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Julia Marlowe
(1866-1950)


"...of medium height, slender and frail of aspect, with a pale and rather sallow face, great, dark, and wistful eyes, a head that seemed too big for her body, beautiful, dark-brown hair." an early biographer

Marlowe, Julia [née Sarah Frances Frost] (1866-1950) This British-American actress was born on August 16th, near Keswick, Cumberland, England. When she was four years old, she was brought to Cincinnatti, Ohio, by her mother where they joined her father, who had been forced to flee England after injuring a neighbor in a whipping. In American the family changed the name to Brough, and it was as Fanny Brough that she made her stage debut in that city in 1879 in one of the many juvenile troupes of H.M.S. Pinafore that were the rage of the day. She continued to sing in comic opera for several seasons before playing Heinrich in a touring company of Rip Van Winkle in 1882. She was tutored in the classic repertory by Ada Dow, a retired actress. In 1884, Miss Dow brought Julia to New York, where she secured touring engagements for her in roles such as Lady Teazle and Miss Hardcastle, and later in 1896 as Lydia Languish with Joseph Jefferson and Mrs. John Drew in a  production of The Rivals. She made her New York debut as Parthenia in Ingomar in 1887.  In December of the same year, she performed in Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Ingomar at the Star Theatre with Joseph Haworth as her leading man, and grew rapidly in the public esteem. Over the next several seasons she offered her Viola, Rosalind, and Julia in The Hunchback. For several years, she played Shakespeare heroines opposite her first husband Richard Taber. Following their separation in 1899 she had a New York triumph with the title role in Barbara Frietchie. This was followed by her portrayal in 1901 of Mary Tudor, the sister of Henry VIII, in When Knighthood Was in Flower, directing the production when it went on tour. Both of these roles were at the behest of the Theatrical Syndicate to gain her a larger following and to recoop the losses her Shakespeaean tours had incurred.   Most of her later career was in Shakespearean roles co-starring with her second husband, E.H. Sothern. Illness forced a temporary retirement in 1915, and when she was hurt in an accident in 1924, she retired permanently . She died in New York City on November 12, 1950 at the age of 84.

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Portrait Portrait Portrait (1890)
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as Julia in
The Hunchback 
as Julia in
The Hunchback 
in The Love Chase (1894)
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Portrait Portrait Portrait
Julia Marlowe in an unidentified role (1901)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (86300 bytes) Julia Marlowe-studio shot (looking at fan & rose)-photo-tinted-Resized.jpg (134841 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Juliet on her way to Friar's cell-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (89845 bytes)
in an unidentified role (1901) Portrait as Juliet
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Portrait (1906) Portrait Portrait
Julia Marlowe as Galatea in Pygmalion & Galatea-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (67665 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Imogen in Cymbeline (1893)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (69913 bytes) Julia Marlowe in Colinette (1889)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (69850 bytes)
as Galatea in 
Pygmalion & Galatea
as Imogen in
Cymbeline (1893)
in Colinette (1889)
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as Countess Valeska
Julia Marlowe (young)-studio shot in white dress reclining-photo-tinted-Resized.jpg (102421 bytes) Julia Marlow as Parthenia in Ingomar-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (84898 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Pathenia in Igomar postcard-B&W-Resized.jpg (342691 bytes)
as Parthenia in Ingoma

as Parthenia in Ingoma (1887)

as Parthenia in Ingoma
Julia Marlowe in Barbara Frietchie-Photo-B&W_Resized.jpg (56379 bytes) Julia Marlowe in Barbara Frietchie-Production Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (300223 bytes) Julia Marlowe_head shot 2-B&W-Resized.jpg (57466 bytes)
in Barbara Frietchie in Barbara Frietchie (1900)
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as Juliet

as Juliet as Juliet
Julia Marlowe & Robert Taber in Bonnie Prince Charlie (1897)-Photo-B&W-Cropped & Resized.jpg (96387 bytes) Julia Marlowe-studio shot (with Taber)-photo-tinted-Resized.jpg (111525 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Mary of the Highlands in Bonnie Prince Charlie (1896)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (71542 bytes)
with Robert Taber in Bonnie Prince Charlie (1897) Mr. & Mrs. Taber as Mary of the Highlands in Bonnie Prince Charlie (1897)
Julia Marlow as Katharine in Taming of the Shrew-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (91289 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1905)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (82606 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Lady Teazle (1894)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (88313 bytes)
as Katherine in
The Taming of the Shrew
as Katherine in
The Taming of the Shrew
as Lady Teazle (1894)
Julia Marlowe & E.H. Sothern in Anthony and Cleopatra (1909)_Photo-B&W-cropped & resized.jpg (165679 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Cleopatra-photo-B&W-resized.jpg (124760 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Lady Macbeth (1910)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (82381 bytes)
with E.H Sothern in Anthony & Cleopatra (1909) as Cleopatra (1909) as Lady Macbeth (1910)
Julia Marlowe as Rosalind (1910)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (65038 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Rosalind_Photo-tinted-Resized.jpg (152323 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Rosalind (1888)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (74685 bytes)
as Rosalind in
As You Like It (1910)
as Rosalind in
As You Like It
as Rosalind in
As You Like It (1888)
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as Viola in
Twelfth Night (1890)

