Le Gallienne, Eva


Le Gallienne, Eva
(1899-1991)
   Distinguished actress and director Eva Le Gallienne was the daughter of noted writer Richard Le Gallienne. Born in London, she trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and made her Broadway debut in Mrs. Boltay's Daughters (1915), but toiled with little success before scoring a triumph as Julie in the American premiere of Fe-renc Molnâr's Liliom (1921), following this with another success in Molnâr's The Swan (1923). Le Gallienne's most significant achievement was founding the Civic Repertory Theatre (CRT), a bold attempt to establish the repertory system on Broadway with the goal of bringing classics of international drama to American audiences at bargain prices. Established in 1926 with the financial aid of Otto Kahn, the CRT ran for six seasons before financial strains ended the experiment, although Le Gallienne herself gave well-received performances in a range of CRT productions, including roles as Masha in Three Sisters, Viola in Twelfth Night, Sister Joanna in The Cradle Song, Elsa in the Pulitzer PRizE-winning Susan Glaspell drama Alison's House,* the White Queen in her own adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, as well as Peter Pan and Hedda Gabler. Among those acting with the CRT were Alla Nazimova, with whom Le Gallienne had a lesbian relationship. Le Gallienne also directed many CRT productions and continued acting in New York and on tour, scoring a particular success as Lettie in Thomas Job's* Uncle Harry* (1942).
   After World War II, in partnership with Cheryl Crawford* and Margaret Webster,* Le Gallienne attempted once again to establish a New York company, the American Repertory Theatre* (ART), but it, too, failed. She continued to act until late in her life, occasionally appearing in motion pictures. Le Gallienne may have rivaled Katharine Cornell or Helen Hayes had she chosen a more commercial career, but she preferred experimenting with the classics and serious modern drama, especially the plays of Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and George Bernard Shaw.

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  • Le Gallienne, Eva — born Jan. 11, 1899, London, Eng. died June 3, 1991, Weston, Conn., U.S. British born U.S. actress and director. After moving to New York City in 1915, she appeared in minor stage roles before starring in Liliom (1921). She founded the Civic… …   Universalium

  • Le Gallienne,Eva — Le Gal·lienne (lə gălʹyən, găl yĕnʹ), Eva. 1899 1991. British born American actress who founded (1926) and directed (1926 1934) the Civic Repertory Theatre in New York City. * * * …   Universalium

  • Le Gallienne, Eva — (11 ene. 1899, Londres, Inglaterra–3 jun. 1991, Weston, Conn., EE.UU.). Actriz y directora de teatro estadounidense nacida en Gran Bretaña. En 1915 se mudó a Nueva York e interpretó papeles menores en teatro antes de protagonizar Liliom, la… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Eva Le Gallienne — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Eva Le Gallienne Nombre real Eva Le Gallienne Nacimiento 11 de enero de 1899 , Londres …   Wikipedia Español

  • Eva Le Gallienne — (* 11. Januar 1899 in London; † 3. Juni 1991 in Weston, Connecticut) war eine US amerikanische Schauspielerin, Regisseurin, Theaterleiterin und produzentin. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Auszeichnungen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Eva — Según la Biblia tanto cristiana como judía, Eva fue la primera mujer que Dios creó sobre la Tierra. * * * (as used in expressions) Adán y Eva Braun, Eva Hesse, Eva Le Gallienne, Eva Perón, Eva (Duarte de) María Eva Duarte …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Eva — /ee veuh/, n. a female given name, form of Eve. * * * (as used in expressions) Braun Eva Hesse Eva Le Gallienne Eva Perón Eva Duarte de María Eva Duarte * * * …   Universalium

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