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Funeral Services for A. L. Erlanger, Theatrical Magnate

March 10, 1930
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Funeral services for Abraham L. Erlanger, former “czar” of the stage world, were held yesterday in Temple Emanu-El, at 2 P. M.

Mr. Erlanger, for many years associated with Marc Klaw, had amassed a fortune of $75,000,000 during the 30-odd years he was in the theatrical business. At the time of his death he owned more theatrical properties than any other individual and was considered the wealthiest man in the industry. The dispensation of the property is still a matter for speculation, as the will has not as yet been read and Mr. Erlanger has left no children. He is survived by his brother, Mitchell L. Erlanger, who will be remembered as a former Supreme Court Justice, and two sisters, Miss Ray Erlanger and Mrs. Caroline Bergman.

Mr. Erlanger has frequently been referred to as “the little Napoleon of the Theatre,” and as if to confirm this appellation, his home at 175 Riverside Drive houses an extensive collection of Napoleonic relics, mementoes, books and autographs.

Mr. Erlanger was a member of the Friars and Lambs Clubs and many of his former theatrical associates, including Florenz Ziegfeld, David Belasco, Lee Shubert, Sam H. Harris, Geo. M. Cohen and Brock Pemberton have joined in offering their condolence upon the loss to the theatrical world of so dominant a personality.

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