Fiske, Minnie Maddern, 1865-1932

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Dates:
Birth 1865-12-19
Death 1932-02-15

Biographical notes:

Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865-1932), an American actress known onstage as Mrs. Fiske (born Marie Augusta Davey), appeared in dramas, comedies, and musical comedies.

From the description of Minnie Maddern Fiske letters, 1913-1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122486237

From the guide to the Minnie Maddern Fiske letters, 1913-1941, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

American actress.

From the description of Letters from Mrs. Fiske, American actress, to Mrs. Thomas Jeffress, and from Harrison Grey Fiske regarding the death of Mrs. Fiske, with obituary clippings [manuscript] 1930-1932. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647964568

Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress; and her husband, Harrison Grey Fiske, theater manager.

From the description of Minnie Maddern Fiske and Harrison Grey Fiske papers, 1818-1955 (bulk 1884-1932). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449233

Biographical Notes

Minnie Maddern Fiske

  • 1865, Dec. 19: Born Marie Augusta Davey, New Orleans, La.
  • 1868: First stage performance, as the young Duke of York in Shakespeare's Richard III
  • 1880: Appeared on New York stage for the first time, in Fritz, Our German Cousin
  • 1882: Married LeGrand White (divorced 1888)
  • 1890: Married Harrison Grey Fiske
  • 1894, Feb. 15: First appearance in Henrick Ibsen's A Doll's House
  • 1897, Mar. 2: First appearance in Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • 1899, Sept. 4: First appearance in Becky Sharp
  • 1901 - 1907 : Co-managed Manhattan Theater with Harrison Grey Fiske
  • 1903: First appearance in Hedda Gabler
  • 1908, Nov. 12: First appearance in Salvation Nell
  • 1912 - 1913 : Campaigned for legislation forbidding importation of aigrette plumes
  • 1925: Honored in Washington, D. C., as advocate for animal welfare
  • 1927: Awarded honorary D.Lit., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1931, Nov. 7: Last stage performance, appearing in Against the Wind in Chicago, Ill.
  • 1932, Feb. 14 (15?): Died, Hollis, Long Island, N.Y.

Harrison Grey Fiske

  • 1861, July 30: Born, Harrison, N.Y.
  • 1879: Editor, New York Dramatic Mirror
  • 1882: Assisted in establishing the Actor's Fund, a charitable organization providing social and health services to actors in need
  • 1890: Married Minnie Maddern
  • 1893 - 1931 : Managed acting career of Minnie Maddern Fiske and other leading actors
  • 1901 - 1907 : Operated the Manhattan Theater, New York, N.Y., to provide a stage for productions independent of Charles Frohman's theatrical syndicate
  • 1908 - 1932 : Produced, arranged, and staged plays
  • 1911: Sold New York Dramatic Mirror
  • 1914: Declared bankruptcy
  • 1942, Sept. 3: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Minnie Maddern Fiske and Harrison Grey Fiske Papers, 1818-1955, (bulk 1884-1932), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Theater--Production and direction--United States
  • Theater management
  • Dramatic criticism
  • Labor unions--United States
  • American drama
  • Strikes and lockouts
  • Acting
  • Theater--United States
  • Animal welfare
  • Theater
  • Labor unions
  • Theater--Finance
  • Vivisection
  • Applications for positions
  • Theater--Production and direction

Occupations:

  • Actresses
  • Theater managers
  • Actors
  • Actresses--United States

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)