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Effie Ellsler II


Charming Effie Ellsler created one of the great melodramatic woman's roles in 19th-century America, "Hazel Kirke," and so great was its fame that she toured the play for years despite being a versatile and brilliant actress capable of playing the broad range of repertoire. Daughter of comedian and theatre manager John Ellsler and actress Effie Ellsler I, Effie II learned to act as she learned to read, performing child roles from toddlerhood on. She appeared on stage with every great luminary of mid-century American drama--Booth, Cushman, Forrest, Morris--before she had reached puberty. With the widest range of feminine models to chose from, Effie II emulated gravitated toward the graceful beauties.