English actress. Born in Kent, England, Oct 8, 1899; died Dec 9, 1923; dau. of an Italian violin teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and Maria Albanesi (novelist); studied piano, attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and trained under Helen Hayes; won the Bancroft Medal.
Made stage debut as an understudy in Dear Brutus; was then given the lead role of Jill in The Skin Game, followed by a triumphant opening night in Clemence Dane’s A Bill of Divorcement (1921); while in rehearsal for A Magdalen’s Husband, collapsed; died of a severe hemorrhage a few days later, age 25.
See also Women in World History.