Mrs. Leslie Carter: Biography of the First American Stage Star of the Twentieth Century

Mrs. Leslie Carter: Biography of the First American Stage Star of the Twentieth Century

By: Craig Clinton (author)Paperback

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Born Caroline Louise Dudley, Mrs. Leslie Carter was destined to become one of America's principal turn-of-the century actresses. In 1889, a high profile divorce case labeled her an adulteress and sent her to the brink of poverty. With characteristic resilience, however, Mrs. Carter used infamy to her advantage. Retaining her married name as an act of revenge against her ex-husband, she approached David Belasco, one of the foremost playwrights of the day, and persuaded him to teach her the art of acting. So began one of theatre's most prolific partnerships. Not only did Belasco become Mrs. Carter's acting coach, he composed plays specifically as vehicles to showcase her particular talents. Although their relationship ruptured in 1906, Mrs. Carter continued to enjoy international renown. Weathering the changing times and methods of the early twentieth century, she persevered through stage, silent movies and vaudeville shows. This biography focuses particularly on Mrs. Carter's successful career and on her professional partnership with David Belasco. Spanning a period of radical transformation in American theatre, her career reflected - and endured - the artistic changes, which occurred during the decades on either side of the century mark. Period photographs and theatrical art are included.

About Author

Craig Clinton is the Director of Theatre at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

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  • ISBN13: 9780786427475
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 228
  • ID: 9780786427475
  • ISBN10: 0786427477

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