Maude Adams
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Maude Adams
Maude Ewing Kiskadden, known professionally as Maude Adams, was an American stage actress who achieved her greatest success as Peter Pan. Adams's personality appealed to a large audience and helped her become the most successful and highest-paid performer of her day, with a yearly income of more than one million dollars during her peak. She was often referred to simply as "Maudie" by her fans.
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The Local Life of Maude Adams - Patch.com
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A painting from the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society museum (date and artist unknown) depicting Maude Adams as Peter Pan. She was only nine months old when she made her first stage appearance, but the professionalism was evident from
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Today in Theatre History: JULY 17 - Playbill.com
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1953 Actress Maude Adams dies today. Born in 1873, Adams, at the age of 32, played the title role in James M. Barrie's Peter Pan when it had its American premiere at the Empire Theatre in 1905. (Nina Boucicault played the role in
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MI5 boss Stella lusts for life of Octopussy - First Post
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Octopussy (above) was a circus owner and jewel smuggler who lived on a floating palace in India with a harem of female assassins, and was played by Swedish model Maude Adams in the 1983 film of the same name. It is a startling admission from Rimington,
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Growing up with 'Peter Pan' on Shelter Island - East Hampton Star
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It is the very first place in the United States where the timeless production of Sir JM Barrie's “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up” was read aloud and rehearsed by Mr. Barrie and Maude Adams, the actress who brought the part to life in the
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Florence E. Bessette - SouthCoastToday.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Survivors include a daughter, Beverlyn B. Silva and her husband, Richard of Marion; five siblings, Nathan B. Nye and his wife, Rosalind, I. Harry Nye and his wife, Ann, and Thomas Nye and his wife, Patricia, all of Marion, Maude Adams of Assonet,
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Birds We Have Known, Emulated and Eaten - New York Times (blog)
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A century ago, Maude Adams — one of the greatest actresses of her day and, for a time, the most popular — strutted on stage at the Knickerbocker Theater on Broadway as the star of “Chantecler,” a play by Edmond
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HAVENS | Tannersville, N.Y.; A More Sedate Catskills Outlives the Borscht Belt
NYTimes - almost 11 years
FOR a good part of the 20th century, summer in the Catskills was synonymous with ''Dirty Dancing''-style resorts and modest closet-size bungalows. What were less celebrated were its steep, hemlock-draped peaks -- notched and curved like teeth on a saw -- and its impressive collection of large vacation homes from an even earlier era. Many of these
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SPRING THEATER: CHILDREN'S THEATER; Beyond Fuzzy Animal Suits, All the Way to Art
NYTimes - almost 14 years
LIKE most everyone else, Scot Copeland, a Nashville theater administrator, remembers his first play. A self-described Army brat whose family moved frequently, he was ''one of those geeky, isolated kids who finds solace in books.'' At 16, he learned that a favorite novel, ''The Wind in the Willows,'' was going to be staged by a Birmingham, Ala.,
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Essay; I Remember Mae
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Mae West, who would be 106 if alive, is staging an impressive comeback. ''Dirty Blonde,'' a superb play by and starring Claudia Shear, brings her to life with such zesty insight that the Times critic cheered: ''Stand up, boys, and take your hats off. Mae West is back on Broadway.'' She is the subject of other plays and articles recalling her
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THEATER REVIEW; Shakespeare's Hostilities Of Courtship, Italian Style
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American cinema audiences of the 1950's and 60's were thrilled to the marrow when Italian movies demonstrated that you didn't have to make nice to make love. Sniping, scrapping and thumb-biting as foreplay? How exotic, how earthy, how passionate it all seemed when Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, or Anna Magnani and anyone, were butting
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THEATER; Vision of a Child's Inner World
NYTimes - over 18 years
ALL children grow up. They all know they will grow up. They all know after they're two. Two is the beginning of the end.'' And so ''Peter and Wendy'' begins. Published as a novel in 1911 by J.M. Barrie, seven years after Barrie's play, ''Peter Pan'' was produced, ''Peter and Wendy'' is thought of, to the extent that it is thought of at all, as a
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THEATER; A Play? Maybe Not, but What a Story
NYTimes - over 18 years
THE irate will protest. ''It is not a play,'' they will say, ''it is not theater,'' as some did after a recent performance of ''A Coffin in Egypt'' at the Bay Street Theater here. But it is storytelling. When Horton Foote writes the story and Glynis Johns reads it, in her fashion, one could do worse than to while away an hour and 20 minutes
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LETTERS
NYTimes - about 19 years
To the Editor: It was encouraging to read that the Empire Theater is to be moved and saved [''700-Ton Theater to Move to New Role, and Address,'' Nov. 30]. For many theater buffs, the Empire Theater will always be the one on Broadway at 40th Street, not the newer one farther north which assumed its name. It would have been interesting to contrast
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A CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS
NYTimes - almost 21 years
It is doubtful that I am the only one to notice how little coverage your 100th-anniversary issue gave to the first half of those 100 years. Strangest of all is the inclusion in the "Broadway" section of an article on Meryl Streep, a film actress who had a brief Off Broadway career in the 1970's. Could you find nothing on David Warfield, George M.
