Abe Vigoda

January 26, 2016

TheMe Abe Cliff Lambs sadly marks the passing of member Abe Vigoda, best known for his role of Sal Tessio in The Godfather, and as Detective Phil Fish on the TV series Barney MillerAbe joined The Lambs in 2002 and a few years later was recognized as an Honorary Lifetime member.

(Photo: Marc Baron, Abe Vigoda and Cliff Robertson at an event at The Lambs.)

What many don’t know about Abe was his love of theater, Shakespeare and musical theater. He would often join other members around the piano after our weekly Low Jinks, and join in on the free-for-all singing. Always a gentleman, Abe was always encouraging others in the business. He would often bring his daughter, Carol, to The Lambs, and we offer our sincere condolences to her and their family.

SAG-AFTRA celebrates the life and legacy of Abe Vigoda. “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Abe Vigoda,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. “As a performer of the highest caliber and a fellow member of The Lambs, he will be dearly missed.”

You can more about Abe and his career by clicking on these reports.:

 NBC News     NY Times    ABC News     Hollywood Reporter
USA Today    NY Daily News    Variety    CinemaRetro

Below are some photos of Abe at various events at The Lambs:

Lamb Frank Albanese (The Sopranos) and Abe
Lamb Peter Dizozza and Abe
Lamb Roseann Sheridan and Abe
Ellen Berry, Lamb Helen Klass, Abe, Lamb Roseann Sheridan and the late Billie Stewart.


Monday at The Lambs: Authors & the Marx Brothers

January 18, 2016

Marx Brothers I'll Say She IsThis February there are three events scheduled for Monday at The Lambs, all different, but all tied into the written word. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the 5th Floor Clubhouse. To attend you must RSVP online (use the links below).

Monday, Feb. 1, The New York State Writers Hall of Fame
The New York State Writers Hall of Fame will have the announcement event held at The Lambs. This is similar to the announcements held in the early morning hours for the Academy Awards or the Tony Awards. The New York Center for the Book, a part of the U.S. Library of Congress, chooses New York State writers to be inducted annually into the Hall of Fame. In the past writers as diverse as James Fenimore Cooper and Nora Ephron have been inducted. Tonight, be the first to learn the names of the writers, authors, composers, and columnists who are joining such prestigious company. If you love books, don’t miss it. Information and RSVP here.

Monday, Feb. 22, Author Ed Hamilton
Our first book talk of 2016 is with Ed Hamilton, author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and the legendary Chelsea, where he lives and writes. Tonight he will give a talk, reading, and Q&A about his work and new book, The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York. Hamilton will talk about his books and answer questions about them, along with the behind-the-scenes tales of being a longtime resident and chronicler of the Chelsea Hotel. His new book is a look at the changing New York City. Information and RSVP here.

Monday, Feb. 29, The Marx Brothers A Night at the Lambs
Attend a night devoted to the Marx Brothers and the new Off-Broadway show coming to the Connelly Theatre this spring, I’ll Say Is. There will be a history talk about this “lost” Marx Brothers show, songs and music from the production, and a special appearance by Groucho himself. During the 1920s, the Marx Brothers starred in three Broadway musicals. The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers live on as films. But the 1924 smash I’ll Say She Is was lost to history, until writer/performer/Groucho impressionist Noah Diamond spent six years researching, restoring, and adapting it. Tonight will be music from the show and a Q&A with Groucho and the creative team. Information and RSVP here.

Annual Holiday-Anniversary Gathering

January 12, 2016

Our December 18th Annual Holiday and Anniversary was a big success. The Dining Salon was packed! Thanks to Patti Dey for supplying the champagne toast in the name of Jim & Gerry Ruth. The cocktail hour and three course meal was accompanied by brief historical notes from Shepherd Marc Baron, followed by a 9 holidays singers, and several group carols.  Secret Santa did his best, and the 50/50 raffle not only had a large prize but benefited The Lambs Foundation.

Next year we aim higher!