Before stardom came, Burt Lancaster sold lingerie and suits at Marshall Field’s in Chicago

I ran into Burt Lancaster last week.

I was walking through Macy’s in the Loop, which used to be the home of Marshall Field & Company and where long ago Lancaster worked.

Of course it was not Lancaster in the flesh. He died in 1994 of a heart attack when he was 80 years old.

I ran into my father too because I first heard of Lancaster’s connection to this store from my father Herman who had written, with his newspaper pal Lloyd Wendt, the history of the store in 1952, “Give the Lady What She Wants.” He knew everything there was to know about the store.

“Burt Lancaster used to work here,” I could hear my father say. Read more at Chicago Tribune.