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Le Gallienne, Eva

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Born: 1899 AD
Died: 1991 AD, at 92 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Actors, Entertainers

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1899 - Eva Le Gallienne, bornon the 11th of January in London, England. She was a well-known actress, producer, and director, during the first half of the 20th century.

1914 - She made her stage debut at the age of 15 in a  production of Maurice Maeterlinck's Monna Vanna.

1918 - While in Hollywood, she began an affair with the great actress Alla Nazimova, which ended reportedly due to Nazimova's jealousy.

1920 - She became involved with writer Mercedes de Acosta. She was also involved for some time with actress Tallulah Bankhead during that time. Her only known heterosexual affair was with actor Basil Rathbone.

1920 - 1921 - After traveling in Europe for a period of time, she returned to New York and became a Broadway star in several plays including Arthur Richman's Not So Long Ago  and Ferenc Molnár's Liliom.

1927 - She was involved with married actress Josephine Hutchinson.

1928 - She gave the performance of her life in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, in which she proved a charming talent.

1929 - Just after the great stock market crash, she was on the cover of TIME.

1930 - Became involved in a relationship with theater director Margaret Webster.

1946 - 1948 - She, Webster, and producer Cheryl Crawford later co-founded the American Repertory Theater.

1950 - She enjoyed great success playing a wonderful Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart, an off-Broadway production.

1960 - Writer Mercedes de Acosta released her controversial book, Here Lies the Heart, documenting and releasing to the public the details of her numerous affairs with many of Hollywood's leading actresses and female personalities.

1964 - She was presented with a special Tony Award in recognition of her 50th year as an actress and in honor of her work with the National Repertory Theatre.

1976 - Won an Emmy Award for a televised version of The Royal Family after having starred in a Broadway theatre revival of that play.

1980 - She earned an Oscar nomination for her work in Resurrection, for which she gained the honor of being the oldest Oscar nominee up to that time.

1984 - She made a rare guest appearance in a episode of St. Elsewhere, appearing with Brenda Vaccaro and Blythe Danner as three women sharing a hospital room.

1986 - She was a naturalized United States citizen. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized her with the National Medal of Arts.

1991 - She died on the 3rd of June at her home in Connecticut of natural causes at the age of 92.



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