Doro, Marie


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(1882–1956), actress. Born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania, the lithe, delicately beautiful actress made her acting debut in St. Paul in 1901 and first appeared in New York in The Billionaire (1903). She next played in The Girl from Kay's (1903), before essaying Lady Millicent in James Barrie's Little Mary (1904). Doro's first starring part was in the title role of the waif in Friquet (1905), but she did not have a major success until her ingenious heroine Carlotta in The Morals of Marcus (1907). One critic noted, “She has a persuasive little personality, with eerie beauty as an asset. And she is charming in comedy and genuinely touching in emotion.” Most of her later successes were in London, but she did delight her American public as Oliver Twist (1912) and in the title role of Patience (1912). Doro's last appearance was as the wronged wife whose revenge is to dabble in prostitution in Lilies of the Field (1921).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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