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Roselle Knott



The Canadian actress whose "beauty, dash, and ability" earned her the sobriquet, "The Julia Marlowe of the West," won sudden acclaim in 1905 playing Mary Tudor in "When Knighthood was in Flower." Though finding fame radiating by youth and verve, she was a married woman with a teenaged daughter. She became a touring star with her own company, appearing in works such as J.M. Barrie's "Alice Sit-by-the-Fire" and "The Awakening of Helen Richie." It was the waning era of such touring ensembles. By 1913 her company had fallen apart.

A dramatic actress possessed of a close attention to detail, a systematic approach to characterization, and a grasp of the innovations in cosmetology, her evolution into a star took a decade. The most important role in her development was that of the Christian girl thrown to the lions in 1901's "Quo Vadis?" David S. Shields/ALS