Reed A. Albee

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Reed Adalbert Albee (8 September 1885 – 2 August 1961) was an American businessman. He is most noted as the adoptive father of the American playwright Edward Albee and for being a member of a prominent East Coast family who owned several theaters.


Albee was born on 8 September 1885 in Boston, Massachusetts to Edward Franklin Albee II and Laurette Frances Albee (née Smith). He had a younger sister, Ethel, who was born in 1890.

Albee married Louise Holmes Williams, an actress, on 10 June 1914. They were divorced on 26 February 1925.[1][2]

On 7 March 1925, Albee married Frances Cotter in Jersey City, New Jersey. She worked at Jay Thorpe, Inc. at 24 West Fifty-seventh Street in Manhattan. They moved to Larchmont, New York and adopted a son, whom they named Edward Franklin Albee III (1928- ). He died in Larchmont.[3]

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  1. ^ "Married". Time magazine. 23 March 1925. Retrieved 14 April 2011. Reed A. Albee, son of Edward F. Albee, President of B. F. Keith's Theatres Co., to Miss Frances Cotter, buyer for a Manhattan shop. He was divorced by Louise Williams, actress, a month ago. 
  2. ^ "none". New York Times. 12 March 1925. Reed A. Albee, son of E.F. Albee, head of the Keith-Albee vaudeville circuit, yesterday confirmed the report that he had been married to Miss Frances Cotter last Friday in Jersey City. Miss Cotter, he said, was 26 years old, and had recently been associated with Jay Thorpe, Inc., of 24 West Fifty-seventh Street, as a buyer. Mr. Albee was divorced by Louise Williams, an actress, on 26 February 1925 an interlocutory divorce having been granted her by Supreme Court Justice George H. Taylor Jr. of Mount Vernon in November 1924. The action was undefended, and Albee was ordered to pay $75 a week alimony. 
  3. ^ "Reed Albee, Officer of Keith Theatres". New York Times. 3 August 1961. Retrieved 14 April 2011. Reed A. Albee, a former official of the BF Keith Corporation ... Mr. Albee was the son of the late Edward F. Albee, a founder of the ...