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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Actors & Actresses of a bygone age


Jessie Eliza Bateman Born 1877, died 1940. An English Stage actress she  began her career as a child actress.  After early success on tour in Shakespearean roles, she built her career both in London and foreign tours. She had her greatest success in the early years of the 20th century, and her career spanned over half a century.
 Carlotta Addison Born 1849 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She was an actress, known for The Blue Bird (1910).  She died on June 15, 1914 in London, England.
 Iris Hawkins Born in 1893 Newmarket in Cambridgeshire. She continued on the stage as an adult actress although she never grew beyond her childhood physique - at the age of twenty still weighing only 69lbs (31 kilos) and barely four feet in height. Consequently, she was largely limited to 'small' roles, often playing young boys or appearing in fairy plays where her diminutive figure only added to the magic.


Forbes Robertson Born 1853, died 1937,was an English Actor and Theatre manager. He was considered the finest Hamlet of the Victorian era and one of the finest actors of his time, despite his dislike of the job and his lifelong belief that he was temperamentally unsuited to acting.


Phyllis Neilson Born 1892, died 1977 an English Actress  a member of the third generation of the theatrical dynasty the Terry family. After early successes in the classics, including several leading Shakespearean  roles, she spent more than four years in the US, in generally lightweight presentations.
Returning to England in 1919 she pursued a varied career, including cabaret, pantomime and variety as well as returning to Shakespeare and other classics. One of her last major roles was in Terance Rattigan's Separate Tables (1954) in which she played in the West End and on Broadway.


 Arthur Roberts Born 1852, died 1933 an English comedian, music hall entertainer and actor He was a famous pantomime Dame and later for his comic characters and gagging in farces, burlesques and musical comedies. He is credited with coining the word "spoof".

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