A now deceased man I used to look after loved to tell the story of how as a young busboy, along with his brother was summoned out of the Pump Room kitchen (a legendary Chicago haunt) back in the late 30s and directed to take note of a teenage model in from New York who was about to become a movie star. She went by the name Betty Perske then but we now remember her as Lauren Bacall.
Miss Cavendish! Its so good to see you back - I thought we had lost you forever. A belated Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for 2014, and thank you for your lovely, concise and thoughtful blog. Its such a pleasure in a sea of drivel.JRBxxx
GSL, I have been to the Pump Room, but in Bath, home to many a Jane Austen heroine. Is the Chicago establishment still running?Thank you, Mrs. Burton; my fall was particularly busy but I hope, with a slightly leaner spring, to blog more consistently. Best wishes to you and yours too!
Miss C,I recently saw a splendid stage adaptation of Northanger Abbey which did have scenes set in Bath. Yes Chicago's Pump Room has reopened and I need to stop in and see what they've done.
Ahh, I love to teach Northanger in my Gothic literature class!
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