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Of course EJ Phillips died in 1904 just as moving pictures were beginning to be made. As far as we know there were no recordings of her voice, or many of her contemporaries. But searching YouTube and Google Video for some of her colleagues turns up a surprising number of examples of their craft.
Actors & Actresses
Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actress who made her
American debut at Booth’s Theatre in 1880. She was in the audience when Alabama
was produced at Palmer's Theatre in 1891, and
this is probably when Maud Harrison got her copy of her
recipe for preventing colds.
Sarah Bernhardt in Daniel 1921 with recording of Phedre 1902 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiQ-W6vT6hQ
Sarah Bernhardt La Samaritaine 1903 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjyB18FVGNc&feature=related
Sarah Bernhardt with a man in a car 1916 http://www.videosurf.com/video/sarah-bernhardt-with-a-man-in-a-car-united-states-1217863833 no sound
(1833-1893) Son of the noted actor Junius Brutus
Booth and brother-in-law of Agnes Booth,
played Hamlet for 100 performances with
Fund Fair in 1892.
Edwin Booth reading Othello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM82m1MJn_g
Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905)
Fund Fair in 1892.
Joseph Jefferson in Rip van Winkle 1903 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwiBdrOtGmA
Julia Marlowe (1866-1950)
Detroit, Michigan, March 13, 1895 I
did have a letter from Robert Taber, husband of
Julia Marlowe, wanting to know my terms for next Season. I wrote him a week
ago yesterday but so far have had no reply so I imagine I frightened him. Would
like to be with them there, for she plays all the old plays in which I am at
home, and there would not be much study, but I would require lots of good
Julia Marlowe and EH Sothern in Taming of the Shrew http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaxdIHU6V3k&feature=related Romeo & Juliet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcqG0zJLJIE
Helena Modjeska (1840-1909)
San Francisco, July 31, 1886
Owen Fawcett called this AM. He is playing with [Helena]
Modjeska. They close tonight and leave tomorrow for Los Angeles.
Documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUPNInge7GA Still pictures, any film clips?
James O'Neill (1847-1920) Actor, father
of playwright Eugene O'Neill, and model for roles in Ah, Wilderness! and
Long Day's Journey into Night. "Returned to the
Union Square Theatre
stock company in January 1882, in The New Magdalen.
First appeared as Edmund Dantes in The Count of
Monte Cristo in 1883. "Although he subsequently played other roles...his public
demanded only his Monte Cristo and as a rule he obliged."
James O'Neill in the Count of Monte Cristo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xugto_CjWyc
(1858/65-1942) Was in San Francisco in 1886 and played in
Jim the Penman
including the 1887
excursion to Washington DC.
"Delighted in playing eccentrics, usually elderly or unhandsome ....adept at eliciting tears from her audiences, she excelled in comedy." Dictionary of American Biography
In A star is born 1937 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xg6qA27upE more May Robson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux3xVc-gaJw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfsNdSiI0J4
William Gillette (1853-1937) Actor, playwright and manager Esmerelda, an Annie Russell vehicle and Too Much Johnson.
as Sherlock Holmes 1936 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38HgyxMThOw&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfHaVFKSYGE&feature=related
There are any number of
films about Oscar Wilde and films of his
plays. Are there any actual film clips?
There is a discredited "recording" of The Ballad of Reading Gaol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUObQv5guR8
London Assurance by Dion Boucicault was performed in EJ Phillips in 1852 in Canada. YouTube 2010 London performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bze7m1ENLqo&feature=related
Old Homestead by Denman Thompson Church Scene http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziREbdguQnA was a play both EJ Phillips and daughter Hattie went to -- and Eliza Nickinson Peters seemed to have been in 1900.
Hart Jackson's translation of Les Deux Orphelines by Eugene Corman
and Adolphe Phillipe D'Ennery 1880 (first produced 1875). EJ Phillips
played the Countess at the Union Square Theatre
DW Griffith 1921 film clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6EoFe2l5VE&feature=related
Adelina Patti (1843-1919) Spanish singer, who sang at the May 1892 Actors Fund Fair (along with "other distinguished soloists, a chorus of 1,000 volunteers and a grand orchestra, to three of the largest audiences [7,000 the first night and 12,000 at the last matinee.] ever assembled at concerts.
Adelina Patti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xJxw-j1i0c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl02WT4KLvc
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