19th Century Actor Autobiographies by George Iles

By George Iles

I First visual appeal. A father's recommendation. How Salvini studied his artwork. Faults in performing. the need to excel in every little thing. A version for Othello. First stopover at to the USA. In Cuba. visual appeal in London. Impressions of Irving's Hamlet. The decline of tragedy. Tragedy in languages. American severe flavor. Impressions of Edwin sales space. ADELAIDE RISTORI First appearances. Salvini and Rossi. appears to be like as woman Macbeth. As supervisor. First stopover at to the USA. starts to play in English. JOSEPH JEFFERSON [William iciness, the dramatic critic of the hot York Tribune, in 1894 wrote the "Life and artwork of Joseph Jefferson," released via the Macmillan corporation, London and big apple. He supplies an account of Jefferson's lineage, after which says: "In Joseph Jefferson, fourth of the road, well-known as Rip Van Winkle, and destined to be lengthy remembered through that identify in dramatic historical past, there's an seen union of the salient traits of his ancestors. the country luxuriance, manly energy, careless and adventu

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Its members do not, it is true, suggest that he should marry with their daughters, but why should they? An actor has a very unattractive kind of life to offer to any woman who is not herself following his profession. What I mean is that the fact of a man being an actor does not debar him from such gratification as he may find in the pleasures of society. And I believe that the effect of such raising of the actor's status as has been witnessed in the last fifty years has been to elevate the general tone of our calling and bring into it men and women of education and refinement.

To answer the first part of the question is not, I think, very difficult. The supremely great actor or actress of natural genius need have no education or knowledge of languages; it will be immaterial whether he or she has enjoyed all the advantages of birth and education or has been picked up in the streets; genius, the highest talent, will assert itself irrespective of antecedents. But I should say that any sort of education was of the greatest value to an actor or actress of average ability, and that the fact that the ranks of the stage are recruited to-day to a certain extent from our great schools and universities, from among classes of people who fifty years ago would never have dreamed of entering our calling, is one on which we may congratulate ourselves.

Thus the poet recognised the actor's art as a most potent ally in the representations of human life. He believed that to hold the mirror up to nature was one of the worthiest functions in the sphere of labour, and actors are content to point to his definition of their work as the charter of their privileges. ACTING AS AN ART. HOW IRVING BEGAN The practice of the art of acting is a subject difficult to treat with the necessary brevity. Beginners are naturally anxious to know what course they should pursue.

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