- Paul M. Potter adapted George du Maurier's novel into this popular four-act drama. It opened on 15 April 1895 for 208 performances at the Garden Theatre. Wilton Lackaye was acclaimed for his performance as Svengali, who molds Trilby, a beauty played by Virginia Harned, into an opera diva. Billee, an artist, wants to marry Trilby, but she chooses to continue performing under Svengali's guidance. When Svengali dies, Trilby's vocal talent dies with him. Billee reunites with her, but Trilby dies without the influence of Svengali. Lackaye appeared in well-received 1905 and 1915 Broadway revivals, as well as a 1915 silent motion picture version, but a 1938 revival with Walter Hampden proved most successful. Trilby also provided the source for a failed musical, The Studio Girl (1927), and the novel and/or play inspired at least a dozen film treatments, including a 1931 classic with John Barrymore retitled Svengali.
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trilby — (n.) type of hat, 1897, from name of Trilby O Ferrall, eponymous heroine of the novel by George du Maurier (1834 1896), published in 1894. In the stage version of the novel, the character wore this type of soft felt hat. In plural, also slang for … Etymology dictionary
trilby — ► NOUN (pl. trilbies) chiefly Brit. ▪ a soft felt hat with a narrow brim and indented crown. ORIGIN from the heroine of George du Maurier s novel Trilby (1894), in the stage version of which such a hat was worn … English terms dictionary
trilby — [tril′bē] n. [orig. worn in a stage version (1895) of the novel Trilby, by George du Maurier] Chiefly Brit. a man s soft felt hat with a narrow brim and the crown deeply dented front to back … English World dictionary
Trilby — A trilby hat (or simply trilby, originally Trilby hat) is a soft felt men s hat with a narrow brim, a deeply indented crown, and a pinch at the front. Traditionally it was made from rabbit hair felt, but is now sometimes made from other materials … Wikipedia
trilby —  The word trilby commemorates the name of Trilby O’Ferrall, the eponymous heroine of George du Maurier’s novel Trilby 1894. She was an artist’s model in Paris who fell under the spell of Svengali. In the stage version of the book the… … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins
trilby —  The word trilby commemorates the name of Trilby O’Ferrall, the eponymous heroine of George du Maurier’s novel Trilby 1894. She was an artist’s model in Paris who fell under the spell of Svengali. In the stage version of the book the… … Word origins
trilby — /tril bee/, n., pl. trilbies. Chiefly Brit. a hat of soft felt with an indented crown. Also called trilby hat. [1895 1900; short for Trilby hat, after the hat worn by a character in an illustration for the novel Trilby (1894) by George du… … Universalium
trilby — tril|by [ˈtrılbi] n also .trilby hat plural trilbies especially BrE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Trilby, female character in the book Trilby (1894) by George Du Maurier, who in the stage version of the book wore such a hat] a man s soft ↑felt hat … Dictionary of contemporary English
trilby — [[t]trɪ̱lbi[/t]] trilbies N COUNT A trilby or a trilby hat is a man s hat which is made of felt and has a groove along the top from front to back. [BRIT] … English dictionary
trilby — UK [ˈtrɪlbɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms trilby : singular trilby plural trilbies a man s hat worn with the top part pressed down along the middle … English dictionary