Marion Tanner, Real Auntie Mame NEW YORK — Marion Tanner, the real-life Greenwich Village eccentric and model for ``Auntie Mame`` in the novel and movie, is dead at 94. Ms. Tanner, who suffered a stroke two months ago, died Wednesday evening at the Village Nursing Home, where she had lived in recent years. Her nephew, Edward Tanner III, who used the pen name Patrick Dennis, wrote a 1954 novel titled Auntie Mame, immortalizing his aunt and her wacky life style. Ms. Tanner worked briefly as a stage actress, ran a Bohemian artists` salon, worked at Macy`s during the Depression and -- annoying her stuffy neighbors -- opened her home to the down-and-out the way Mame did. Her longtime friend, adviser and benefactor, Danny Lettieri, who ran the No Name Bar around the corner from the nursing home, was saddened. ``Marion dead? They are saying she`s 94? I can hardly believe she was that old. Marion and her pal, Genevieve Camlin are still a soft place in my heart,`` he said. Lettieri, 55, was introduced to Ms. Tanner by Camlin, who ran up a $10,462 tab in the No Name and ``showed up every single day of the year, snow or sunshine.`` Ms. Tanner hung out at the No Name, too, but didn`t show up daily, he said. Camlin died four years ago at 97.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Jack Beers Old Home, 357 10th Street In 1969
357-10-1969 A lot has happened in the neighborhood in the last 40 years. BTW, Geneieve Camlin, who is mentioned in the article, was a friend of the real life Auntie Mame. She died in 1980. from a 1984 article