Jay Tunney “The Prizefighter and the Playwright”
April 20th, 2011
A few decades ago, Gene Tunney was one of the best-known, and most-admired, Americans. The world heavyweight boxing champion from 1926 to 1928, Tunney retired undefeated, having made his mark on history with the still-debated “Long Count” fight with Jack Dempsey in September 1927. After his retirement from the ring, Tunney deliberately faded from the public eye.
Meanwhile, George Bernard Shaw was the iconic Irish playwright, the only person to win both a Nobel Prize for Literature and an Academy Award. He was among the millions worldwide following the Long Count fight that night in the fall of ’27.
The close and curious friendship that grew between Gene Tunney and George Bernard Shaw is a story rarely told, but is now revived and told with fresh perspective by Gene Tunney’s son, Jay Tunney.
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