This was our Bible of our upbringing." In 1916, when Burt was three...Burt made his acting debut in the Christmas pageant at the Church of the Son of Man.
It was expected that we would do these kind of things.
By the second half of the nineteenth century, the Lancasters and the Roberts family, his [Burt Lancaster's] mother's Belfast people--working-class Northern Irish Protestants--were poor and trapepd by the island's limitations.
His paternal grandfather James emigrated to New York in the mid-1860s, more than a decade after the Great Famine...
Then he entered puberty, his voice changed, and his dreams of singing career came to an end.
Concert pianist was also out; he took piano lessons, but he never developed an aptitude for the instrument. What saved [young Burt] Lancaster from the city's mean streets [East Harlem, New York City]--aside from his family--was the Union Settlement House.
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The Lancasters were stalwarts in this congregation.