Celebrity for the week ending
Saturday, 25 September 2004

Helen Hale (fl. early 20th Century)
American actress

Helen Hale

Helen Hale

(photo: unknown, probably New York, circa 1907)

'HALE, Miss Helen (Helen Perley Cogswell):
'Actress, was born in Elyria, Ohio, being the daughter of Susan Blanchard and George Cogswell. She was educated at the Cleveland (Ohio) public schools and at Wellesley. Leaving college at the end of her junior year she made her fist appearance on the stage in August, 1902, at the Tremont Theatre, Boston, in the chorus of Henry W. Savage's production of The Prince of Pilsen, understudying the French maid. With only five months of acting to her credit, she created the rôle of Lily Ann Lynch in George Ade's comedy, Peggy from Paris, at Wallack's Theatre, New York, playing it a season and a half. Following this engagement she originated the part of Jenny Wrenn in Pixley and Luder's Woodland at the New York Theatre. Then she was seen in John Kendrick Bangs's The Man from Now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York. The season of 1907-8 Miss Hale played Blanche Bailey in the musical version of Richard H. Davis's The Galloper, entitled The Yankee Tourist, which opened at the Astor Theatre, New York, August 12, 1907. She had, during her brief career as an actress, appeared only under the management of Henry W. Savage. Miss Hale's favorite recreations are reading and horseback riding. Her home is in Cleveland, Ohio.'
(Walter Browne and E. De Roy Koch, Who's Who on the Stage, B.W. Dodge & Co, New York, 1908, pp.215 and 216)

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