Rose Hips in Montauk

Uta writes in Sources of her love for gardening and the wonderful garden she created around her house in Montauk. From the garden and farmers markets she collected fresh fruits and vegetables, and in Sources, she talks of making rose hip wine and jellies.

The rose hips bring to mind Fry's lines when Thomas woos his Jennet in The Lady's Not for Burning:
... I can pass to you
Generations of roses in this wrinkled berry,
There: now you hold in your hand a race
Of summer gardens, it lies under centuries
Of petals, What is not, you have in your palm.
Rest in the riddle, rest; why not?...

In the 1950s, Uta and Herbert played The Lady's Not for Burning in summer stock.

Jesse Feiler

Born in Germany, Uta Hagen moved to Madison, Wisconsin, at the age of six. With the exception of several interruptions for study in Europe, Ms. Hagen received most of her schooling in Madison, her home until age sixteen. After training briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, she made her professional debut in 1937 in Dennis, Massachusetts, as “Ophelia” in Eva Le Gallienne’s production of Hamlet.

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