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HANBURY, LILY:

English actress; educated in London, where she is still (1903) residing. Her début was made in 1888 at a revival of W. S. Gilbert's "Pygmalion and Galatea" at the Savoy Theater in that city. She has since appeared on most of the leading stages of the English metropolis. Her repertory is a most extensive one, and includes the following rôles: Countess Wintersen in "The Stranger"; Hetty Preene in G. R. Sims's "Lights o' London"; Petra in Ibsen's "Enemy of the People"; Nellie Denver in "The Silver King"; and Julia in "The Rivals." She has also played in "The Prisoner of Zenda," "The Dancing Girl," "The Red Lamp," and "A Bunch of Violets." Her chief successes have, however, been in Shakespearian plays, mainly under the management of Wilson Barrett and Beerbohm Tree, respectively; the characters presented by her having been: Ophelia and the Player Queen in "Hamlet"; Portia in "The Merchant of Venice"; Calpurnia in "Julius Cæsar"; and Chorus in "Henry V." She has also been very successful in the part of Penelope in "Ulysses," Lady Blessington in "Last of the Dandies," and Marita in "Royal Rival."

Bibliography:
  • Who's Who, 1903;
  • The Era, London, March 16, 1901.
J. A. P.
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