Hallmark Hall Of Fame

Season 16 Episode 3

Anastasia

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 1967 on CBS
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The story of Anna Anderson, who surfaced in Berlin in 1920 claiming to be the lost princess. Her claim gained some credibility due to the Soviet government's cover up of the slayings of the royal family in 1918. They initially only admitted that Nicholas had been killed. The Soviet silence was prompted by political considerations, as they did not want to offend Germany, with whom they had just signed a World War I peace treaty. Alexandra was, after all, a German princess before she became a Russian tsarina.moreless

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      • Based on the 1954 Broadway play "Anastasia" adaptated by Guy Bolton.

      • AS "THE LUNTS," they have appeared on one Hallmark Hall of Fame production, "The Magnificent Yankee." Both received Emmys for their performance. They watched the Emmycast from their Wisconsin farm with interest.

        "We wanted to win for George's sake," said Miss Fontanne (George is George Schaefer, producer-director of "Hallmark"). "Because we were theatre people, and not TV folk, we didn't comprehend the significance of the Emmy. We couldn't understand why the Hallmark people wanted us to win so badly. Actually neither Alfred nor I ever worked with the goal of an award in mind. My award comes when Alfred turns to me and says. 'Lynnie, you did that scene darn well.'"

      • At the beginning of the rehearsals, Lynn Fontanne was terrified. "Everyone was so good! Why, on the first reading Julie Harris (she plays the title role) was so polished and professional that I feared I'd hold up her progress and the progression of the others."

        When she voiced her fears to Miss Harris, the young actress, quite moved, put her arms around Miss Fontanne and said, "We are all here to learn from you. It is us who should be worried lest we don't measure up to your standards."

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