First one out of the box is this regal lady:
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Hale was born in Springfield, Massachusetts (some sources say Chicago, Illinois) in 1872, and studied acting at both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City as well as Emerson College in Boston. Although she had her first stage appearance in 1894, it wasn't until Candida on Broadway in 1903 that people took notice -- and not until the London production of Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch in 1907 that she became a theatrical household name. (Aside: what is it with Wiggs? Seems like every 20s/30s actor got their start in a production of that. Must investigate.)
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addition to her books, Cliff Aliperti at Immortal Ephemera states she wrote over 150 short stories. Her signature even graces a former Greenwich Village bookshop door, now treasured as a veritable time capsule of 1920s bohemian literati.
Louise Closser Hale was well into her character-acting incarnation when she had a stroke, possibly brought on by heat exhaustion. She was rushed to the hospital, where she suffered another stroke -- this one fatal -- the next day. She was 60.