Before the Players, and long before the Friars, there were the Lambs. Founded over Christmas weekend in 1874 as New York’s first social club for actors, the Lambs Club became the epicenter of show business at the turn of the twentieth century. Since the group’s founding, there have been over 6,000 lambs, including John Barrymore, Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplain, and Fred Astaire. The club traces its roots back to an eponymous club in London that took its name from Charles and Mary Lamb, the famous salon hosts.