The Stage Reminiscences of Mrs. Gilbert (Google eBook)

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1901 - Actors - 247 pages
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Page 58 - No matter how far apart they were, she seemed to know, in some mysterious way, when si The Stage Reminiscences of anything was wrong with him. If he were ill, or unfit to play, he would often receive a letter of sympathy, counsel, and warning, written when she could not possibly have received any news of him.
Page 58 - A man lived so wholly with people who thought as he did that any one on the other side was hateful to him. Whatever drew Wilkes Booth into the plot, it was not quite dare-deviltry. And if the lot fell to him to do the thing, I feel sure that he went through with it without a backward thought. He had that kind of loyalty, that kind of courage. Perhaps the devotion of a high-strung Nihilist, who believes in his cause, comes nearest to expressing it.
Page 61 - ... on the other side was hateful to him. Whatever drew Wilkes Booth into the plot, it was not quite dare-deviltry. And if the lot fell to him to do the thing, I feel sure that he went through with it without a backward thought. He had that kind of loyalty, that kind of courage. Perhaps the devotion of a high-strung Nihilist, who believes in his cause, comes nearest to expressing it. I ought to say that this is just ray fancy from having known the man.
Page 31 - I wonder if I should do that in just that way, if I were acting that part ? " We would get our Monday part on the Saturday, and that gave us all day Sunday for study ; but for the rest of the week we would get the Tuesday part on the Monday, have perhaps a bit of Monday afternoon, and Monday night after the performance, for study, have a rehearsal on Tuesday morning, play the part on Tuesday night, and then begin work on another part for Wednesday night. A different play every night was the rule....
Page 57 - Wilkes Booth. He was very handsome, most lovable and lovely. He was eccentric in some ways, and he had the family failings, but he also had a simple, direct, and charming nature. The love and sympathy between him and his mother were very close, very strong.
Page 35 - To this day, much painting of the face distresses me ; and the excessive blackening of the eyes, and the little red spot in the corners, affect me most unpleasantly. It looks as if the actor had hurt himself badly ! They tell me I never look quite the same in any two parts, but except for this care about detail in costume, which has clung to me always; I do very little to make myself different. Painted age and painted wrinkles never look natural, and I avoided them as much as possible, even when...
Page 203 - Miss Irwin's fun is neither American nor English, but universal. She has the real spirit of comedy in her, something of the rollicking mischief that always lived in Mrs. John Wood. Her silences were as funny as her speeches, and to see her as the respectful, but too-knowing maid, listening to Lewis in his favorite character of humbugging husband, was a treat that foreign audiences appreciated at first sight. The English audiences were always good to us, though their critics were sometimes severe...
Page 118 - Virginia. Even then he wrote the plays, gave out the parts, and managed the whole thing with an iron hand. Mr. Daly never told me a word of all this he rarely talked about himself anyway but at our regular New-Year dinners of later years, Judge Daly, his famous brother, often gave us anecdotes of their common childhood. I remember he told us once that Augustin never acted in these boyish plays, but would often rush in among them all and show them how to do things. And often, too, " he would...
Page 137 - ... to quote one of Judge Daly's stories. In all their games and plays Augustin was undisputed master, and he rode them all, though he was never willing to " be horse " himself. Yet I have seen him on his hands and knees, making a most obedient horse for his own boys. He was devoted to those two boys, planning their future with more care and thought than he ever put into the plays on which all their fortunes depended.
Page 171 - Gilbert. out at the second Fifth Avenue Theatre, although it took a year or more to bring it to a head. There is no use in reviewing quarrels at this late date, but I have always felt that the people " behind " the theatre thought that they could get on just as well without Mr. Daly's management. I know that they treated him badly, and he lost money, and things were very much out of joint for a time. Sides were taken, of course, and the company was broken up. Lewis left, after a battle royal with...

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