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Notes from “The Lyons Den"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jeffrey Lyons shares stories from his father, Leonard Lyons, who wrote the famous newspaper column “The Lyons Den” from 1934 to 1974, and knew all the celebrities of the era—from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, from Ethel Barrymore to Sophia Loren, from George Burns to Ernest Hemingway, and from Joe DiMaggio to the Duke of Windsor. In Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” Jeffrey Lyons compiles anecdotes from his father’s best columns, and includes his own interviews with stars of today.

Lyons Family Archive. From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons.
Jeffrey Lyons and his brothers with Ernest and Mary Hemingway and Leonard Lyons at Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paola, Cuba, December 1952.
Sam Shaw. From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons.
Leonard Lyons and his wife with Marilyn Monroe, circa 1955. This may have been a posed shot, since my mother adored Marilyn Monroe, but it depicts the sentiments of every man everywhere.
Lyons Family Archive. From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons.
Harpo Marx pointing to the barbed wire harp sent by Salvador Dalí, 1946.
Lyons Family Archive. From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons.
Jeffrey Lyons’ parents with Orson Welles at the Stork Club
Lyons Family Archive. From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons.
Leonard Bernstein, Marc Chagall, and Leonard Lyons, July 1960.
From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons.
Leonard Lyons with Marilyn Monroe, circa 1960.
From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons.
Leonard Lyons with Sophia Loren and Rossano Brazzi in Libya on the set of “Legend of the Lost.” Loren kept warm in the cold desert night by using my father’s extra pair of woolen pajamas.

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Comments [4]

Ummm... blabbermouth???

Jun. 29 2011 01:04 PM
Giuseppe from Brooklyn

"Penelope Cruz is the Sophia Loren of our generation"?! PA-LEEZE!

She needs to eat a little mortadella and make a decent film.

Jun. 29 2011 01:02 PM
Mr. Bad from IL

Ugh, so no enemies? "Once in awhile from a Press Agent" .... ROFL. If you're going to be a celebrity suck-up, you've got to eventually come across with the dirt. Boooooring made up stories from a glorified PR man.

Jun. 29 2011 12:57 PM
Patrick from Bronx

I didn't know the cinematic review "The Lyons Den" that I knew on the radio years ago had a precedent in a father's newspaper column. I guess I'm not that old after all.

Jun. 29 2011 09:44 AM

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