Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991

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British-born actress, director, and producer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Westport, Conn., to Edward Wagenknecht, 1967 Feb. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270864535

Eva Le Gallienne (1899-1991) was an actress, producer, director, translator, teacher and writer.

From the description of Eva Le Gallienne, prop letters from Camille, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517244

From the guide to the Eva Le Gallienne, prop letters from Camille, undated, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Eva Le Gallienne was born January 11, 1899, in London, England. She attended College Sevigne, Paris, France, 1907-14, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England, 1914. She had a career and an actress and director, receiving numerous awards. Her writing career included adaptation of plays, translation of titles, and author of two memoirs. She contributed articles and reviews to numerous periodicals. In 1986, Ronald Reagan presented her with the National Medal of Arts. She died June 3, 1991 at Westom, CT. Something About The Author 9:133 1976Something About The Author 68:130 1992.

From the description of Eva Le Gallienne Papers 1959. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 437298013

Eva Le Gallienne, founder and director of the Civic Repertory Theatre, New York City, undated

Eva Le Gallienne was born 11 Jan 1899 in London, the daughter of poet and journalist Richard Le Gallienne and Danish journalist Julie Noiregard. Le Gallienne attended drama school for a few months, then moved to New York in 1915. Her first success on stage was at age 20 and was followed by other hits. She abandoned her acting career in 1926 and founded the Civic Repertory Theatre, which closed in 1933. Thirty-two of the thirty-four plays presented there were directed by Le Gallienne. She also starred on Broadway in L'Aiglon with Ethel Barrymore, and translated, staged, and acted in Ibsen's Rosmersholm. She moved with her companion Marion Evensen to a country estate and continued to lecture, tour, and act. Le Gallienne played Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart from 1957 to 1962. She won the National Medal of Arts in 1986. Le Gallienne died June of 1991.

From the guide to the Eva Le Gallienne Papers MS 92., 1951-1962, (Sophia Smith Collection)

Eva Le Gallienne, actress, director and producer was born January 11, 1899.

She founded the Civic Repertory Theatre in 1926 where she directed and often starred. In 1941 she produced and directed AH, WILDERNESS! She appeared in television shows such as PLAYHOUSE 90, HALLMARK HALL OF FAME, DUPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH and KRAFT TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE. Ms. Le Gallienne also taught acting at the White Barn Theatre and gave a series of lectures on tour.

From the description of Eva Le Gallienne papers and audiotapes, 1903-1991. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652391

Eva Le Gallienne, actress, director and producer, was born in London, England on January 11, 1899.

Her theater debut was at the age of 15 in the London production of MONNA VANNA in which she played a page. She made her New York debut in 1915 in the play MRS. BOLTAY'S DAUGHTERS. In 1926, Eva LeGallienne founded the Civic Repertory Theatre where she directed and starred in many of the productions including THE MASTER BUILDER, THE THREE SISTERS, TWELFTH NIGHT and HEDDA GABLER to name a few. In 1941 she produced and directed AH, WILDERNESS!

In 1946 with Cheryl Crawford and Margaret Webster she founded the American Repertory Theatre. Eva Le Gallienne toured in THE CORN IS GREEN which opened at New York City Center in 1950. She also toured with the National Repertory Theatre in the play MARY STUART. Other touring productions include THE SEAGULL and RING AROUND THE MOON.

Ms. Le Gallienne's television credits include the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, PLAYHOUSE 90 broadcast of THE CORN IS GREEN, DUPONT SHOW OF THE MONTH production of THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY and MARY STUART for KRAFT TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE.

From the description of Eva Le Gallienne papers, 1903-1986. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122571463

Actress; Author; Theatrical director and producer.

Born in London, 1899; moved to New York City in 1915. First success on stage at age 20; starred on Broadway in L'Aiglon with Ethel Barrymore; founded Civic Repertory Theatre, 1926, where 32 of the 34 plays were directed by Le Gallienne. Translated, staged, and acted in Ibsen's Rosmersholm. Later moved with companion, Marion Evensen, to country estate and continued to lecture, tour, and act. Played Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart, 1957-1962. Won National Medal of Arts in 1986.

From the description of Papers, 1951-1962. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 50119198

