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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.

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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.

Fun Trivia:

  • 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.