May Juanita <I>Etheridge</I> FitzGerald

May Juanita Etheridge FitzGerald

Death 11 Feb 1935 (aged 42–43)
Burial West Norwood, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England
Plot square 116, grave 31,117
Memorial ID 15682864 · View Source
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Actress. May Juanita FitzGerald, Duchess of Leinster and first wife of the 7th Duke of Leinster, was the daughter of a commercial traveler. She graduated in Brixton from the Gaiety chorus, to a leading role in a West End show. There she captivated the young Lord Edward FitzGerald, who defied his family and married her in 1913. Their only son, Gerald FitzGerald, was born in 1914. Beset by financial problems, their romance soon wore thin, and in 1922 the couple separated and eventually divorced in 1930. From then on the young Duchess was not allowed to see her son and grew increasingly depressed. She had small roles in two Robert Courtneidge productions at the Shatesbury Theatre - as a geisha, Go-Kiku, in The Mousmé and a shared role as a palace servant-maid, Ursula, in Princess Caprice. She also appeared as an extra in Bluebird at the Queens Theatre. It's rumoured that after marriage and motherhood she reappeared, uncredited, in the chorus at Daly's Theatre for Betty.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 15682864
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for May Juanita Etheridge FitzGerald (1892–11 Feb 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15682864, citing West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium, West Norwood, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England ; Maintained by KRW (contributor 46517473) .