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Gertrude Bennett


The brunette beauty who for a brief period at the turn of the 20th century graced a half-dozen costume dramas and romantic plays had a love/hate relationship with the stage. Of English birth, her first performance before the public was as "Hymen" in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at Stratford-on-Avon. Her beauty and her vocal elegance immediately secured her bookings in America. Mrs. Fiske contracted her to do repertory for her touring company. James O'Neill hired her to be Constance in his perpetually touring production of "Three Musketeers." When that role palled she played Amy Falconer in "The Choir Invisible," and then accepted employment by Liebler & Company to play Flossie Williams in "Unleavened Bread." In 1902 Daniel Frohman hired her to be a leading lady in his New York stock company.

In late 1902, while playing "The Sword of the King," she contracted an illness that eventually forced her retirement from the stage. She should not be confused with the dancer of the same name who partnered Joe Hess in vaudeville from 1915-1920.

NOTES: David S. Shields/ALS