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 Mabel <I>Beardsley</I> Wright

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Mabel Beardsley Wright

  • Birth 24 Aug 1871 Brighton, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
  • Death 8 May 1916 Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
  • Burial East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 70792234

Actress, Journalist. Born to Vincent Paul and Ellen Agnus Beardsley in Brighton, Mabel was a very gifted child. She was the elder sister of artist Aubrey Beardsley, with whom she would often put on plays and musical theater. Having learned to read at an early age, she developed an interest in literature. When the family moved to London in 1889, Mabel began teaching at a high school for girls. However, after much encouragement from her brother, she embraced her love of the stage and became an actress in 1892. Starting with small roles, Mabel eventually starred in many plays in London and New York, most notably "Oh! Susanna" and "The Marriage of Kitty". She also contributed articles on life and style to "The Idler" and "The Saturday Review" magazines. In 1902, she married fellow actor George Bealby Wright and continued onstage until health problems forced her to retire in 1905. From that time on, she suffered from a long struggle with uterine cancer. After living in nursing homes for nearly a decade, and tended to by her mother, Mabel Bealby Wright died in 1916 at age 44. Several years later, she was immortalized in one of her friend W.B. Yeats's most famous poems, "Upon a Dying Lady".

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In loving memory of
wife of George Bealby Wright
and sister of Aubrey Beardsley
who died May 2nd. 1916, aged 44 years.
"Eternal rest give unto her, O Lord."





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  • Added: 3 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70792234
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mabel Beardsley Wright (24 Aug 1871–8 May 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70792234, citing St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Pinecone (contributor 47181082) .