Notes from “The Lyons Den"

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.

Jeffrey Lyons and his brothers with Ernest and Mary Hemingway and Leonard Lyons at Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paola, Cuba, December 1952.
Jeffrey Lyons and his brothers with Ernest and Mary Hemingway and Leonard Lyons at Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paola, Cuba, December 1952. ( Lyons Family Archive. 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.
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. ( Sam Shaw. 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.
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
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.
Leonard Bernstein, Marc Chagall, and Leonard Lyons, July 1960. ( Lyons Family Archive. From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons. )
Leonard Lyons with Marilyn Monroe, circa 1960.
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.
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. ( From Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,” by Jeffrey Lyons. )
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