Madge Titheradge

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Madge Titheradge

Madge Titheradge (2 July 1887 – 14 November 1961) was an Australian actress.


Her father was the English-born actor George Sutton Titheradge. The eleven-year-old Madge had already done stage work with Australia's Brough-Boucicault and Bland Holt companies when the family returned to Britain in 1898. She made her London stage debut at fifteen as Second Water Baby in The Water Babies at the Garrick Theatre. She soon became a popular actress and beauty, her photograph adorning many a postcard and cigarette card.

Highlights of her early theatrical career included the part of Princess Katherine in King Henry V with Lewis Waller (1908) and the starring role of Peggy Admaston in A Butterfly upon the Wheel (1911), in which she made her New York debut in 1912. In London in December 1914 she played the name part in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. After extensive touring in Canada, Australia and the United States in stage productions, often with the Lewis Waller Company, she made her screen debut in the 1915 British film Brigadier Gerard, and in 1916 went to Hollywood to star in A Fair Imposter. Her subsequent Hollywood films included Her Story and the early co-production David and Jonathan, a British funded film shot in a Hollywood studio.

Notable roles in a long career on the London stage included Desdemona in Othello (Ambassadors, 1921), Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House (Playhouse, 1923), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (1926), Nadja in The Queen was in the Parlour by Noël Coward (Criterion, 1927) and Julie Cavendish in Theatre Royal by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman (Shaftesbury 1936).

Madge Titheradge's first marriage, to actor Charles Quartermaine, was dissolved in 1918. In 1928 she married American business man Edgar Park and temporarily retired from the stage, returning in 1932. After her husband's death in 1938 she suffered progressively bad health, and spent the last twenty years of her life as an invalid.


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