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Julia Arthur


B: May 3, 1868 in Hamilton, Ontario
D: March 28, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts

Julia Arthur started out in life as Ida Lewis, a bouncing baby girl born in Hamilton, Ontario to Irish and Welsh parents. She liked dressing up and playing “pretend,” and, thanks to her background, developed a love of language at a very early age. By time she was 11, she was being given roles at an amateur dramatic club usually reserved for older, more experienced players. For example, Julia played Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Gamora in The Honeymoon. Her career path was set and, taking her mother’s maiden name she went professional as Julia Arthur just three years later.

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Barbara Frietchie (1908)
Ruy Blas (1909)
The Life of Napoleon (1909)
Napoleon, The Man of Destiny (1909)
King Lear (1909)
The Life of Moses (1909)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1910)
The Cavell Case (1918)
The Common Cause (1919)
His Woman (1919)