Alan and Arlene Alda: 'Just Kids From The Bronx'

Alan and Arlene Alda are here. Alan was born in Manhattan. Arlene is from the Bronx. She has a new book called ‘Just Kids From The Bronx'. It's an oral history about growing up there...everyone from Al Pacino to Carl Reiner share their stories. Here's Alan reading one of those stories for the audio book.

Fun facts about Alan Alda (Source; Wikipedia)

Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

He is currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science and the Future of Life Institute. He serves on the board of the World Science Festival and is a judge for Math-O-Vision.

In 1956, while attending Fordham University, he met Arlene Weiss, who was attending Hunter College. They bonded at a mutual friend's dinner party; when a rum cake accidentally fell onto the kitchen floor, they were the only two guests who did not hesitate to eat it. A year after his graduation, they were married. They have three daughters: Eve, Elizabeth, and Beatrice. Two of his eight grandchildren are aspiring actors.

The Aldas have been longtime residents of Leonia, New Jersey. Alda frequented Sol & Sol Deli on Palisade Avenue in the nearby town of Englewood, New Jersey—a fact mirrored in his character's daydream about eating whitefish from the establishment, in an episode of M*A*S*H in which Hawkeye sustains a head injury.

Alan and Arlene will be at the West Hollywood Public Library Tuesday night at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. "Just Kids From The Bronx" is out now.

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