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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
Sarah 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 Rejane 1910 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA6ljBRdSJ0
Sarah Bernhardt La Samaritaine 1903 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjyB18FVGNc&feature=related
Sarah Bernhardt in Daniel 1921 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWGjd39dPg8
Blanche deBar Booth (1844-1930) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjVepKMFXro "I have a rendezvous with death"
(1833-1893) Son of the noted actor Junius Brutus
Booth (and brother-in-law of
played Hamlet for 100 performances with
Fund Fair in 1892.
Edwin Booth reading Othello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM82m1MJn_g
Players Club, Booth Bedroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxaF7FSLoe4
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
May Robson YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfsNdSiI0J4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prc61EjGWJQ
With Lionel Barrymore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP4CBR4GOIA
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
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
Lady Windermere's Fan 1925 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELOfTVWgzlQ
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
Octoroon by Dion Boucicault http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6N6hGfY6tk
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 was in Thompson's Sunshine of Paradise Alley in 1900.
Othello read by Edwin Booth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM82m1MJn_g
Rip Van Winkle with Joseph Jefferson 1903 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwiBdrOtGmA
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
Daniel Frohman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVeZlLO6-fM 4.40 minutes talking about Broadway
Daniel Frohman's Lyceum Theatre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOdSlwUS4XM
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
Benjamin Harrison c.1889 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU4gGEL5c8g
Grover Cleveland 1892 campaign speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-5Bk1Hjstc
Last Updated January 31, 2019
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