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Follow-up: At 90, ‘Papa Glenn’ wins best actor

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In February, I brought you the sweet story of Glenn Edwards of Porterville, who at age 90 undertook his first starring role on stage, as the cantankerous Willie in “The Sunshine Boys.” It played at Porterville’s Barn Theater.

At the theater’s recent “Hosscar” Awards — I’ll have to get the story on that name someday — Edwards took home a big prize: best lead actor. His daughter Nicki, who directed the show, writes:

In fact “The Sunshine Boys” swept the awards, I’m happy to say. The Porterville Recorder headline was “90-year-old steals Hosscar Show” & he did. Papa Glenn is very loved in our theater community, not only for his amazing stamina but his quick wit & happy nature.

Nicki reports that one of her dad’s co-stars,¬†Denise Everhart, pictured above, won for her portrayal of the Sexy Nurse in “The Sunshine Boys.” Everhart¬†started teasing Edwards about when he was going to marry her.

He replied: I’ll gladly marry you Tuesday for a honeymoon tonight!” (“He’s a rascal!! his daughter writes.)

Responses to "Follow-up: At 90, ‘Papa Glenn’ wins best actor"

Janet H. says:

Hey Donald!

Here’s a comment! Your article caught me happily intrigued. I, too, have an incredibly vibrant 90-year old father. Your story brought my Dad to mind immediately.
I would love to have seen Glenn’s performance. My father gets asked repeatedly, “What’s your secret to living so long?”

His response is always the same: “Don’t stop moving”.

Thanks so much for always covering so many performance arts venues. I am always happy when I see any of your reviews in the BEE.

Warm Regards, Janet

Denise Everhart says:

Working with Papa Glenn was such an honor and so much fun. He was always full of encouragement and everyone involved with this production fell in love with him, myself included. We all considered ourselves incredibly lucky to be on stage, working along side of him. This handsome guy may be 90 years old, but he has the spirit of a 20 year old!

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