Definitive Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln has been portrayed by a number of different actors. There is a consensus that the defintive portrait of him was given by Raymond Massey. Massey played him in Robert Sherwood’s play Abe Lincoln in Illinois as well as in the film version. There was some grumbling about a Canadian actor playing this role. But this criticism was deflected when Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son, heard Massey perform and was struck by the similarity of Massey’s speaking voice to that of his father. Massey also inspired the plot of the movie Adam’s Rib which was inspired by his divorce from Adrienne Allen. It was so amicable that the parties in the divorce each married their respective attorneys. Massey lived for a time in Wilton and is buried in New Haven.

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