Walhalla, Victoria, Australia
|Resting place||North Pole|
|Other names||Lady Hubert Wilkins|
Suzanne Bennett (1893 – 1974) was an Australian-born actress who achieved success on Broadway in the United States in the 1920s. She was born Susannah Catherine Evans in the goldfields town of Walhalla, Victoria to John Evans (a miner) and Alice Louisa Whitlow. She had three siblings (a sister, Mabel, and two brothers John and Arthur).
She took the name Bennett from her 1915 marriage to 20-year-old soldier, Private Oscar Bennett (AIF service number 381). At the time of their marriage she was living in St. Kilda. Oscar Bennett survived the war, returning to Australia in 1919. At this time, Suzanne Bennett had worked on stage in Australia, first in the chorus of the Rigo Grand Opera Company, and later with Hugh D. McIntosh's productions. However, her marriage to Oscar was an unhappy one and a divorce was finally granted in early 1922. By 1923, Suzanne was in New York looking for work. Within a year, she was performing in Broadway productions.
Bennett met the celebrated explorer Sir George Hubert Wilkins on June 20, 1928, in New York City during a reception honoring Wilkins after his famed flight over the Arctic Sea. The couple were sufficiently famous to warrant a marriage announcement in the September 9, 1929 issue of Time Magazine. There it was reported that the famous Australian couple had wed in Cleveland, Ohio. That notice also credits Ms. Bennett with having appeared on stage in "Vanities" and "The Cyclone Lover".
After her August 30, 1929 marriage she was known as Lady Hubert Wilkins. She died in New York in December 1974, and her ashes were scattered at the North Pole from USS Bluefish on 4 May 1975, as were her husband's from USS Skate in 1959.
The couple had no children during their twenty nine years of marriage.
Guns [Original, Play]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett [Cora Chase] -Dates: Aug 6, 1928 - Sep 1928
The Cyclone Lover [Original, Play, Comedy]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett [Katherine] -Dates: Jun 5, 1928 - Jul 1928
What Do We Know? [Original, Play]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett [Ernestine Fox] -Dates: Dec 23, 1927 - Jan 1928
Merry-Go-Round [Original, Musical, Comedy, Revue]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett -Dates: May 31, 1927 - Sep 24, 1927
Nic Nax of 1926 [Original, Musical, Revue]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett -Dates: Aug 2, 1926 - Aug 13, 1926
Port O' London [Original, Play]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett [May] Feb 9, 1926 - Mar 1926
Earl Carroll's Vanities  [Original, Musical, Revue]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett [Ensemble] -Dates: Jul 6, 1925 - Dec 27, 1925
The Rat [Original, Play]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett [Mimi] -Dates: Feb 10, 1925 - May 1925
Innocent Eyes [Original, Musical, Revue]
Performer: Suzanne Bennett -Dates: May 20, 1924 - Aug 30, 1924
- Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), Thu 19 Oct 1922 Page 28 "HENLEY REGATTA" Accessed 9 January 2017
- Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930) Sun 7 May 1922 Page 18 "THEATRICAL OFFERINGS OF THE MOMENT" Accessed 9 January 2017
- The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Tue 21 Feb 1922, Page 3, "TYPISTE AND SOLDIER" Accessed 9 January 2017
- Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) Fri 17 Nov 1922 Page 8 "AN IDLE WOMAN'S DIARY" Accessed 9 January 2017.
- The Traralgon Record (Traralgon, Vic. : 1886 - 1932) 9 December 1924 "THE MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS" accessdate=30 August 2015
- The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Wed 19 Mar 1975, Page '96b' "MARRIAGE RETAINED ITS ROMANCE" Accessed 9 January 2017
- Suzanne Bennett at the Internet Broadway Database
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