Louisa Lane Drew

Last updated
Louisa Lane Drew
Louisa Lane Drew c1840-48.png
Drew as Ophelia circa 1840–48
Born
Louisa Lane

(1820-01-10)January 10, 1820
London, England
DiedAugust 31, 1897(1897-08-31) (aged 77)
Resting place Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Stage actress
Spouse(s)
Henry B. Hunt(m. 1836)

George Mossop
(m. 1848;died 1849)

John Drew
(m. 1850;died 1862)
ChildrenLouisa Drew
John Drew Jr.
Georgiana Drew
Sidney Drew (adopted)

Louisa Lane Drew (January 10, 1820 August 31, 1897) was an English-born American actress and theatre owner and an ancestor of the Barrymore acting family. [1] Professionally she was often known as Mrs. John Drew.

Contents

Life and career

Mrs. John Drew as Mrs. Malaprop in an all-star Broadway revival of The Rivals (1895) Drew-Mrs-Malaprop.jpg
Mrs. John Drew as Mrs. Malaprop in an all-star Broadway revival of The Rivals (1895)

Drew was born Louisa Lane in London, England, the daughter of Eliza Trentner (1796–1887), an actress, and either Thomas Frederick Lane (1796–1825), [2] or his brother William Haycraft Lane, an actor and stage manager. [3]

Louisa and her mother came to America when she was six years old. She proved to be a child prodigy playing five different adult roles within one play at the age of eight in 1828. As a young woman and strolling player, her theatrical travels took her, her mother and half sisters as far away as Jamaica, by sailing ship, where one of her step fathers died. She returned to the United States in 1847 to support Junius Brutus Booth. [2] She appeared in several plays with both him and his son, John Wilkes Booth. [4]

She and her third husband John Drew were the parents of Louisa Drew (1852–1888), John Drew, Jr. and Georgie Drew (Barrymore). She had no known children from her first two marriages. The Drews owned the Arch Street Theatre, where they staged performances, and she managed the business. The Arch Street was a competitor theatre of the still standing Walnut Street Theatre. After her husband's death Mrs Drew adopted a baby boy and named him Sidney. She was the grandmother through Georgie of John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore. Her other grandchildren were Georgie Drew Mendum [5] [6] [7] , Edward Mendum, ? Mendum, Louise Drew, and S. Rankin Drew. She is the great-great-grandmother of Drew Barrymore.

In May 1895 the aged Mrs Drew appeared in an all-star revival of Sheridan's The Rivals . [8] [9] In 1897 an ailing Louisa Drew spent her last summer at her annual Larchmont, New York retreat with her grandsons Lionel and John Barrymore.

Death

She died in Philadelphia on August 31, 1897 at the age of 77 and was interred at Mount Vernon Cemetery. [10] The historic Arch Street Theatre was demolished in 1936. [11] [12]

Related Research Articles

Drew Barrymore American actress, director and producer

Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, producer, director, author, model, and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Barrymore family of actors, and the granddaughter of John Barrymore. She achieved fame as a child actress with her role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA nomination.

Lionel Barrymore American actor, director, screenwriter

Lionel Barrymore was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains best known to modern audiences for the role of villainous Mr. Potter in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.

John Barrymore American actor of stage, screen and radio

John Barrymore was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as an artist, but appeared on stage together with his father Maurice in 1900, and then his sister Ethel the following year. He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian".

The Barrymore family is an American acting family.

Ethel Barrymore American actress

Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Barrymore was a stage, screen and radio actress whose career spanned six decades, and was regarded as "The First Lady of the American Theatre".

Billie Burke American stage and film actress

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke, generally known as Billie Burke, was an American actress who was famous on Broadway, on radio, early silent film, and subsequently in sound film. She is best known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie musical The Wizard of Oz (1939).

John Drew (actor) 19th-century Irish-American actor and theatre manager

John Drew was an Irish-American stage actor and theatre manager.

John Drew Jr. 19th/20th-century American actor

John Drew Jr. was an American stage actor noted for his roles in Shakespearean comedy, society drama, and light comedies. He was the eldest son of John Drew, who had given up a blossoming career in whaling for acting, and Louisa Lane Drew, and the brother of Louisa Drew, Georgiana Drew and Sidney Drew. As such, he was also the uncle of John, Ethel, and Lionel Barrymore and also great-great uncle to Drew Barrymore. He was considered to be the leading matinee idol of his day, but unlike most matinee idols Drew's acting ability was largely undisputed.

