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Maxine Elliott 1871 ~ 1940


Maxine Elliott

Was born at Rockland, Maine, February 5, 1871. She was educated at the Notre Dame Academy, Roxbury, Massachusetts, and made her first appearance on the stage at Palmer's Theatre, New York, November 10, 1890, as Felicia Umfraville, in "The Middleman," with E. S. Willard, when Mr. Willard made his debut on the American stage. She also played with him in "John Needham's Double," taking the part of Virginia Fleetwood.' She has appeared in "A Fool's Paradise," "Judah," "The Professor's Love Story," "The Prodigal Daughter," "The Voyage of Suzette," "Sister Mary," "London Assurance," "Diplomacy," "A Woman of No Importance," and "For-get-Me-Not," and in January, 1895, she was a member of the late Augustin Daly's Company, at the Daly Theatre, in New York, in "The Heart of Ruby," "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," "Nancy and Company," "The Honeymoon," "A Mid-summer Night's Dream," and "The Two Escutcheons."

Her first appearance in London was made at the Daly Theatre, July 2, 1895, as Sylvia in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"; and she also played during this engagement in "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In 1896, she appeared at the Fifth Avenue Theatre as Eleanor Cuthbert in "A House of Cards." In 1896 she was married to Nat Goodwin, and accompanied him on a tour to Australia. She appeared in "A Gilded Fool," "An American Citizen," "In Mizzoura," "Nathan Hale," and "The Cowboy and the Lady." She appeared at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, June 5, 1899, in the last mentioned part. At the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York, in 1900, she appeared in "When We Were Twenty-one," and in 1901, as Portia in "The Merchant of Venice." At the Comedy Theatre, London.

September, 1901, she played in "When We Were Twenty-one." In 1902, she toured the United States in "The Altar of Friendship." In 1903, she appeared as a "star" for the first time under the management of Charles B. Dillingham, in "Her Own Way," which after touring several cities in the United States was produced at the Lyric Theatre, London, in 1905. In August, 1905, she played "Jo" Sheldon in "Her Great Match," and was seen at the Criterion in this part later. In 1907, she again appeared in London at the Lyric Theatre as Mary Hamilton in "Under the Greenwood Tree," returning to the United States and appearing at the Garrick Theatre, December 25, 1907.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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