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Isabel Leighton

Performer, Writer
( b. circa 1900 - d. Apr 22, 1995 ) Female
Relations: Wife of Arthur H. Bunker
Isabel Leighton Bunker held a long career as an actress and writer embraced theater, journalism and television.

Miss Leighton began her career in the theater, appearing in several Broadway productions in the early 1920's. She went on to collaborate on six plays that were produced on Broadway, including "Mercenary Mary" (1925) and "Spring Again" (1941).

In the 1930's and 40's she wrote for various magazines and for the North American Newspaper Alliance, and served as a naval correspondent in World War II. She was the author or co-author of several books, including "My Boy Franklin," about Franklin D. Roosevelt, written with Gabrielle Forbush, and "Where Away," written with George Sessions Perry, the story of the World War II cruiser Marblehead.

She was the editor of "The Aspirin Age, 1919-41," a best-selling collection of articles -- by John Lardner, Howard Fast and others -- about life in the United States between the World Wars.

In the early 1950's she was moderator of a popular television program called "How Did They get That Way?," which dealt with psychiatry and mental health. She also served on the boards of several civic and philanthropic organizations, including the World Federation for Mental Health and the Menninger Foundation.

Miss Leighton's husband, Arthur H. Bunker, died in 1963. No immediate family members survive.

Source: New York Times 


ProductionsDate of Productions
Spring Again
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Isabel Leighton
Nov 10, 1941 - Jan 10, 1942
Polly
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Isabel Leighton
Jan 08, 1929 - Jan 19, 1929
Katja
[Musical, Operetta, Original]
  • Additional scenes written and arranged by Isabel Leighton
Oct 18, 1926 - Jan 22, 1927
The Dagger
[Play, Melodrama, Original]
  • Performer: Isabel Leighton [Marie Ponseau]
Sep 09, 1925 - Sep 1925
The Sapphire Ring
[Play, Original]
  • Book adapted by Isabel Leighton
Apr 15, 1925 - Apr 1925
Mercenary Mary
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Isabel Leighton
Apr 13, 1925 - Aug 08, 1925
The Haunted House
[Play, Farce, Original]
  • Performer: Isabel Leighton [The Girl]
Sep 02, 1924 - Dec 1924
Sweet Seventeen
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Isabel Leighton [Grace Farnum]
Mar 17, 1924 - May 1924
What's Your Wife Doing?
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Original]
  • Performer: Isabel Leighton [Edith Somers]
Oct 01, 1923 - Dec 1923
Anathema
[Play, Drama, Fantasy, Original]
  • Performer: Isabel Leighton [Rosa]
Apr 10, 1923 - Apr 1923
Why Men Leave Home
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Isabel Leighton [Sybil]
Sep 12, 1922 - Jan 1923
Deburau
[Play, Comedy, Tragedy, Original]
  • Performer: Isabel Leighton [Honorine]
Dec 23, 1920 - Jun 1921
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