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Winifred Emery

(1862—1924) actress


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(1862–1924), English actress, granddaughter of John Emery. She began her long career in 1870 at Liverpool and four years later was in pantomime in London. In 1879 she made her adult début at the Imperial Theatre. She was later with Wilson Barrett, John Hare, and the Kendals, and then joined the Lyceum Theatre company under Henry Irving whom she accompanied on his American tours in 1884 and 1887, playing leading roles in Shakespeare and other productions. She returned to London in 1888 and married Cyril Maude, becoming his leading lady when he went into management at the Haymarket Theatre in 1896. A beautiful woman of great charm, she was one of the most versatile and popular actresses of her day; among her finest parts were Lady Windermere in Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) and Lady Babbie in Barrie's The Little Minister (1897), both of which she created.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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