| JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
Stewart Was In The Fast Lane
From Comic Books To Broadway
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer
VEN as a youngster, Stewart Lane, producer of the Tony Award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and co-owner of the Palace Theater, showed great promise as an enterprising businessman.
His sister, Arlene Lane Fisher, revealed at a Jewish National Fund dinner at the Marriott Marquis, how she and her brother used to sell lemonade as youngsters.
“When our parents got one of the first air conditioners in the neighborhood, Stewart rented space in our apartment so the kids could enjoy their lemonade in cool comfort.
“And he charged them for reading his comic books!” she added.
“It was 10 cents to read with an option to buy after three pages,” Stewart said.
That broke up a celebrity crowd that included actor Kevin Dobson, Kim Zimmer (Reva on The Guiding Light), Louise Sorel (Days of Our Lives), Isabelle Stevenson, head of the American Theater Wing, Stewart’s wife Bonnie Comley, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Wall St. trader Sid Belzberg who, along with Stewart, were the JNF guests of honor.
Stewart’s daughter Leah was thrilled to meet Dr. Ruth. “We’re both the same height!” she exclaimed.