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Classic Hollywood: Joel Grey looks back — and forward — at his career
Classic Hollywood: Joel Grey looks back — and forward — at his career

There was a time in 1965 when Joel Grey thought he would throw in the towel on show business. He wanted to be Laurence Olivier but instead he was doing a dreadful musical in Jones Beach, Long Island, called " Mardi Gras" with the June Taylor Dancers. "It was out in the open air with water surrounding the stage," recalled Grey, 78, recently over lunch at one of his favorite eateries in Venice. " Louis Armstrong did 20 minutes in the middle. I played a comedy pirate. It was awful." Grey, who had been acting since he was 10, didn't know what he would do if he quit performing. "I just knew I couldn't take it any more." But then he got a phone...

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