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Artifacts , Photographs and Portraits

Selected photos documenting Robert Lawrence Balzer's life.


Balzer as acting

Robert Balzer, the actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1935 to 1936.

Balzer posing at the academy

Mr. Balzer attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1935 to 1936

Balzer among wine aficionados

1939 - (Left to right, front row)
Herman Wente, Ernest Wente, Dr. Maynard Amerine, Dr. A. J. Winkler.

(back row)
L. B. Johnson, Cresta Blanca, Ernest Ferrario of Ruby Hill, Harold Price of the San Francisco Wine & Food Society, Frank Garatti of Garatti Winery, Robert Lawrence Balzer.

Balzer as a flight intructor

1943 - U.S. Airforce flight instructor during World War II

Balzer as a monk

1956 - The first blue-eyed Buddhist monk in history, within the grounds of Wat Prachymsager on an island in the Mekong River opposite Phnom Penh. Balzer spent mornings in meditation, afternoons teaching English to young Cambodian monks.

Balzer with Mike Roy on KNX Radio

Robert Lawrence Balzer and Mike Roy on KNX Radio.

Balzer cooking on NBC

1955 - On NBC TV "Books in Review" for California's best wines.

Balzer aand Reagen

With Ronald Reagan.

Balzer and Eisenhoer

1963 - With President Eisenhower as his guest at his restaurant, the Tirol, in Idyllwild, Calif..

Diva Lily Pons and Balzer at Lincon's birthday.

With Diva Lily Pons on the occasion of Lincoln's Birthday celebration, featuring dishes from the Second Inaugural in 1865.

Fill Me IN

Robert Balzer and Yul Brynner (on the set of The King and I)

Balzer treading grapes

1971 - Treading grapes during the Fiesta de la Vendimia in Jerez de la Frontera

Balzer's 70th birthday

1972 - Award winning chefs salute Mr. Balzer on his 70th birthday at the Beverly Wilshire as Patrick Terrail looks on.

Burgess Meredith

Balzer with Burgess Meredith

Gloria Swanson

Balzer with Gloria Swanson

Balzer dancing the charleston expertly for his age

1982 - Doing the Charleston with Micky and Minnie en route to the Bistrot Gardens for the Travel Holiday reunion.

Balzer in China

Robert Lawrence Balzer, in China in 1983.

Posing with Tommy and Dick smothers

Robert Lawrence Balzer and his close friend Olivia de Havilland

Posing with Tommy and Dick smothers

With Tommy and Dick Smothers with their newly released wines.