ARTHUR, JULIA, an American actress, born in Hamilton, Ont., in 1869. She made her first professional appearance in “Richard III.” and for three seasons played Shakespearean roles. Her first New York success was at the Union Square Theater in “The Black Masque.” She later took the leading part in several successful plays and was received with equal favor in America and England. She played in Henry Irving's company with Ellen Terry. In 1898 she married Benjamin C. Cheney, Jr., and retired temporarily from the stage, to which, however, she has returned from time to time with considerable success.