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Eleonora Duse

  • Birth 3 Oct 1858 Vigevano, Provincia di Pavia, Lombardia, Italy
  • Death 21 Apr 1924 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Asolo, Provincia di Treviso, Veneto, Italy
  • Memorial ID 6892620

Actress. Along with Polish-American diva Helena Modjeska and Duse's life-long rival Sarah Bernhardt, she was considered one of the world finest actresses. Born into a show business family, she began acting at the age of four-years-old. Born in Vigevano, in northern Italy to a show business family, she began acting at age 4. After seeing a performance in 1879 by Bernhardt, she experienced an artistic revelation. Whereas Bernhardt was often noted as "playing Bernhardt", Duse began to explore the psychological aspects of her characters, modifying her mannerisms and nuances to each role. Her subdued style made her a forerunner of "method" acting. Duse is famous for the quote describing her technique: "I did not use paint. I made myself up morally." She also sought out plays by up-and-coming playwrights such as Ibsen (Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House), Sardou (Fédora), D'Annunzio (Francesca da Rimini) and Zola (Thérèse Raquin). Her only film role was in Cenere (1916). Like many actresses of today, she bemoaned the lack of roles for mature women in her later life. Eleonora Duse died in Pittsburgh while on tour in the United States and is buried at Asolo Cemetery, Treviso, Venetia, Italy.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6892620
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eleonora Duse (3 Oct 1858–21 Apr 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6892620, citing Asolo Cemetery, Asolo, Provincia di Treviso, Veneto, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .