Fannie K. Ray / Lillian Brice

(1894-1963)

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Born in Oklahoma, Fannie Kershaw Ray began her acting career at age 14. As Lillian Brice, she performed on stage throughout the eastern seaboard and Midwest.

Hartford Stage & Radio

She settled in Hartford in the 1930s, performing for several seasons with the Poli Players and other stock companies at the Palace Theater. She was also a dramatic actress on WTIC radio.

Hartford Parks – Story Lady

After World War II, she joined the Hartford Park Department as a playground supervisor. In 1949, she started a story-telling program in Hartford parks where she became known as the “story lady.”

She was married to J. M. Ray, stage manager and director at Hartford’s Palace Theater.

Location:
Section 19, SI 337

References:

Hartford Courant. “Mrs. Fannie K. Ray Dies.” March 2, 1963


Photo Credit:

Cedar Hill Cemetery, Jeffrey Dutton