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THE NEEDIEST CASES;A Beggar's Request That Began a Tradition of Giving
NYTimes - about 21 years
On Christmas Day in 1911, a prosperous businessman finished his turkey dinner and decided to go for a stroll on the streets of New York. What happened to him resulted in the creation of a philanthropy that has helped poor New Yorkers ever since. The businessman was Adolph S. Ochs. In 1896, a century ago this year, he had bought The New York Times,
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Albert Hackett, 95, Half of Prolific Drama Team
NYTimes - almost 22 years
Albert Hackett, who won a Pulitzer Prize with his first wife and collaborator, Frances Goodrich, for their play "The Diary of Anne Frank," died on Thursday at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was 95. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Gisele Svetlik Hackett. In addition to being Broadway playwrights, Mr. Hackett and Miss
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maude Adams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 80
    Died on July 17, 1953.
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  • 1938
    Age 65
    After her retirement, Adams was on occasion pursued for roles in film. The closest she came to accepting was in 1938, when producer David O. Selznick persuaded her to do a screen test (with Janet Gaynor, who would later play the female lead) for the role of Miss Fortune in the film The Young in Heart.
    More Details Hide Details After negotiations failed, the role was played by Minnie Dupree, who like Adams had been a girlish whimsical type of actress. The twelve-minute screen test was later preserved by the George Eastman House in 2004. She died, aged 80, at her summer home, Caddam Hill, in Tannersville, New York, and is interred in the cemetery of the Sisters of the Cenacle, Lake Ronkonkoma, New York. The character of Elise McKenna in Richard Matheson's 1975 novel Bid Time Return and its 1980 film adaptation, Somewhere in Time, in which the character was played by Jane Seymour, was based on Maude Adams. In the novel, Elise is appearing in The Little Minister, which role was also said to have been written especially for her.
  • 1937
    Age 64
    Adams was the head of the drama department at Stephens College in Missouri from 1937 to 1943, becoming known as an inspiring teacher in the arts of acting.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1931
    Age 58
    After 13 years away from the stage, she returned to acting, appearing occasionally in regional productions of Shakespeare plays, including as Portia in The Merchant of Venice in Ohio, in 1931, and as Maria in Twelfth Night in 1934 in Maine.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1918
    Age 45
    Adams retired in 1918 after a severe bout of influenza.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1920s, she worked with General Electric to develop improved and more powerful stage lighting and with the Eastman Company in developing color photography. It has been suggested that her motivation for her association with these technology companies was because she wished to appear in a color film version of Peter Pan, and this would have required better lighting and techniques for color photography.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1911
    Age 38
    She appeared in another French play with 1911's Chantecler, the story of a rooster who believes his crowing makes the sun rise.
    More Details Hide Details She fared only slightly better than in L'Aiglon with the critics, but audiences again embraced her, on one occasion giving her twenty two curtain calls. Adams later cited it as her favorite role, with Peter Pan a close second.
  • 1909
    Age 36
    In 1909, she played Joan of Arc in Friedrich Schiller's The Maid of Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details This was produced on a huge scale at the Harvard University Stadium by Frohman. The June 24, 1909 edition of the Paducah Evening Sun (Kentucky) contains the following excerpt: Joan at Harvard, Schiller's Play reproduced on Gigantic scale. … The experiment of producing Schiller's "Maid of Orleans" beneath starry skies … was carried out … by... Adams and a company numbering about two thousand persons … at the Harvard Stadium. … A special electric light plant was installed … a great cathedral was erected, background constructed and a realistic forest created. … Miss Adams was accorded an ovation at the end of the performance.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1901
    Age 28
    Adams, a lesbian, had two long-term relationships, with Lillie Florence from the early 1890s until 1901, and with Louise Boynton from 1905 to 1951.
