: Sir Arthur Sullivan 1842. Maxine Sullivan 1911. Bea Arthur 1922. Zohra Lampert 1937. Harvey Keitel 1939. Zoe Wanamaker 1949. Hunter Parrish 1987.