Eugenie Leontovich
Actress, acting teacher
Eugenie Leontovich
Eugenie Leontovich was a Russian-born stage actress with a distinguished career in theatre, film and television. She was described as "[o o]ne of the most colourful figures of the 20th-century theatre, a successful actress, producer, playwright and teacher."
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Eugenie Leontovich, 93, Actress, Playwright and Teacher, Is Dead
NYTimes - almost 24 years
Eugenie Leontovich, an actress, playwright, director and teacher who created memorable roles on Broadway in "Grand Hotel," "Twentieth Century" and "Anastasia," died yesterday at the Kateri Nursing Home in Manhattan. She was 93. The cause was cardiac arrest and pneumonia, said Dr. Joseph Klager, a doctor at the nursing home. Miss Leontovich was born
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STAGE VIEW; Two Musicals We Needed Have Checked In
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: I think we can tell ourselves that it's going to be all right now. I think we can tell ourselves that it's going to be all right now. We did need two things rather desperately in this curious crapshoot we call the American theater. We very much needed an old musical that would remind us of how good we'd been. And we needed a new musical that
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Two Directors Reshape Classics From the 20's; 'Grand Hotel'
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: THE ROOMS AT THE HOTEL DIPLOMAT ON West 43d Street in Manhattan go for $45 a night. In the lobby, the paint is peeling from the walls and ceiling. There are holes in the sofas, the cashiers and the clerks are imprisoned behind glass and a sign informs new guests that the maximum stay is 28 days. THE ROOMS AT THE HOTEL DIPLOMAT ON West 43d
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NYTimes - about 30 years
RARELY has so much talent been so lavishly expended on a project that remains so steadfastly inert. ''Anastasia: The Story of Anna,'' a four-hour production on NBC at 9 P.M. Sunday and Monday, was directed and produced by Marvin J. Chomsky (''Roots,'' ''Holocaust,'' ''Peter the Great''), written by James A. Goldman (the films ''The Lion in
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  • 1993
    Age 92
    Died on April 3, 1993.
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  • 1972
    Age 71
    In 1972, she adapted Anna Karenina for off-Broadway, calling it Anna K. and appearing in it with success.
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  • 1936
    Age 35
    In 1936, she had played Shakespeare's Cleopatra at the New Theatre, returning to London in 1947 as a female Russian general in a farce which she co-authored, Caviar To The General, which temporarily displaced Phyllis Dixey at the Whitehall.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, she moved to Los Angeles, where for the next five years she had her own theatre, The Stage, where she both produced and performed.
  • 1935
    Age 34
    It was in this play that she made a highly successful London debut at the Lyric Theatre in 1935, with Cedric Hardwicke as her co-star.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II she appeared on Broadway in Dark Eyes, a comedy she wrote with Elena Miramova about three Russian exiles in New York. The play was produced in London after the war with Eugenia Delarova and Irina Baronova.
  • 1932
    Age 31
    She played the role from December 29, 1932 until May 20, 1933.
    More Details Hide Details In 1954 Leontovich created the role of the Dowager Empress in the play Anastasia on Broadway. (The role was played by Helen Hayes in the film version.) She also played the Archduchess Tatiana in Tovarich, a comedy about a pair of Russian aristocrats who survive in Paris by going into domestic service.
  • 1923
    Age 22
    Her second husband was actor, producer, and director Gregory Ratoff, whom she married in 1923; they lived in California until their divorce.
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  • 1922
    Age 21
    Leontovich made her Broadway debut in 1922 in Revue Russe, appearing with Gregory Ratoff, whom she married the following year.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared on Broadway in Bitter Oleander (1935), Dark Eyes (1943) which she co-wrote, and Obsession (1946). Her most notable role as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia (1954). She was nominated for a Tony Award for William Saroyan's The Cave Dwellers. Her films include Anything Can Happen (1952), The Rains of Ranchipur (1955), The World in His Arms (1952) and Homicidal (1961). She also appeared on an episode of Naked City.
    In 1922, she "found her way to New York and set about mastering the English language".
    More Details Hide Details Her success led to Broadway stardom. After touring the country in Blossom Time, she was cast as Grusinskaya in an adaptation of Vicki Baum's novel Grand Hotel. An enormous success, the play, which opened in 1930, was later filmed with Garbo in the part created by Leontovich. After Grand Hotel Leontovich was given the role of Lily Garland (aka Mildred Plotka) in Twentieth Century, a comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur that was later made into a musical, a decided change of pace.
  • 1900
    Born on March 21, 1900.
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