Actor Hal Holbrook greets patrons in stage makeup
following his one-man performance in "Mark Twain Tonight" at the
University of Texas at Tyler, Texas, in this Jan. 13, 2007, file photo.
The crowd sang happy 175th birthday to Mark Twain before the lights went
down at the Clemens Center on Tuesday night, then laughed
along with Holbrook, the nearest incarnation of the late author and humorist. The 85-year-old actor once again put on his white suit and
makeup and reminisced, wisecracked, smoked and scolded in
the latest, and not the last, stage re-enactment of Twain's world-famous
speaking engagements from the turn of the 20th century.
Twain died 100
years ago in April and is buried in Elmira, N.Y., home to the family of his
adored wife, Olivia.
AP file photo by Dr. Scott M. Lieberman