Lillian Booth Actors Home

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Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund
Formation May 8, 1902; 112 years ago (1902-05-08)
Type Assisted-living facility
Purpose Assisting American entertainment and performing arts professionals
Location Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Parent organization
Actors Fund

The Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund is an American assisted-living facility, in Englewood, New Jersey. It is operated by the Actors Fund,[1][2] a nonprofit umbrella charitable organization that assists American entertainment and performing arts professionals.

In 2003, it was renamed[clarification needed] in honor of Lillian Booth, a philanthropist who donated $2 million to the facility.[3][4]

History[edit]

On May 8, 1902, the Actors Fund opened a home for retired entertainers on Staten Island, a borough of New York City, New York.

In 1928, the New York City government took the property using eminent domain to enlarge an adjacent city park. That year, the residents were moved to the former mansion of American businesswoman Hetty Green in Englewood.[2][5]

The mansion was razed in 1959, and a modern facility was erected in 1961.

In 1975, the facility was merged with the Percy Williams Home on Long Island, New York.

The facilities were expanded in 1988 with a 50-bed nursing home. In the same year, the Edwin Forrest wing was created at the nursing home after a merger with the Edwin Forrest Home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1993, a wing was named in honor of actress Natalie Schafer, notable for her role as Eunice "Lovey" Wentworth Howell on the television sitcom Gilligan's Island (1964–1967), who left $1.5 million to the Actors Fund after her death.[2]

Notable former residents[edit]

(year of birth–year of death)

In popular culture[edit]

The facility was the subject of the short documentary film Curtain Call (2008), directed by Charles Braverman; the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (May 23, 2002). "Forgotten Hollywood Actors Retire in Style". Fox News. Retrieved August 17, 2012. "The Motion Picture and Television Fund Country House in California and the Actors Fund Homes in New Jersey are retirement communities that take care of little guys in the entertainment industry – supporting stars and extras who lived by the maxim that there are no small parts, only small actors." 
  2. ^ a b c Staff (undated). "The Lillian Booth Actors Home". Actors Fund. Retrieved August 17, 2012. "The Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund in Englewood, New Jersey is an assisted living and skilled nursing care facility, which provides a comfortable living environment on six acres of property for 124 entertainment professionals." 
  3. ^ Malcolm, Andrew H. (November 5, 1991). "Our Towns; Secrets of an Elusive Lady Bountiful". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  4. ^ La Gorce, Tammy (January 18, 2004). "Life's Dramas Play at Home For Actors". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2012. "The home here was renamed for the philanthropist Lillian Booth just last spring, after she presented it a $2 million gift. Mrs. Booth, not a part of the Booth theatrical family, is the widow of Ferris Booth, a private investment counselor and heir to an I.B.M. fortune."
  5. ^ Westergaard, Barbara (2006). New Jersey – A Guide to the State. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-813-51242-6. 
  6. ^ (registration required) Fox, Maraglit (October 4, 2010). "Dolores Wilson, Met Soprano, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2011. "Dolores Wilson, a Metropolitan Opera soprano of the 1950s who later sang in Broadway musicals, died on Sept. 28 in Englewood, N.J. She was 82 and lived in Englewood. A friend, Karin Farrell, confirmed the death, saying Ms. Wilson died of natural causes." 

Coordinates: 40°54′41″N 73°58′32″W / 40.91129°N 73.97551°W / 40.91129; -73.97551