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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
Sarah Bernhardt La Samaritaine 1903 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjyB18FVGNc&feature=related
Sarah Bernhardt in Daniel 1921

Blanche deBar Booth (1844-1930) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjVepKMFXro  "I have a rendezvous with death" 

Edwin Booth (1833-1893)  Son of the noted actor Junius Brutus Booth (and brother-in-law of  Agnes Booth) played Hamlet for 100 performances with Isabella (Nickinson) Walcot.   Opened the Actors 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) Opened the Actors 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 clothes.
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

May Robson (1858/65-1942) Was in San Francisco in 1886 and played in Jim the Penman including the 1887 Actor's Fund 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?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcIClng5K94 
There is a discredited "recording" of The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Lady Windermere's Fan 1925

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  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtTjxzaX4s   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTakC-3zGxo

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

Two Orphans  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

Theatrical Manager
Daniel Frohma
n 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

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