Patricia Collinge


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(1894–1974), actress. The Dublin-born performer appeared briefly in London before coming to America in 1908. Highlights of a career that spanned half a century included Bettina Dean, the stage-struck heroine, in The Show Shop (1914); the title part in Pollyanna (1915), a role she played for three years; leading assignments in revivals of Hedda Gabler (1926), The Importance of Being Ernest (1926), She Stoops to Conquer (1928), and Becky Sharp (1929); the weakling Birdie in The Little Foxes (1939); and Lavinia Penniman, the heroine's mischievous, secretive aunt, in The Heiress (1947).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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