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May 26, 1913


112 theatrical performers gather at the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York City to found the Actors’ Equity Association, adopting a constitution and electing comedian Francis Wilson as the association’s first president. Composer, director, and producer George M. Cohan said, “I will drive an elevator for a living before I will do business with any actors’ union.” Later a sign appeared in Times Square reading, “Elevator Operator Wanted. George M. Cohan Need Not Apply.”


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