Irene Vanbrugh

Irene Vanbrugh

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Dame Irene Vanbrugh DBE (2 December 1872-30 November 1949) was an English actress. The daughter of a clergyman, Vanbrugh followed her elder sister Violet into the theatrical profession and sustained a career for more than 60 years. In her early days as a leading lady, she was particularly associated with the plays of Arthur Wing Pinero, and she later had parts written for her by J. M. Barrie, Bernard Shaw, Somerset Maugham, A. A. Milne and No l Coward. More famous in comedy than in serious roles, Vanbrugh nevertheless played a number of the latter both in modern works and in the classics. Her stage debut was playing Shakespeare, but she seldom acted in his works later in her career, although exceptions were her Queen Gertrude in Hamlet in 1931, and her Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, opposite her sister Violet as Alice Ford, in 1937. Vanbrugh appeared frequently in fund-raising shows for various charities. She was concerned over many years in the support of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, of which her brother was principal. After her death, the new theatre attached to the academy was named The Vanbrugh Theatre in honour of her and her sister.show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 272g
  • Chrono Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134959847
  • 9786134959841