Walter Hampden: Dean of the American Theatre by Geddeth SmithWalter Hampden: Dean of the American Theatre by Geddeth Smith

Walter Hampden: Dean of the American Theatre

byGeddeth Smith

Hardcover | November 1, 2008

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This is the first full-length biography of the distinguished actor-manager Walter Hampden (1879-1955). Most of the sources are from hitherto unpublished documents in the Walter Hampden Collection of the Hampden-Booth Library at the Players Club and from the author's extensive interviews with Walter Hampden's son Paul. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Hampden began his career in England as an apprentice with the Frank Benson Company. He appeared prominently in the West End in London, returned home to America, and with his brilliant successes as 'Hamlet' and 'Cyrano on Broadway' emerged as a major artist. He established his own theater in New York, and his career on stage lasted for more than half a century. Late in life he also became a prominent actor on radio, television, and films. This biography includes illustrations from all periods of his life and a chronology of his roles in all media.
Geddeth Smith is an author and actor who has appeared in a wide variety of roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on the road, and on national television.
Title:Walter Hampden: Dean of the American TheatreFormat:HardcoverDimensions:430 pages, 9.7 × 6.58 × 1.04 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1611473810

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Geddeth Smith's engaging biography of Hampden, the first and long overdue, goes some distance in restoring the actor's legacy . . . He succeeds simultaneously in illuminating Hampden's achievements while creating a vivid portrait of the evolving American stage of an extraordinary era . . . Without question, Hampden's memory is well-served by this meticulously researched and highly readable biography, a necessary volume for any theatre collection or scholar of the American stage.