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Eva Le Gallienne

Eva Le Gallienne

In 1926, Le Gallienne founded a national repertory theater, the Civic Repertory Theater in New York, similar to England's Old Vic, which presented the classics at popular prices ($1.50 top ticket price). She not only starred in the majority of productions, until the company folded in 1933 as a consequence of the Depression, but she also staged, translated and produced most of the plays.Le Gallienne then lectured at colleges and toured the country, returning to Broadway in "Uncle Harry" and "The Cherry Orchard." In 1946, she organized the short-lived American Repertory Theater with Margaret Webster and Cheryl Crawford. Later stage triumphs included "Mary Stuart" in which she toured from 1957 to 1962 and "The Royal Family" (1976). Le Gallienne reprised her role (the matriarch of a theatrical family modeled on the Barrymores) in an acclaimed television production which earned her an Emmy. She also produced and starred in an acclaimed TV version of "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (1958). Le Gallienne appeared in a handful of films, perhaps most memorably as Ellen Burstyn's grandmother in "Resurrection" (1980), for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress.
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