Booth, Edwin


Booth, Edwin
(1833-1893)
   Generally acknowledged as the greatest actor in American theatre history, Edwin Booth was born on Junius Brutus Booth's Maryland farm, reportedly on a night of shooting stars. In his youth, he toured with his father and even on occasion substituted for his father, although he developed a far more restrained and natural style in contrast to the romantic excess of the earlier generation. His physical attributes contributed to his compelling portrayals: a lithe body, luminous and expressive eyes, and a melodiously caressing voice.
   Booth toured with Laura Keene to Australia (1854-1855) and had two successful European tours (1861-1862 and 1881-1882). In 1860, he married actress Mary Devlin (1840-1863), and in 1869, Mary McVicker (d. 1881). In 1864, Booth famously played Shakespeare's Hamlet for 100 consecutive performances. His other great roles included both Iago and Othello in Othello, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and the title roles in Richelieu, Macbeth, and King Lear. Devastated by his brother's assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Booth left the stage for a year. He built the exquisitely appointed Booth's Theatre in New York. It opened in 1869, but proved to be financially draining, and he had to sell it in 1873.
   Edwin Booth toured extensively during the 1880s, including two noteworthy "joint star" tours with Lawrence Barrett. In this same era, he was the first major actor to have his voice recorded by Thomas A. Edison. In 1888, Booth founded The Players, a theatrical club that continues to this day in his New York home on Gramercy Square, where he died.

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  • Booth, Edwin — ▪ American actor in full  Edwin Thomas Booth  born Nov. 13, 1833, near Belair, Md., U.S. died June 7, 1893, New York, N.Y.       renowned tragedian of the 19th century American stage, best remembered as one of the greatest performers of… …   Universalium

  • Booth, Edwin (Thomas) — born Nov. 13, 1833, near Belair, Md., U.S. died June 7, 1893, New York, N.Y. U.S. actor. Born into a noted theatrical family, he played his first starring roles in Boston and New York City in 1857. He became famous as Hamlet, appearing in the… …   Universalium

  • Booth, Edwin (Thomas) — (13 nov. 1833, cerca de Belair, Md., EE.UU.–7 jun. 1893, Nueva York, N.Y.). Actor estadounidense. Nacido en el seno de una destacada familia del teatro, en 1857 interpretó sus primeros roles estelares en Boston y Nueva York. Logró la fama como… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Edwin Booth — (* 13. November 1833 bei Belair, Maryland; † 7. Juni 1893 in New York City) war ein US amerikanischer Schauspieler und Bruder des Attentäters Abraham Lincolns, John Wilkes Booth …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Booth — Booth, William * * * (as used in expressions) Booth, Edwin (Thomas) Booth, John Wilkes Booth, William Tarkington, (Newton) Booth …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Booth family — The Booth family were an English American theatrical family of the 19th century. Its most famous and infamous members were Edwin Booth, one of the leading actors of his day, and John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.The patriarch… …   Wikipedia

  • Booth — /boohth/; Brit. /boohdh/, n. 1. Ballington /bal ing teuhn/, 1859 1940, founder of the Volunteers of America 1896 (son of William Booth). 2. Edwin Thomas, 1833 93, U.S. actor (brother of John Wilkes Booth). 3. Evangeline Cory /kawr ee, kohr ee/,… …   Universalium

  • Edwin — /ed win/, n. 1. Also, Eadwine. A.D. 585? 633, king of Northumbria 617 633. 2. a male given name: from Old English words meaning rich, happy and friend. * * * (as used in expressions) Julian Edwin Adderley Aldrin Edwin Eugene Jr. Armstrong Edwin… …   Universalium

  • Edwin — (as used in expressions) Julian Edwin Adderley Aldrin, Edwin Eugene, Jr. Armstrong, Edwin H(oward) Bessey, Charles E(dwin) Birkenhead, Frederick Edwin Smith, 1 conde de Booth, Edwin (Thomas) Church, Frederic Edwin Cohn, Edwin Joseph Hubble, Edwin …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • booth — /boohth/, n., pl. booths /boohdhz, boohths/. 1. a stall, compartment, or light structure for the sale of goods or for display purposes, as at a market, exhibition, or fair. 2. a small compartment or boxlike room for a specific use by one occupant …   Universalium


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