    More Details Hide Details She was known at times to supplement the salaries of fellow performers out of her own pay. Once while touring, a theater owner doubled the price of tickets knowing Adams's name meant a sold-out house. Adams made the owner refund the difference before she appeared on the stage that night.
  • 1900
    Age 27
    Romeo and Juliet was followed by L'Aiglon in 1900, a French play about the life of Napoleon II of France in which Adams played the leading role, foreshadowing her portrayal of another male (Peter Pan) five years later.
    More Details Hide Details The play had starred Sarah Bernhardt in Paris with enthusiastic reviews, but Adams's L'Aiglon received mixed reviews in New York.
  • 1899
    Age 26
    In 1899, she portrayed Shakespeare's Juliet.
    More Details Hide Details While audiences loved her in the role, selling out the sixteen performances in New York, the critics disliked it.
  • 1896
    Age 23
    On a trip to New York in 1896, Barrie attended a performance of Rosemary and at once decided that Adams was the actress to play Lady Babbie.
    More Details Hide Details Frohman worried that the masculine aspects of the book might overshadow Adams's role. With Barrie's consent, several key scenes were changed to favor Lady Babbie. The play opened in 1897 at the Empire Theatre and was a tremendous success, running for 300 performances in New York (289 of which were standing room only) and setting a new all time box office record of $370,000; it made Adams a star. It also toured successfully, running for 65 performances in Boston. Another play by Barrie, Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (1906), became the role with which Adams was most closely identified. She was the first actress to play Peter Pan on Broadway. Only days after her casting was announced, Adams had an emergency appendectomy, and it was uncertain whether her health would allow her to assume the role as planned. Peter Pan opened on October 16, 1905 at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. to little success. It soon moved to Broadway, however, where the play had a long run, and Adams appeared in the role on Broadway several times over the following decade. The collar of her 1905 Peter Pan costume, which she had co-designed, was an immediate fashion success and was henceforth known as the "Peter Pan collar".
    Less successful plays followed, including The Butterflies, The Bauble Shop, Christopher, Jr., The Imprudent Young Couple and The Squire of Dames. But 1896 saw an upturn for Adams with Rosemary.
    More Details Hide Details A comedy about the failed elopement of a young couple, sheltered for the night by an older man (Drew), the play received critical praise and box office success. Frohman had been pursuing J. M. Barrie (the future author of Peter Pan) to adapt the author's popular book The Little Minister into a play, but Barrie had resisted because he felt there was no actress who could play Lady Babbie.
    Frohman paired Adams and Drew in a series of plays beginning with The Masked Ball and ending with Rosemary in 1896.
    More Details Hide Details She then spent five years as the leading lady in John Drew's company. There, "her work was praised for its charm, delicacy, and simplicity." The Masked Ball opened on October 8, 1892. Audiences came to see its star, Drew, but left remembering Adams. Most memorable was a scene in which her character feigned tipsiness for which she received a two-minute ovation on opening night. Drew was the star, but it was for Adams that the audience gave twelve curtain calls, and previously tepid critics gave generous reviews. Harpers Weekly wrote: "It is difficult to see just who is going to prevent Miss Adams from becoming the leading exponent of light comedy in America. The New York Times wrote that Adams, "not John Drew, has made the success of The Masked Ball at Palmer's, and is the star of the comedy. Manager Charles Frohman, in attempting to exploit one star, has happened upon another of greater magnitude." The tipsy scene started Adams on her path to being a favorite among New York audiences and led to an eighteen-month run for the play.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1890
    Age 17
    In 1890, Frohman asked David Belasco and Henry C. de Mille to specially write the part of Dora Prescott for Adams in their new play Men and Women, which Frohman was producing.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, she appeared as Nell in The Lost Paradise. In 1892, John Drew, Jr. (one of the leading stars of the day) ended his eighteen-year association with Augustin Daly and joined Frohman's company.
  • 1889
    Age 16
    In 1889, sensing he had a potential new star on his hands, Hoyt offered her a five-year contract, but Adams declined in favor of a lesser offer from the powerful producer Charles Frohman who, from that point forward, took control of her career.
    More Details Hide Details She soon left behind juvenile parts and began to play leading roles for Frohman, often alongside her mother.
  • 1888
    Age 15
    She then became a member of E. H. Sothern's theatre company in Boston, appearing in The Highest Bidder, and then was on Broadway in Lord Chumley in 1888.
    More Details Hide Details Charles H. Hoyt then cast her in The Midnight Bell where audiences, if not the critics, took notice of her.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1872
    Born
    Born on November 11, 1872.
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