Laurence S. B. Irving Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: December 21, 1871 in London, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 29, 1914 in transit aboard the "RMS Empress of Ireland"
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Laurence S. B. Irving (1871-1914), the son of famed English actor Henry Irving, spent three years in Russia as a diplomat before pursuing an acting career himself. He joined Frank Benson's Shakespeare Company in 1893. He married actress Mabel Hackney, and the couple appeared on stage together in several plays, including The Three Daughters of M DuPont and The Incubus. Irving became a noted playwright, using his experience in Russia to good effect in The Unwritten Law (an adaptation of Crime and Punishment), Peter the Great (1898), and Typhoon (set in the Russo-Japanese War, a big success when he toured Australia with Mabel Hackney). The couple died in the sinking of The Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence River (May 1914), which remains one of Canada's worse peacetime maritime disasters. Irving had apparently reached a place of safety, but returned to the water in an attempt to rescue Mabel.   

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