Rory Harrity

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Rory Dion Harrity: born 26 May 1933, Jacksonville Florida USA; died 23 July 1974, Klosters Graubünden Switzerland; buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Ocala Florida USA.

Where The Boys Are (1960) was his only film credit, and followed five guest TV roles 1957 – 1960.

His father Richard Harrity was a playwright, who died 18 months before his son, in January 1973. Richard Harrity’s New York Times obituary reported that, at the time of his father’s death, Rory was living in London.

When Rory’s marriage in 1959 to socialite Marguerite Lamkin was reported in the New York Times, he was described as “an actor appearing in Look After Lulu” – a Noël Coward play that premiered in 1959 on Broadway for 39 performances and then played in London later the same year.

Harrity was the second of Lamkin’s three husbands. Their marriage ended in 1963. According to the novelist Christopher Isherwood (author of Berlin Stories that became Cabaret the musical and movie), Harrity and Lamkin’s marriage ended because Harrity was homosexual and “Marguerite has been accusing Rory right and left of boyf***ing”.

Lamkin, a southern beauty from Monroe Louisiana who’d made it into New York society, was the inspiration for the character of Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Lamkin was an uncredited dialogue coach on three southern movie melodramas: Raintree County (1957), The Long, Hot Summer (1958 – with Tony Franciosa), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

The photo shows Rory Harrity and Yvette Mimieux in Where the Boys Are (1960).

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