December 1, 2003 by

Guy Livingston

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Guy Livingston, a theater critic for Variety, died on Nov. 12 from septic shock. He was 92.
Born in Tilton, N.H., Livingston joined the Circus of Australia when he was 18 to do public relations for the circus’ theatrical press agents. He studied journalism at Boston University, then worked in the Office of War Information during World War II.
Although he freelanced for numerous publications, Livingston was best known for his 30-year career as a part-time drama critic for Variety. In this position, he reviewed the Broadway shows that performed previews in Boston before making their debuts in New York. Not one to let his P.R. background go to waste, Livingston also served as the press agent for Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and Ray Charles.

9 Responses to Guy Livingston

  1. Al livingston

    Guy A. Livingston-Was also a Goverment Official,
    During WW-II He worked for (OWI) Office of War
    Information (OPA)an Office of Price Administation
    also(OPS)Office of Price Stablization.He worked
    for the Old Worcester Evening Post (1938) and ran
    The first Soap Box Derby on Grafton Hill. He also
    wrote President Nixons Campaign Speeches and rode
    the special train when he visited Boston.He worked
    for several hundred papers and Trade Magazines.
    VARIETY,CASH BOX,BILLBOARD,ADVERTISING AGE, the
    Bible of the News Paper Business and hundreds of
    other Magazines. This is just some of the information that I have. I would just like to
    say That my father became famous for his writing
    and Reviews of shows that came to Boston in the last 30 years. The movie stars that he wrote about would fill three volumes, MAJOR BOWES,
    THREE STOOGES, CHARLSTON HESTON, NAT KING COLE,
    JERRY VALE, CAROL CHANNING, BETH MIDLER, BOBBY
    DARRIN, JUDY GARLAND, JOHN WAYNE, ELLA FITZGERALD.AND SEVERAL OTHERS. I have some more
    Information that I am compiling and pictures that
    will be going to the Library of Congress-Al Livingston

  2. Al livingston

    To My Father who taught me all I Know about writing and news and self estem-“He was a Maven
    in his field. May you rest in peace-Al Livingston

  3. Al livingston

    The late Guy Livingston had two grandsons both
    were in the Marines-One is serving with the 3rd
    Light Assault Vehicle Platoon, Alpha Company and
    is a combat veteran of Iraq. His unit was the first into Bagdad-The other served aboard the
    USS CARL VINSON he is deceased-his name was
    Steven F, Cedrone of West Roxbury. He was one
    of the youngest to win the Medal Of Honor for
    the Boston Police. The other grand son was CPL
    Deniz Emry who is now serving in the United States
    Marine Corps.Guys son was Al Livingston who served
    in the United States Navy during the Korean War and served with Fasron 104 an Aircraft Squadron.

  4. som chopra

    i would like to remember mr. livingston is one of the greatest writers of our time a critic.His stories can be found in the news paper files of the worcester evening post and several thousand other papers around the world.
    May you rest in peace.
    som-n-chopra

  5. al livingston

    Guy Livingston reviews can be found in Varity
    files, and he wrote for dailey Variety in Holloywood. A service was held for Guy in
    Worcester last month. Photos of Guy wth some of
    the Many Stars will soon be ready for publication.

  6. AL Livingston

    I would like to remember my father Guy Livingston
    and to thank all the friends and Stars for their
    cards and letters. Several photographs of my father are in privite collections. I have about 30 photographs my father with Jimmy Durantee,
    Nat King Cole, Johnny Cash, Beth Midler, Frankie
    Lane, Sandra Dee, Charlton, Major Bowes, Barabra
    Walters, His stories where published around the
    world and can be found in Newpaper Files and
    VARIETY, CASH BOX, BILLBOARD,etc. Al Livingston
    ,

  7. robin cedrone

    tomorrow is the anniversary of of the death of guy livingston.he was my grandpa, the best ever. we miss him very much. he was a great writer, and he gave us passes to all the shows in boston. god bless you grandpa, we love you.may you rest in peace. love robin emily tommy and lilly.

  8. Caroline Clarke Connelly

    I am the daughter of George Walker Clarke. My father was a columnist of fame in Boston History, as was Mr. Livingston. He had a column for the Boston Daily Record called “Around Boston” which ran 6 days a week from 1937-around 1960. Apparently my father and Mr. Livingston were famous friends and colleagues. And I want to personally pay tribute to Guy Livingston for writing a most eloquent article about my father in the Editor and Publishers magazine September 1st, 1960 bylined as follows: “This Is Heaven” Boston’s Benevolent Night Owl Speaking”. Your father captured the essence of my father in that article, and as his daughter, I want to thank and pay tribute to Guy Livingston for that article. It meant the world to me, as I just ]recently became aware of that article from someone searching the archives of the Boston Herald. My father was a great man too, and I believe your dad knew that. Because of that article that Mr. Livingston wrote, I am going to research and write a book about my dad, who had a great history before I was ever born, and continued after. I learned new things about my father from reading the article that was history before I was ever born. So, thank you, thank you Mr. Livingston for capturing the greatness of my dad!!
    May you rest in God’s peace eternally, knowing that you life was of great service and well lived!!
    Caroline Clarke Connelly;MS/CCC-SLP;BAE-PC
    Daughter of George Walker Clarke/Columnist

  9. AL Livingston

    A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR AND GENERAL MANAGER OF
    THE WORCESTER EVENING POST DATED AUGUST 9, 1937
    DEAR MR. LIVINGSTONE MR. SCHUSTER HAS ASKED ME TO TELL YOU HOW GRATEFULL EVERYBODY ON THE
    THE WORCESTER EVENING POST FOR YOUR HELP IN
    MAKING THE SOAP BOX DERBY SUCH A SUCCESS. THE
    POST APPRECIATES MORE THAN WE CAN PUT IN WORDS
    YOUR KINDNESS AND COOPERATION–W,G. GAVIN
    EDITOR AND GENERAL MANAGER Mr Livingstone name
    was later changed to Guy LIVINGSTON. The first
    Soap Box Derby was held on Grafton Hill and Mr.
    Livingstone wrote several stories which can be found in the Worcester

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