Dillingham, Charles Bancroft


Dillingham, Charles Bancroft
(1868-1934)
   Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he moved from journalism to theatre management to producing. He enjoyed associations with Charles Frohman, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., and Abraham Erlanger in addition to his own Dillingham Theatre Corporation. In 35 years, he produced over 200 plays in New York, with a predilection for clean, classy musicals like those of Victor Herbert. Among the stars he managed were Margaret Anglin, Kyrle Bellew, Elsie Janis, Julia Marlowe, and Fritzi Scheff. In 1910, he built the Globe Theatre, which he managed while also running the Hippodrome from 1910 to 1923. So beloved was the dapper bon vivant known as "Good Time Charlie" that friends contributed to maintain his trademark wardrobe after his 1933 bankruptcy.

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