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The Dairy of Anne Frank is a Pulitzer winning play based on the Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl that premiered on Broadway in 1955.
|The Cast of the 1959 Film.|
The play was dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and has seen the likes of Susan Strasberg (1955 Original Broadway Cast), Millie Perkins (1959 Film/U.S. Tour) and a young Natalie Portman (1997 Broadway Revival) play the title role of Anne Frank with Strasberg receiving a Tony nomination.
- Otto Frank wrote to Audrey Hepburn asking if she would star as Anne in the 1959 Hollywood film.
- You can see Shelley Winters‘ Oscar statue, for Best supporting actress, at The Frank House in Amsterdam).
- Joseph Schildkraut (Otto), Gusti Huber (Edith) and Lou Jacobi (Mr. Van Daan) repeated their Broadway roles in the 1959 Hollywood film.
- Queen Juliana was in attendance on 27 November 1956 at the play’s Amsterdam opening.
- Prior to filming the Hanukkah scene, Shelley Winters gave Millie Perkins a glass of Scotch to calm her nerves. The scene had to be reshot because Millie was drunk.
- Natalie Portman went to Amsterdam to prepare for the role where she met Miep and Anne’s cousin.