Biographical Note

  • 1899, Jan. 11: Born, London, England
  • 1914: Professional stage debut in Monna Vanna, Queen's Theatre, London, England
  • 1914 - 1915 : Attended Sir Herbert Tree's Academy of Dramatic Art (later named Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), London, England
  • 1915: First important stage role in The Laughter of Fools, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, England Moved to the United States Broadway stage debut in Mrs. Boltay's Daughters, Manhattan Theatre, New York, N.Y.
  • 1916 - 1917 : First leading role in Mr. Lazarus, Shubert Theatre, New York, N.Y.; toured California and Arizona with same play titled The Happy Stranger
  • 1918: Joined Ethel Barrymore's acting company
  • 1921: Role of Julie in Liliom produced by the Theatre Guild Active in National Woman's Party
  • 1923 - 1924 : Role of Princess Alexandra in The Swan, Cort Theatre, New York, N.Y., and on tour
  • 1925: Starred in Jehanne d'Arc, Porte Saint Martin Theatre, Paris, France Produced, directed, and starred in The Master Builder, New York, N.Y.
  • 1926: Produced, directed, and starred in John Gabriel Borkman, New York, N.Y. Toured with The Master Builder and John Gabriel Borkman Founded Civic Repertory Theatre, based in Fourteenth Street Theatre, New York, N.Y.
  • 1931: Closed Civic Repertory Theatre Seriously injured in propane explosion in her home; later campaigned to have a distinguishing odor added to tank gas
  • 1932: Reopened Civic Repertory Theatre
  • 1933: Closed Fourteenth Street Theatre; brought her repertory company to Broadway and on national tour
  • 1934: Published At 33. New York: Longmans Green and Co.
  • 1935: Disbanded Civic Repertory Theatre Declined offer to head Federal Theatre Project
  • 1937: Played role of Hamlet, Cape Playhouse, Dennis, Mass.
  • 1946: Founded American Repertory Theatre with Cheryl Crawford and Margaret Webster
  • 1948: Dissolved American Repertory Theatre
  • 1948 - 1949 : Recital tour performing scenes from classical plays
  • 1949: Published Flossie and Bossie. New York: Harper
  • 1950: Published Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen. New York: Modern Library
  • 1950 - 1951 : Recital tour performing scenes from classical plays
  • 1952: Founded Theatre Masterworks with Margaret Webster and Maurice Evans
  • 1953: Published With A Quiet Heart. New York: Viking Press
  • 1955: Appeared in film The Prince of Players
  • 1958: Appeared in film The Devil's Disciple
  • 1959: Published Seven Tales. New York: Harper
  • 1961 - 1962 : Performed with National Repertory Theatre on tour
  • 1962: Directed and acted in Association of Producing Artists production of Ghosts, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 1963 - 1967 : Toured with National Repertory Theatre as actor and director
  • 1966: Published The Mystic in the Theatre: Eleonora Duse. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • 1968: Joined Association of Producing Artists (APA) Phoenix Theatre as actress and director
  • 1975 - 1976 : Starred as Fanny Cavendish in The Royal Family at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., on Broadway, and on tour
  • 1978: Received Emmy Award for performance in television production of The Royal Family
  • 1980: Appeared in film Resurrection; received Academy Award nomination for her performance Published The Spider and Other Stories. New York: Thomas Crowell Co.
  • 1982 - 1983 : Directed and appeared as White Queen in Alice in Wonderland
  • 1984: Final acting performance in episode of television program "St. Elsewhere"
  • 1986: Awarded National Medal of Arts
  • 1991, June 3: Died, Weston, Conn.

From the guide to the Eva Le Gallienne Papers, 1875-1993, (bulk 1916-1983), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Eva Le Gallienne, actress, director and producer, was born in London, England on January 11, 1899.

Her theater debut was at the age of 15 in the London production of Monna Vanna in which she played a page. She made her New York debut in 1915 in the play Mrs. Boltay's Daughters . In 1926, Eva LeGallienne founded the Civic Repertory Theatre where she directed and starred in many of the productions including The Master Builder, The Three Sisters, Twelfth Night and Hedda Gabler to name a few. In 1941 she produced and directed Ah, Wilderness!

In 1946 with Cheryl Crawford and Margaret Webster she founded the American Repertory Theatre. Eva Le Gallienne toured in The Corn Is Green which opened at New York City Center in 1950. She also toured with the National Repertory Theatre in the play Mary Stuart . Other touring productions include The Seagull and Ring Around the Moon .

Ms. Le Gallienne's television credits include the Hallmark Hall Of Fame production of Alice in Wonderful, Playhouse 90 broadcast of The Corn Is Green, Dupont Show of the Month production of The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Mary Stuart for Kraft Television Playhouse .

From the guide to the Eva Le Gallienne papers, 1903-1986, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Eva Le Gallienne was born January 11, 1899, in London, England. She attended College Sevigne, Paris, France, 1907-14, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England, 1914. She had a career and an actress and director, receiving numerous awards. Her writing career included adaptation of plays, translation of titles, and author of two memoirs. She contributed articles and reviews to numerous periodicals. In 1986, Ronald Reagan presented her with the National Medal of Arts. She died June 3, 1991 at Westom, CT.

Something About The Author 9:133 1976

Something About The Author 68:130 1992.

