Ellen Geer

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Actress Ellen Geer has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in theater, film, and TV. In 1973 she joined her actor parents Will Geer and Herta Ware in their Topanga home where they had founded an open air Theater in the 1950s. The theater had been established during some of the difficult years when Will Geer was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Named the Theatricum Botanicum and built in a natural bowl under California live oaks, the theater became the venue for Shakespearean plays. After her father’s death in 1978 Ellen became the theater’s artistic director, established a professional repertory company. By 1984 the company had grown into an Actor’s Equity Union house. The Theatricum Botanicum celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Ellen is married to Peter Alsop and they have two daughters Megan and Willow.

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Filmed July 29, 2013 at Topanga Library