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Dame Marie Tempest
Birth: Jul. 15, 1864
London
Greater London, England
Death: Oct. 15, 1942
London
Greater London, England

Opera Singer, Actress. A soprano who specialized in light operetta, she is remembered as a star of the British stage for more than half a century. Born Marie Susan Etherington, she was educated in England and later in Belgium before returning home to the Royal Academy of Music for study with legendary vocal pedagogue Dr. Manuel Garcia II, older brother of Malibran and Viardot. Marie made her 1885 professional bow at the Comedy Theatre of London as Fiametta in Franz von Suppe's "Boccaccio", spent the next two years refining her craft, and had her first major hit in 1887 when she replaced Marion Hood as the title lead of Alfred Cellier and B.C. Stephenson's "Dorothy". When rumours of sexual escapades surfaced her husband objected but Victorian audiences apparently did not mind as her box office appeal only increased. In 1889 she starred as the title lead of Cellier and Stephenson's "Doris" and the year following took the role of Kitty Carol of Edward Solomon's "The Red Hussar" for both the London world premiere and the first New York production. Marie built a major international career despite being a rather unpleasant person and difficult colleague; she toured the United States and Canada during the early 1890s earning praise in the lead roles of Massenet's "Manon", Michael Balfe's "The Bohemian Girl", Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance", and Ambrose Thomas' "Mignon". Returning to the West End she had a string of successes in the original casts of pieces composed by Sidney Jones including "An Artist's Model" (1895), 1896's "The Geisha", "A Greek Slave" (1898) and the 1899 "San Toy". By 1900 Marie and impresario George Edwardes had had enough of each other and she was gradually to switch from music to straight comedy. In 1900 she portrayed actress Nell Gwynne in Anthony Hope's "English Nell" and over the next years starred in productions on both sides of the Atlantic; returning home in 1911 she received rave reviews in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's "The Critic" and with time branched out into theatre management and began producing her own shows. During the years before and after World War I she toured North America, South Africa, Australia, and the Far East, according to reports mellowing and becoming easier to work with. She appeared in a few movies, helped found Equity, the actor's union, in 1934, was honoured at a 1935 Drury Lane benefit performance attended by King George V and Queen Mary marking her 50th. anniversary on the stage, was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1937, and in 1938 was Dora Randolph in the original cast of Dodie Smith's "Dear Octopus". Never retiring, Dame Marie toured in "The First Mrs. Fraser" during her final year. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Golders Green Crematorium
Golders Green
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: May 22, 2012
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