Nethersole, Olga


Nethersole, Olga
(1866-1951)
   Olga Isabella Nethersole was born in London, England. Although the actress-producer remained a British citizen, she was well-known on the American stage from 1894. In addition to her many starring roles on Broadway, she toured widely, often scandalizing middle Americans with portrayals of less-than-respectable women in plays like The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith (1895), Carmen in 1896, Clyde Fitch's Sapho (1900), Magda in 1906, and Mary Magdalene in 1910. Kansas City Star critic Austin Latchaw (Star, 20 June 1935) recalled of her "tropical love-making" on stage that "Nethersole respected no traditions when she believed she was delineating a character truthfully. She gave Carmen a very bad reputation before she got through with her. It was the same in Sapho. . . . When she first acted the role in New York, she was arrested and prosecuted for giving an immoral play. A jury of twelve men not only acquitted her, but sent her a special exoneration, signed by all of them."

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