Maurice Barrymore British actor

Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe, known professionally by his stage name Maurice Barrymore, was an Indian-born British stage actor. He was the patriarch of the Barrymore acting family, father of John, Lionel and Ethel, and great-grandfather of actress Drew.

<i>Blitz!</i> musical

Blitz! is a musical by Lionel Bart. The musical, described by Steven Suskin as "massive", was set in the East End of London during the Blitz. The story drew on Bart's childhood memories of London's Jewish East End during the Blitz and, like most musicals, centred on a romance between a young couple, in this case a Jewish woman and a Cockney man, although the largest role and main point-of-view character is that of Mrs Blitztein, the young woman's mother. Steven Suskin describes it as "Abie's Irish Rose set against the burning of Atlanta." Bart himself described the play as "…three human stories inside an epic canvas; the major human conflict – the major plot – personifies the spirit of London and how that spirit developed during the period of the piece."

Georgiana Drew American actress

Georgiana Emma Drew, a.k.a.Georgie Drew Barrymore, was an American stage actress and comedian and a member of the Barrymore acting family.

Elizabeth Crocker Bowers American actress

Elizabeth Crocker Bowers was an American stage actress and theatrical manager. She was also known professionally as Mrs. D. P. Bowers.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew American comedy team on stage and screen

Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew were an American comedy team on stage and screen. The team initially consisted of Sidney Drew and his first wife Gladys Rankin. After Gladys died in 1914, Sidney Drew married Lucile McVey (1890–1925), and the two performed as Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew.

Doris Rankin American actress

Doris Marie Rankin was an American stage and film actress.

Phyllis Rankin American actress

Phyllis McKee Rankin was a Broadway actress and singer from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Georgia Cayvan actor, Comedian

Georgie Eva Cayvan was a popular stage actress in the United States in the later part of the nineteenth century.

Ruth Findlay American actress

Ruth Findlay was an American stage actress active over the early decades of the 20th century.

Ethel Barrymore on stage, screen and radio

Ethel Barrymore was an American actress of stage, screen and radio. She came from a family of actors; she was the middle child of Maurice Barrymore and Georgie Drew Barrymore, and had two brothers, Lionel and John. Reluctant to pursue her parents' career, the loss of financial support following the death of Louisa Lane Drew, caused Barrymore to give up her dream of becoming a concert pianist and instead earn a living on the stage. Barrymore's first Broadway role, alongside her uncle John Drew, Jr., was in The Imprudent Young Couple (1895). She soon found success, particularly after an invitation from William Gillette to appear on stage in his 1897 London production of Secret Service. Barrymore was soon popular with English society, and she had a number of romantic suitors, including Laurence Irving, the dramatist. His father, Henry Irving, cast her in The Bells (1897) and Peter the Great (1898).

The Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was during the 19th century one of the three main Philadelphia theaters for plays; the other two were the Walnut Street Theatre and the Chestnut Street Theatre. The Arch Street Theatre opened on 1 October 1828 under the management of William B. Wood. The building's architect was John Haviland.

Mount Vernon Cemetery (Philadelphia) Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mount Vernon Cemetery is a historic cemetery located at 3499 West Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

References

  1. Mrs. John Drew: North American Theatre Online [ dead link ]
  2. 1 2 Billboard June 6, 1942
  3. "Drew, Louisa Lane (1820–1897) | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com.
  4. "BarrymoreFamily.com". www.barrymorefamily.com.
  5. The Unrecognized Drew by Talia Myers Retrieved September 9, 2014
  6. Georgie Drew Mendum; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  7. Limited, Alamy. "Stock Photo - Stage actress Georgie Drew Mendum, ca. 1910s". Alamy.
  8. Hopper, DeWolf (1927). Once a Clown, Always a Clown: Reminiscences of DeWolf Hopper. Boston: Little Brown and Company. pp. 119–124.
  9. Brown, Thomas Allston (1903). A History of the New York Stage from the First Performance in 1732 to 1901. 3. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. pp. 69–70.
  10. "Louisa Lane Drew". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  11. America's Longest Run: A History of the Walnut Street Theatre by Andrew Davis c.2010 ..Retrieved July 2, 2015
  12. America's Longest Rum:... c.2010 author Andrew Davis ISBN   9780271035789 ..Retrieved July 2, 2015