From the guide to the Eva Le Gallienne Papers, 1959, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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referencedIn Davenport Papers, 1884-1959 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Philip Faversham papers, 1919-1982 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Bromberg, J. Edward, 1903-1951. J. Edward Bromberg papers, 1924-1951. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966, 1924-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Peffer, Crawford A., 1868-1961. Crawford and Ella Peffer/Redpath Chautauqua collection, 1912-1997. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Webster, Margaret, 1905-1972. Margaret Webster papers, 1837-1974 (bulk 1937-1970). Library of Congress
creatorOf Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991. Eva Le Gallienne papers and audiotapes, 1903-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Meade, Julian R. (Julian Rutherfoord), 1909-1940. Papers of Julian Meade Rutherfoord, 1928-1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wagner, Frederick,. Frederick Wagner autograph collection, 1917-1961. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Faversham, Philip. Philip Faversham papers, 1919-1982. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Hedda Gabler / by Henrik Ibsen ; newely translated by Eva Le Gallienne ; directed by Peter Dearing, 1961 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Eppes, William D. Autograph collection of William D. Eppes, 1908-1998. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Frederick Wagner autograph collection, 1917-1961. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Hochwälder, Fritz, 1911-1986. The strong are lonely. Translation by Eva Le Gallienne from the original of Fritz Hochwälder and the French version of Jean Mercure and Richard Thieberger. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967,. Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents, 1915-1967. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Francis Wilson papers, 1875-1958 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Mix, Katherine Lyon. Letters received concerning The Yellow book, 1930-1960. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Accademia degli immobili (Florence, Italy). [Blank book] [realia] New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Civic Repertory Theatre records, 1917-1985, 1925-1936 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946. Albert and Marie Sterner letters received, 1899-1945. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Frank Fay's vaudeville caricature, 1939. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ross, Jerome. Studio one-- "The shadow of a genius" / by Jerome Ross. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Robert Benney research materials, 1926-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Magill, James Phineas, 1885-1974. Papers, 1911-1974. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Howard D. Rothschild papers, 1921-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Coburn, Charles. [Theater programs and related ephemera in the John Davis Batchelder Collection. 2. Shakespeare]. Library of Congress
creatorOf Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991. Eva Le Gallienne papers, 1903-1986. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Lillian B. Gilkes Papers, 1900-1976 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn J. Edward Bromberg papers, 1924-1951 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Civic Repertory Theatre (New York, N.Y.). Civic Repertory Theatre records, 1917-1985 (bulk 1925-1936). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Eva Le Gallienne papers, 1903-1986 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Eva Le Gallienne, prop letters from Camille, undated The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Eva Le Gallienne Papers, 1959 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
creatorOf Sendak, Maurice. Seven tales : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lortel, Lucille. Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
referencedIn May Sarton Papers, 1846-1995, 1920-1995 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Souvenir programs of contemporary personalities, 1880-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Davenport, Butler. Davenport papers, 1884-1959. Amherst College Library
creatorOf Eva Le Gallienne Papers, 1875-1993, (bulk 1916-1983) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Eva Le Gallienne Papers MS 92., 1951-1962 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991. Papers, 1951-1962. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991. Eva Le Gallienne Papers 1959. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Theater Collection MS 450., 1870-1982 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Frank, Adelaide Schulkind. Papers, 1925-1972 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Margaret Webster Papers, 1837-1974, (bulk 1937-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Sophia Smith Collection. Theater Collection, 1870-1982 (bulk 1970-1980). Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Sarton, May, 1912. May Sarton Papers 1846-1995 bulk(1920-1995). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Theatrical letters sent to Herbert I. Jackson, 1898-1944. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991. Autograph letter signed : Westport, Conn., to Edward Wagenknecht, 1967 Feb. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Roberts, Mary Fanton, 1871-1956. Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wagner, Charles A., 1901-. Papers, 1939-198-. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Acosta, Mercedes de. Papers, 1855-1964 (bulk 1920-1962). Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991. Eva Le Gallienne, prop letters from Camille, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923 person
associatedWith Bromberg, J. Edward, 1903-1951. person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904 person
associatedWith Civic Repertory Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Civic Repertory Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Civic Repertory Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Davenport, Butler person
associatedWith Dumas, Alexandre, 1824-1895. person
associatedWith Duse, Eleonora, 1858-1924. person
associatedWith Eppes, William D. person
associatedWith Evenson, Marion Gunnar. person
associatedWith Ewald, Carl, 1856-1908 person
associatedWith Faversham, Philip. person
associatedWith Frank, Adelaide Schulkind. person
associatedWith Gilkes, Lillian B. (Lillian Barnard), 1902-1977 person
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associatedWith Hochwälder, Fritz, 1911-1986. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, Josephine, 1904- person
associatedWith Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906 person
correspondedWith Jackson, Herbert I., recipient. person
associatedWith Le Gallienne, Julie Nørregaard, 1863-1942 person
associatedWith Le Gallienne, Richard. person
correspondedWith Lortel, Lucille. person
associatedWith Magill, James Phineas, 1885-1974. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Meade, Julian R. (Julian Rutherfoord), 1909-1940. person
associatedWith Mix, Katherine Lyon. person
associatedWith Molnár, Ferenc, 1878-1952 person
associatedWith Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966 person
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associatedWith Sarton, May, 1912-1995 person
associatedWith Sendak, Maurice. person
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associatedWith Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946. person
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associatedWith Wagenknecht, Edward, 1900-2004, person
associatedWith Wagner, Charles A., 1901- person
associatedWith Wagner, Frederick, person
associatedWith Wagner, Frederick, collector. person
associatedWith Webster, Margaret, 1905-1972. person
associatedWith Wilson, Francis, 1854-1935 person
associatedWith Yurka, Blanche person
correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
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