Rare (c.1890’s Original) Theatre & Silent Film Star Viola Allen 23’ x 33 inch Poster.
Allen was born in Huntsville, Alabama, the daughter of actor C. Leslie Allen. With her family involved with theatre, she had her first stage appearance at the age of 14 in New York City. She acted in The Masqueraders, Under the Red Robe, The Christian, In the Palace of the King (1900), Twelfth Night, A Winter's Tale, As You Like It, The Lady of Coventry (1911), and others.
Allen was educated in Boston, Toronto and New York. Between the years of 1884 and 1886 she performed in a variety of modern and Shakespearean plays. She performed with the best-known 19th century actors. She is best remembered for her roles in Shenandoah (by Bronson Howard) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (by Frances Eliza Burnett).
She starred in the 1915 silent film The White Sister, along with Richard Travers. The film was produced by the Essanay Studios. She was married to Peter Duryea. Her last professional appearance was in 1918, at a benefit supporting war relief. Viola remained in active support of the charitable and theatrical organizations.
She died in 1948 in and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York.
This poster has acid-free museum grade archival tape reinforcing the obvious tears exhibited in the pictures. Though it is complete with strong colors and no humidity stains or water damage. Ultra rare from one of the greatest Theatre Stars in History.
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