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Laurette Taylor

(b. New York, 1 April 1884; d. New York, 7 Dec. 1946) Actress who began in vaudeville, then performed in cheap-priced touring shows, including those of her first husband, Charles ...

Taylor, Laurette

Taylor, Laurette (1 April 1884)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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..., Laurette [ Loretta Cooney ] (b. New York , 1 April 1884 ; d. New York , 7 Dec. 1946 ) Actress who began in vaudeville , then performed in cheap-priced touring shows, including those of her first husband, Charles A. Taylor . In 1912 she enjoyed two Broadway successes, The Bird of Paradise and the long-running Peg o' My Heart written by J. Hartley Manners , who became her second husband and wrote most of the mediocre vehicles in which she subsequently starred. After his death in 1928 she became a reclusive alcoholic, returning to the...

Taylor, Laurette

Taylor, Laurette (1884–1946)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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..., Laurette ( née Cooney ), , ( 1884–1946 ), American actress. She had already had a long career, being on the stage from childhood as ‘La Belle Laurette’ in vaudeville , when in 1912 she appeared at the Cort Theatre , New York, as Peg in Peg o' My Heart , by her second husband John Hartley Manners ( 1870–1928 ). She played the part in London in 1914 . It was always thereafter associated with her, and she also starred in many of his other 30 plays, though they were not worthy of her considerable talent. After Manners's death she retired from the...

Taylor, Laurette

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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..., Laurette [ née Loretta Cooney ] ( 1884–1946 ), actress . One of the greatest, yet, in a way, most tragic of all American performers, she was born in New York and began her theatrical career as a child in vaudeville, where she was billed as “La Belle Laurette.” She later played many years in various stock companies as well as touring in plays by her first husband, Charles A. Taylor , before her first success as the Hawaiian princess Luana in The Bird of Paradise ( 1912 ). Even greater acclaim fell to her for her winsome performance in the title...

Taylor, Laurette

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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..., Laurette ( Cooney ) ( 1884–1946 ) American actress. Taylor began acting in 1903 and developed a technique markedly different from her peers in commercial theatre; Brooks Atkinson described it as ‘spontaneous and eloquent’. The critic John Corbin wrote that Taylor had ‘the greatest talent, the greatest spirit of our times’, but that her ability was wasted in poor dramatic material. In 1911 she married the English playwright J. Hartley Manners and starred in a series of immensely popular plays by him, most notably Peg o' my Heart . Taylor...

Taylor, Laurette

Taylor, Laurette (1884–1946)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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..., Laurette ( Cooney ) ( 1884–1946 ) Distinctive American actress who began acting in 1903 . The critic John Corbin wrote that Taylor had ‘the greatest talent, the greatest spirit of our times’, but that her ability was wasted in poor dramatic material. In 1911 she married the English playwright J. Hartley Manners and starred in a series of immensely popular plays by him, most notably Peg o' my Heart . Taylor performed more than 1,000 times the role of the plucky young Irishwoman who inherits a fortune and wins the heart of London society....

Laurette Taylor

Laurette Taylor  

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(b. New York, 1 April 1884; d. New York, 7 Dec. 1946)Actress who began in vaudeville, then performed in cheap-priced touring shows, including those of her first husband, Charles ...
Alias Jimmy Valentine

Alias Jimmy Valentine  

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(1910),a play by Paul Armstrong. [Wallack's Theatre, 155 perf.] Lee Randall (H. B. Warner) is a trusted bank employee who is engaged to Rose Lane (Laurette Taylor). What neither ...
Charles A. Taylor

Charles A. Taylor  

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(1864?–1942), producer and playwright.Born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, he is said to have run away from home after reading about the life of P. T. Barnum. Taylor tried a ...
Shelley Hull

Shelley Hull  

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(1883–1919), actor.Born in Louisville, Kentucky, where his father was drama critic of the Courier‐Journal, he first came to New York's attention playing the small part of Captain de Crespigny ...
Margaret Wycherly

Margaret Wycherly  

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(1881–1956), actress.The slim, sad‐eyed performer was born in London but raised in Boston. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she made her debut in 1898 opposite ...
Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise  

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(1912),a play by Richard Walton Tully. [Daly's Theatre, 112 perf.] On a languid Hawaiian island, a promising young American scientist, Paul Wilson (Lewis S. Stone), falls in love with ...
Peg O' My Heart

Peg O' My Heart  

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(1912),a comedy by J. Hartley Manners. [Cort Theatre, 603 perf.] No sooner do the Chichesters learn they are bankrupt than a small silver lining appears: The late brother of ...
J. Hartley Manners

J. Hartley Manners  

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(b. London, 10 Aug. 1870; d. New York, 19 Dec. 1928)Playwright. He began his career as an actor and came to America in 1902 in one of his own ...
Cort Theatre

Cort Theatre  

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(New York).One of Broadway's smaller and most engaging theatres, the Cort on West 48th Street was designed by Edward B. Corey to hold a thousand spectators comfortably in an ...
Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre  

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New York, on West 48th Street, between Broadway and the Avenue of the Americas. Built by William A. Brady, this opened in 1911, and had its first success with Broadhurst's ...
Eliard Swanston

Eliard Swanston  

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(?–1651),prominent member of the King's Men from 1624 to the closing of the theatres in 1642. He appears to have been on the stage for at least two years ...
Glass Menagerie

Glass Menagerie  

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A: Tennessee Williams Pf: 1944, Chicago Pb: 1945; rev. 1970 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Tenement apartment, St Louis, 1944 and 1930s C: 2m, 2fThe action is presented as a reminiscence of his home life some ...
Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams  

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1911–1983)US playwright. He made a lasting contribution to the theatre, not least in introducing a highly effective kind of theatrical poetry in his fine control of language and sense of ...
Manners, J[ohn] Hartley

Manners, J[ohn] Hartley (10 Aug. 1870)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...J[ohn] Hartley (b. London , 10 Aug. 1870 ; d. New York , 19 Dec. 1928 ) Playwright . He began his career as an actor and came to America in 1902 in one of his own plays. He found his métier writing vehicles, usually rosy-hued, for his wife, Laurette Taylor , most notably Peg o' My Heart ( 1912 ). Gerald...

Taylor, Charles A[lonzo]

Taylor, Charles A[lonzo] (1864?–1942)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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..., Charles A[lonzo] ( 1864?–1942 ), producer and playwright . Born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, he is said to have run away from home after reading about the life of P. T. Barnum . Taylor tried a number of odd jobs before writing his first play. Within a short time he was a successful turn‐of‐the‐century producer and author of cheap touring blood‐and‐thunder melodramas, many of which were written for his wife, Laurette Taylor . His titles included The Escape from Chinatown , Escape from the Harem , From Rags to Riches , and Stolen by Gypsies ....

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