Stage actor, scene and television personality Ken Freehill was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Cedar Creek Lake Women's Club on Tuesday.
He is best known for the 2003 movie, “Days That Shook the World.”
Freehill's career included owning his own theater in a Chicago suburb, a professor at University of North Texas and former executive director of the Screen Actor's Guild office in Dallas.
His talents are used as an entertainment director for the U.S. Army, for which he is writing original scripts for service members and their families to perform.
The military projects have taken him all over the country and to 12 nations. Freehill has been honored with a seat dedicated in his name at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, he presented an original review of George Burns' book, “Gracie, a Love Story.”
The book is based on Burns' 1988 biography of his wife and performance partner, Gracie Allen. It was a tribute to the couple. Freehill gave his audience a look into the marriage of the two comedians.
“Gracie, known as Burns' scatterbrained wife, was actually an intelligent actress and devoted wife,” Freehill said.
According to the book review, the story brings to life the woman who was smart enough to become the dumbest woman in show business, as told by her husband. She came from a San Francisco show business family she had been performing with since she was 4, and Gracie performed with her sisters as the “Four Colleens.”
Burns and Allen met in 1922 and married in 1926. After a 50-year career in show business, Gracie died in 1964 from a heart attack.
Freehill said Burns visited Gracie’s grave every month until his own death.
“He would tell Gracie about his day. Burns wrote the story of his love for Gracie at the age of 92. He died 32 years after Gracie at the age of 100.”
The marker simply says: “Gracie Allen 1902-1964 and George Burns 1896-1996 'Together Again.'”
Known for entertaining its members with book reviewers, members of the Cedar Creek Lake Women's Club said they enjoy having a variety of guest speakers. The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Cedar Creek Country Club.