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DAME IRENE VANBRUGH - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: E. M. ROBSON - HFSID 304702

DAME IRENE VANBRUGH and E. M. ROBSON Signatures of the actress and the playwright Signatures: "Irene Vanbrugh", "E. M. Robson", 4¼x2¼. Dame IRENE VAN BRUGH (1872-1949), née Barnes starred in British stages for over 50 years.

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DAME IRENE VANBRUGH and E. M. ROBSON
Signatures of the actress and the playwright
Signatures: "Irene Vanbrugh", "E. M. Robson", 4¼x2¼. Dame IRENE VAN BRUGH (1872-1949), née Barnes starred in British stages for over 50 years. (Vanbrugh was the stage name chosen by Irene and here acting sister Violet, not a married name.) Parts were written for her by J. M. Barrie, Bernard Shaw, Somerset Maugham, A. A. Milne and Noël Coward, and she starred in several plays by Arthur Wing Pinero. Lewis Carroll chose Vanbrugh to play the White Queen and the Knave of Hearts in a revival of Alice in Wonderland, her London debut (1888). After touring Australia in J. L. Toole's company and performing on London stages with Herbert Beerbohm Tree, among others, she created the role of Gwendolen Fairfax in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). After a tour of America, she created the role which made her famous, Sophy Fullgarney in Pinero's The Gay Lord Quex (1899). In 1901 she married Dion Boucicault, Jr., and often appeared with him for the rest of his life. She appeared in her first film in 1916, and followed that with a screen version of The Gay Lord Quex. She appeared in ten talkies between 1933 and 1945. Her silver jubilee as an actress was a gala charity event in 1938, attended by the Queen and many luminaries. Although skilled in dramatic roles, Vanbrugh was best known for her comic roles. She was active in fund-raising for many years, especially for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, run by her brother, Kenneth Barnes. She was honored with a DBE in 1941, and the RADA theatre is named the Vanbrugh in honor of the sisters Irene and Violet. E. M. ROBSON (1854-1932) was an English character actor, praised for bringing "comic relief" to the 1897 melodrama The Mariners of England. He produced one play (with William Lestocq), a three-act farce, The Foundling. While not staged today, this play had considerable importance. It debuted in London in 1894, and is considered a major influence on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Charles Frohman brought it to New York, where it ran for 200 performances in 1895, and then had a successful tour. Irregularly cut at edges. Lightly worn. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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