Julia Arthur


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(1869–1950), actress. She left her native Canada, where she had participated in amateur theatricals, to spend several seasons playing important Shakespearean roles in Daniel E. Bandmann's touring company. Her first New York appearance was under A. M. Palmer's aegis as Queen Fortunetta in The Black Masque (1891), followed by Lady Windermere in the first American production of Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) and the heroine in Mercedes (1892). After performing in England with Henry Irving's Lyceum Company, Arthur became a star when she played the title role in A Lady of Quality (1897). But then she temporarily retired, not returning to the stage until 1914 when she gave special performances in Boston and Baltimore. New York applauded her again as the Woman in The Eternal Magdalene (1915), followed by the title role in the tragedy Seremonda (1917), a member of the all-star cast of Out There (1918), Lady Cheveley in An Ideal Husband (1921), and Lady Macbeth. After touring in 1924 as Saint Joan she retired permanently. A small, dark-haired, large-eyed beauty, Arthur was said to have brought her singular hauteur and dignity to all the roles she played.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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