Emily Stevens


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(1882–1928), actress. The talented niece of Mrs. Fiske was born in New York and made her stage debut in a small role in her aunt's mounting of Becky Sharp in 1900. She continued with Fiske for nearly a decade, playing such increasingly important roles as Claire Berton in Leah Kleschna (1904) and Grace Phillimore in The New York Idea (1906). Among her later roles were Emily Griswold, who reforms her corrupt, power-hungry husband, in The Boss (1911); the spoiled wife Lily Wagner in Today (1913); the selfish wife Caroline Knolys in The Unchastened Woman (1915); the hedonistic wife Mathilde Fay in Fata Morgana (1924); and Hedda Gabler (1926). Although Stevens specialized in neurotic, disagreeable women, the theatre world was shocked when the beautiful actress committed suicide at the height of a brilliant career.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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