Ezra Stone - Sara Seegar estates go to auction
Show business couple brought celebrity to Bucks
Robert H. Clinton & Company Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers, of Ottsville, and Hahn Auction Company of Bath, Pa., will conduct an auction of items from the estates of the late Ezra Stone and Sara Seegar, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Fireside Hall (Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company), 5064 Stump Road, Plumsteadville.
Ezra Stone was a well-known actor and director whose distinguished career encompassed the golden age of radio, Broadway, movies and television. He and his wife, actress Sara Seegar, lived at Stone Meadows Farm in Newtown, for more than 40 years.
While the Stones commuted to New York and Hollywood as their careers demanded, they delighted audiences at the Bucks County Playhouse and Lambertville Music Circus over many summers.
Stone Meadows was not only a working but also a social hub for the Stones’ glamorous friends from the worlds of theater and television. At their gracious farmhouse, meticulously decorated by Sara with family heirlooms and avidly collected antiques, the Stones entertained frequently throughout the 1950s and 60s, and guests included such friends and colleagues as Martha Raye, Red Buttons, Burl Ives, Debbie Reynolds, Gale Gordon, Paul Lynde, Mike Todd, Jackie Cooper, Uta Hagen, writer Tad Mosel, Garson Kanin, Gary Merrill, TC Jones, Anna Russell, and Ezra’s sidekick on The Aldrich Family, Jackie Kelk.
In the late 1930s, radio’s first family situation comedy opened with a maternal voice intoning sternly, “Hen-REEEE! Henry Aldrich!” The cracked voice of a pubescent boy would reply, “Coming Mother!” And then the travails of “The Aldrich Family” would unfold in a light-hearted manner over the next half hour, with breaks for commercials by the show’s sponsor, Jell-O gelatin (“J – E – L – L – O ! There’s always room for Jell-O!”)
The star of the “The Aldrich Family” was Ezra Stone, who played the role of Henry Aldrich on the radio from 1938 to 1942. In addition to being one of the stars of radio’s golden age, his credits as an actor, producer and director encompassed Broadway, television, radio and film.
He was married for 48 years to Sara Seegar, an actress who began her career on the London stage. Seegar was one of the “Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” ladies in the 1962 film “The Music Man,” and she played Mrs. Wilson on TV’s “Dennis the Menace.”
Although they commuted to New York and Hollywood, Sara and Ezra Stone called Bucks County “home” and during their years at Stone Meadows Farm they were also successful dairy farmers and breeders of prize-winning Ayrshire cows.
The Stones were also dedicated members of the Bucks County community. Sara helped to found Newtown Friends School. Ezra became president and director and Sara a trustee of the David Library of the American Revolution, founded by Ezra’s father, Sol Feinstone. They also produced and performed in “Sweet Land,” the theatricalized history of Newtown which Ezra directed in observance of the town’s tricentennial in 1983.
Sara Seegar died in 1990, and Ezra Stone died in 1994.
Interested auction goers should watch for upcoming advertising in the Antiques & Auction News, local newspapers, auctionzip (www.auctionzip.com; auctioneer nos. 1888 or 1886), auction company websites or contact Robert H. Clinton & Company, Inc. at 610-847-5432 for personal property to be auctioned which will include antiques, furniture, silver, decorative accessories, housewares, personal wardrobe, artwork and souvenirs from the Stones’ world travels.
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