as Viola in
Twelfth Night (1889)
as Viola in
Twelfth Night
Julia Marlowe as Mary Tudor in When Knighthood Was in Flower ((1901)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (70506 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Viola (1904)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (90254 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Juliet-illustration-tinted-Resized.jpg (181687 bytes)
as Mary Tudor in When Knighthood was in Flower (1901) as Viola in
Twelfth Night (1904)
as Juliet
Julia Marlowe as Portia-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (82498 bytes) Julia Marlowe & E.H. Sothern in Jeanne D'Arc-illustration-tinted-cropped & resized.jpg (124088 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Beatice with E.H. Sothern-Photo2-B&W-Resized.jpg (73510 bytes)
as Portia with E.H. Sothern in
Jeanne d'Arc
with E.H. Sothern in
Much Ado About Nothing
Julia Marlowe as Juliet with E.H. Sothern 3-photo-tinted-Cropped & Resized.jpg (105791 bytes) Julia Marlowe & EH Sothern in Romeo & Juliet-The Bacony Scene-Photo-B&W_resized.jpg (129393 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Juliet with E.H. Sothern 2-photo-tinted-cropped & Resized.jpg (71443 bytes)
with E.H. Sothern in
Romeo & Juliet
with E.H. Sothern in
Romeo & Juliet
with E.H. Sothern in
Romeo & Juliet
Julia Marlowe as Ophelia-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (84232 bytes) Julia Marlowe as Juliet with E.H. Sothern-photo-tinted-Cropped & Resized.jpg (133176 bytes) Julia Marlowe and E.H. Sothern in John The Baptist (1907)-Photo-B&W-Resized.jpg (188204 bytes)
as Ophelia with E.H. Sothern in
Hamlet
with E.H. Sothern in John The Baptist
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Painting by Irving R. Wiles Portrait unidentified character

Joseph Haworth & Julia Marlowe

During the 1886 New York season, Julia Marlowe was an overnight sensation as Parthenia in Ingomar. The next year, she had great success performing Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and Ingomar in repertory at the Star Theatre, New York. For the Star engagement, Joseph Haworth played Malvolio, Romeo, and the title role in Ingomar opposite Miss Marlowe. Julia Marlowe wrote:

In selecting my company, naturally the most important consideration was the leading man. As I studied the part of Juliet month after month, I had often wondered who my Romeo would be, and considering all the available actors, I had set my mind on Joseph Haworth. I had seen him play in A Moral Crime, a stirring play by Elwyn Barron, a dramatic critic of Chicago. The story somewhat resembled Sardou’s Fedora, and Mr. Haworth’s performance exhibited the very highest qualities of a romantic actor. I had seen him play also in Denise with Clara Morris at Daly’s Theatre, a pronounced success. In appearance he somewhat resembled Edwin Booth. He was dark, with expressive eyes, a fine voice and really great tragic force. Also he played comedy lightly and charmingly. He was generally accounted at that time to be the best actor of leading roles on the American Stage.

Aunt Ada1 made an appointment with Mr. Haworth to meet us at the Bijou Theatre and discuss the engagement. He had heard of my success as Parthenia and was at least curious enough to listen to a proposal. Yet the engagement was only for one week, and he was much in demand at the time.

Said Aunt Ada to Mr. Haworth, "Miss Marlowe is going to produce Romeo and Juliet at the Star theatre on December. The thirteenth."

Mr. Haworth looked at me not unkindly.

" He will do it," I said to myself.

"Who aims at stars shoots higher than he who means a tree," quoted Mr. Haworth. (I discovered later he carried about whole pockets full of aphorisms.)

"Yes," said Aunt Ada, "she is very ambitious."

"I am glad to hear it," approved Mr. Haworth. "I am ambitious myself. But Juliet is a good deal of undertaking."

"He won’t do it," I thought.

"They say no woman can play Juliet until she has ceased to look like it," continued Mr. Haworth with his eyes on me. "Miss Marlowe certainly would look Juliet." And he smiled at me