Centenarian Faity Tuttle!


Alex di Suvero for The New York Times

BHS is happy to see Brooklynite Esther Leeming “Faity” Tuttle celebrated in The New York Times among fellow centenarians!

Hear Faity talk about John’s Group, a playgroup for children in Prospect Park, Brooklyn accents, and how John narrowly avoided being struck by the 1960 plane crash in Park Slope:

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Faity was born in 1911 and she grew up in Brooklyn Heights, on Henry Street.  She became a professional actress, appearing on Broadway with Humphrey Bogart, among others.  In 1944, she moved to Park Slope with her husband, Ben, and their three children.  She’s a longtime supporter of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and in 1988, she was awarded the BBG’s Forsythia Award for outstanding service.  Her autobiography No Rocking Chair For Me was published in 2003 and  BHS interviewed Faity for the Oral History Collection in 2006 and the full interview is available for listening in the Othmer Library.

Sady Sullivan

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3 Responses to Centenarian Faity Tuttle!

  1. Franny Osman says:

    My aunt, almost 100 and from Brooklyn, asks if Faity is still around. We are about to listen to her.

  2. Meredith says:

    Wow. What an inspiration! not to mention she has one of the coolest names ever!

  3. Julia Anne Rockefeller says:

    I knew Faity growing up. She and my mother were very good friends. She looks wonderful! I look for ward to reading her autobiography. Happy 100th Faity!

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