Martha C. Nussbaum on Her First Job

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Law and ethics professor, University of Chicago; author, “Anger and Forgiveness” and “Aging Thoughtfully”

First job: Actress

I left college to take a job acting in a professional repertory company that was performing Greek dramas. I had acted in summer stock previously, but this was my first long-term job. I was starstruck, and thrilled that I’d be acting with Dame Judith Anderson and the “Cowardly Lion” (from “The Wizard of Oz”), Bert Lahr.

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