|Born||November 21, 1835
|Died||December 20, 1911
Amityville, New York
|Spouse(s)||David Barnes (1855-1862?) divorced
George H. Butler (1869-1872) divorced
Cyril Searle (1880-1884) separated
She began on the amateur stage at 17 and soon was invited to join a professional touring company.
Her professional debut was on stage at the Olympic Theatre. She performed with Edwin Booth in "The Fool's Revenge". With Booth and others, she toured Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.. President Abraham Lincoln attended her performances and she was invited to the White House.
In 1869, she married Col. George H. Butler, U. S. Consul General to Egypt. They lived abroad for two years and Eytinge took a break from performing. They had two children: a daughter, Florence (b. 1875) married Dr. Walsh, and a son, Benjamin Franklin Butler (1871-1904), a newspaper artist, who was the roommate of young John Barrymore and married to actress Alice Johnson. Due to Butler's abusive behavior and infidelities, Eytinge sued for divorce in 1882.[Note 1]
Eytinge returned to New York to resume her career with the Union Square Theatre Company. It was at this time that she played one of her most famous roles, Shakespeare's "Cleopatra" for which she drew on her Egyptian experiences.
In 1880, she married the actor Cyril Searle, but they were separated four years later. She gave her last performance in 1907.
- The 1882 divorce from Butler was a "degree of absolute divorce" in the Supreme Court, Special Term. She and Butler must have divorced earlier because she remarried to Cyril Searle in 1880. Also Butler remarried secretly in 1880 to Josephine Chesney confirming the status of an earlier divorce date.
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