Marie Burroughs in The Illustrated American (1891), in the role of Mary Blenkarn in The Middleman
|Died||March 4, 1926
Santa Barbara, California
Marie Burroughs (1866 – March 4, 1926) (born Lillie Arrington) was an American stage actress in the last part of the 19th century. She played prominent roles in many plays, though was never a first tier star.
Burroughs was born in San Jose, California about 1866, and raised in San Francisco. By age 17, her promise as an actor was noted by actor Lawrence Barrett, and earned her an invitation to appear in The Rajah at the Madison Square Theatre in New York. She made her Broadway debut in 1884 and assumed her stage name. She was an immediate success, but her acting skills were still raw and it was said that her good looks carried her at first. Actor Louis Massen became her acting coach, and soon after her first husband.
Writer Willa Cather described Burroughs in 1895 as "not a very great actress, but she is great enough to be allowed to do her best unhindered." Similarly, the Illustrated American said "that she will ever rank among the greatest actresses of the world, not even her most devoted admirers can expect, but she is so painstaking and so devoted to her profession that with each succeeding season she shows some improvement in her art."
In 1894, Burroughs' popularity was such that she was the vehicle for a volume of actor photographs called The Marie Burroughs Art Portfolio of Stage Celebrities, published by A.N. Marquis & Company.
As a celebrity of her day, Burroughs' personal life drew public attention. Her first husband, Louis F. Massen, was also her acting instructor who she met in The Rajah; they divorced in 1895. In 1899, her engagement to Dr. Albert E. Sterne was announced, but their planned December 1899 was postponed due to illness on her part, and the engagement later ended. In 1901 she married Robert Barclay Macpherson, who died in 1907. In 1908, she married Francis M. Livingston.
- The Rajah as Gladys (1884)
- Alpine Roses as Irma (1884)
- Hazel Kirke
- After the Ball
- Mrs. Winthrop
- Called Back
- Elaine (1887) as Queen Guinevere
- Saints and Sinners
- The Middleman as Mary Blenkarn
- Judah as Vashti Dethic (supporting Edward Smith Willard)
- Wealth as Edith Ruddock
- John Needham's Double (1891) as Kate Norbury
- The Professor's Love Story as Lucy
- The Profligate
- The Battle of the Strong (1900) as Guida Landresse
- (14 April 1901). Miss Marie Burroughs to Wed a New Yorkers, San Francisco Call
- Our Gallery of Players: Marie Burroughts, The Illustrated American, p. 42 (November 21, 1891)
- Marie Burroughs, Lippincott's Monthly Magazine pp. 363-64 (March 1893)
- The New International Encyclopaedia, Vol 3, p. 711 (1906)
- Browne, Walter & E. De Roy Koch (eds.) Who's who on the Stage 1908, p. 63 (B.W. Dodge & Company 1908)
- Curtin, William M. (ed.) The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews (1893-1902), pp. 193-94 (1970)
- Gallery of Players from The Illustrated American, No. 6, p. 16 (1895)
- (6 May 1894). Genius, Art, Beauty. Wonderful Collection of Portraits of Celebrated Actors and Actresses, The Anaconda Standard
- (8 April 1894). A Great and Artistic Offer (advertisement), The Salt Lake Herald
- (20 March 1895). Marie is Suing for a Divorce, San Francisco Call, p. 7, col. 4.
- (21 March 1895). Marie Burroughs's Divorce Suit: She Would Never Have Begun It Had She Realized The Scandal, The New York Times
- (30 August 1895). Divorce for Marie Burroughs, The New York Times
- (19 March 1908). Marie Burroughs to Wed. The Actress is to Marry Francis M. Livingston on April 8, The New York Times
- The Marie Burroughs Art Portfolio of Stage Celebrities (1894)
- Leonard, John William (ed.) Woman's Who Who of America (1914-1915), p. 149 (1914)
- The Stage Year Book, p. 233 (1927)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marie Burroughs.|
- Marie Burroughs at the Internet Broadway Database
- The Marie Burroughs Art Portfolio of Stage Celebrities (A.N. Marquis & Company 1894), featuring a number of portraits of Burroughs and other popular actors of the time, at archive.org
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