The New Student's Reference Work/Terry, Ellen


Terry, Ellen (Alice) [Mrs. E. A. Wardell], an English actress, was born at Coventry, Feb. 27, 1848, and made her first appearance on the stage with Charles Kean's Shakespearian revivals, in 1858, in The Winter's Tale and as Prince Arthur in King John. She subsequently joined a Bristol company, of which Mrs. Kendal was a member, and appeared in London in 1863 as Gertrude in The Little Treasure, as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and as Mary Meredith in Our American Cousin. After her marriage she retired from the stage for a while, but in 1867 reappeared, and later joined Mr. and Mrs. Bancroft's company, acting the part of Portia and touring with Sir Henry Irving as leading lady of his troupe. Her impersonations include Viola in Twelfth Night, Ruth Meadows in Eugene Aram, Henrietta Maria in Charles I, Marguerite in W. G. Will's play of Faust, Rosamond in Becket, Lucy Ashton in Ravenswood, Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's tragedy of Macbeth and others yet. In her repeated American tours she has won deserved praise, and is a welcome favorite of the modern stage.