Florence Eldridge in 1922
September 5, 1901
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 1, 1988
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Howard Rumsey (1921 - ?)
Fredric March (m. 1927–1975) (his death) 2 children
|Parent(s)||Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. McKechnie|
Florence Eldridge (born Florence McKechnie, September 5, 1901, in Brooklyn, New York - August 1, 1988, in Long Beach, California) was an American actress. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in Play in 1957 for her performance in Long Day's Journey into Night.
Eldridge made her Broadway debut at age 17 as a chorus member of Rock-a-Bye Baby at the Astor Theatre. The reference book American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1930-1969 noted, "In the 1920s she won major attention in such plays as The Cat and the Canary and Six Characters in Search of an Author."
In 1965, she and husband Fredric March did a world tour under the auspices of the U.S. State Department. Eldridge wrote that they were "experimenting to see if an acting couple doing excerpts from plays on a bare stage could reach and appeal to a worldwide audience."
On March 19, 1921, Eldridge married Howard Rumsey, who owned the Empire Theater and the Knickerbocker Players (both in Syracuse) and the Manhattan Players of Rochester. They were wed at her aunt's home in Maplewood, New Jersey.
She was married to March from 1927 until his death in 1975, and appeared alongside him on stage and in films.
- The Cat and the Canary
- Six Characters in Search of an Author
- An Enemy of the People
- Long Day's Journey Into Night
- The Skin of Our Teeth
- Six Cylinder Love (1923) - Marilyn Sterling
- The Studio Murder Mystery (1929) - Blanche Hardell
- The Greene Murder Case (1929) - Sibella Greene
- Charming Sinners (1929) - Helen Carr
- The Divorcee (1930) - Helen
- The Matrimonial Bed (1930) - Juliet Corton
- Thirteen Women (1932) - Grace Coombs
- The Great Jasper (1933) - Jenny Horn
- Dangerously Yours (1933) - Jo Horton
- The Story of Temple Drake (1933) - Ruby Lemarr
- A Modern Hero (1934) - Leah Ernst
- Les Misérables (1935) - Fantine
- Mary of Scotland (1936) - Elizabeth Tudor
- Another Part of the Forest (1948) - Lavinia Hubbard
- An Act of Murder (1948) - Catherine Cooke
- Christopher Columbus (1949) - Queen Isabella
- Inherit the Wind (1960) - Sarah Brady
|1953||Star Playhouse||There Shall Be No Night|
- Fisher, James (2011). Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater: 1930-2010. Scarecrow Press. p. 238. ISBN 9780810879508. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- "("Florence Eldridge" search results)". Tony Awards. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- "'Seven Days' Leave' Thrills at Majestic". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. December 31, 1918. p. 8. Retrieved October 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Much Excitement at Girls High". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. June 3, 1915. p. 25. Retrieved October 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Fredric March and Florence Eldridge Play Real Parents". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 1, 1946. p. 33. Retrieved July 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bordman, Gerald (1996). American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1930-1969. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 177. ISBN 9780195090796. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- Eldridge, Florence (June 27, 1965). "March, Eldridge Conduct Great Cultural Experiment". Monroe Morning World. p. 19. Retrieved July 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Florence McKechnie Weds H. Rumsey, Theatrical Man". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. April 2, 1921. p. 2. Retrieved October 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hischak, Thomas S. (2003). Enter the Players: New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century. Scarecrow Press. p. 99. ISBN 9780810847613. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- Kirby, Walter (November 29, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved July 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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