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My grandmother babysat Richard Chamberlain

April 26, 2012

When Richard Chamberlain was about to enter Beverly Hills High School, American playwrights Ruth and Augustus Goetz were adapting an 1880 novel by Henry James. Washington Square evolved into The Heiress and opened on Broadway in 1947. It ran 410 performances, with Basil Rathbone as Dr. Austin Sloper.

Now Chamberlain is stepping into Dr. Sloper’s shoes at the Pasadena Playhouse.

The path to Pasadena began in Pomona. “I was in a lot of drama productions at Pomona College, as scared as I was,” Chamberlain remembers in the wood-paneled Playhouse library. “Some talent scouts had come from Paramount to see a production I was in and [they] asked me out for an interview. They wanted to sign me to a seven-year contract. I was just this little kid!”

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