Holbrook Hailed At Twain House With A Hall

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Hal Holbrook was fresh off a Thanksgiving holiday in Connecticut when he arrived at the Mark Twain House & Museum Sunday. But there was still more to celebrate for the actor and author of “Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain.”

Surrounded by family, friends and Twain House supporters, the award-winning Holbrook, whose acting accomplishments include his celebrated one-man show, “Mark Twain Tonight” was honored when the Great Hall at the museum was renamed “Hal Holbrook Hall.”

“I am humbled,” said the very spry looking 87-year-old who is also celebrating the success of his latest movie “Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg directed biopic about President Abraham Lincoln and the political wrangling involved in getting support for the 13th amendment to the constitution. Holbrook plays Republican reformer Preston Blair, a Republican reformer.

“It wasn’t a movie you do for fun but because it’s important,” said Holbrook, who spent Thanksgiving  with his late wife, Dixie Carter’s ex-husband, publisher, artist and investment banker, Arthur Carter, and the combined families. “And you know Spielberg is going to turn out something really good. “

Holbrook, who was clearly touched by the local honor, said Twain might have some other thoughts.

“I don’t think he’d like having a room named for me,” he said laughing.

Saying that he feels great and is taking good care of himself, Holbrook took the opportunity to promote his new movie, “Promised Land” with Matt Damon.

“I have a good role in that one,” he said explaining the story line that centers on the debate about the controversial drilling technique, fracking.

But what about just retiring, especially after 60 years in the business?

“Why retire,” grinned Holbrook. “Then what would I do?” More pictures.

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2 thoughts on “Holbrook Hailed At Twain House With A Hall

  1. Kathy Anderson

    What a guy, so deserving of this honor. I was at Montclair State College in New Jersey when he did Mark Twain Tonight in 1965, almost 50 years ago. We were privileged to go backstage as he applied his make-up to look like an old Mark Twain. What a job!! He recently quipped that it is so much easier now to do the show because he is already “made up.”

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