Friday, September 26, 2014

Movie Star Stops in Lawrenceville on Honeymoon-1939

Wayne Morris (February 17, 1914 – September 14, 1959), born Bert DeWayne Morris in Los Angeles, was an American film and television actor, as well as a decorated World War II fighter ace. Flying the F6F Hellcat off the aircraft carrier USS Essex, Morris shot down seven Japanese planes and contributed to the sinking of five ships. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. He appeared in many notable films, including Paths of Glory (1957), The Bushwackers (1952) and the title role of Kid Galahad in 1937. Morris suffered a massive heart attack 14 September 1959 while visiting aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard in San Francisco Bay. He was 45. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

So what does this movie start have to do with Lawrence County history, you might ask!  Well Kevin B would tell you two interesting trivia facts.... 
  1. Wayne Morris  visited Lawrenceville on his honeymoon after marrying Lenora Schinasi of New York city in 1939.
  2. The marriage only lasted one year.  
These two facts are not necessarily related according to Kevin....

This photo, published in the Lawrenceville Daily Record March 2, 1939,  captures the couple as they left a State Street restaurant in Lawrenceville.   They seem happy enough.......

You too can eat like a movie star at the the new Lunch and Learn Series at the museum Oct 1 Wednesday at 11:30 am.  Call now for reservations  618-943-4317 or 618-945-9573.