crossman_0004Henrietta Crosman was a renowned American stage and film actress and she is captured beautifully in this cabinet card photographed by Napoleon Sarony. To learn more about Sarony, a famous celebrity photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Sarony”. Sarony’s subject, Miss Crosman was born In West Virginia. Her father was a civil war Major and her mother was the niece of composer Stephen Foster. She was educated in several locations as her father was stationed in a number of posts while pursuing his military career. She began acting in New York City when she joined a local theater company in 1883. Her next experience with a theater company included a national tour. In 1889 she performed Shakespeare for the first time. She performed at the Daly Theater. In the 1890’s she joined Daniel Frohman’s stock company. She excelled in adventure romances and popular drawing farces. By 1900, she had reached stardom. Her appearances included roles in such plays as “As You Like It” (1902), “Sweet Kitty Bellairs” (1903), and “The Real Thing” (1911). Crosman avoided motion pictures until 1914. She then signed a deal with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players. Her husband, Maurice Campbell became a noted director. Crosman appeared in both silent films and “talkies”. She was in a total of 22 films between 1914 and 1937 including “Charlie Chan’s Secret” (1936),


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  1. Very nice!

  2. I like the look of this dame!

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  3. This lovely cabinet card shows Henrietta Crosman in costume as she appeared in the 1903 hit play “Sweet Kitty Bellairs.” Source for this information is: A Pictorial History of the American Theatre, 1860–1980 (Fifth Edition, Crown Publishing) by Daniel Blum. A photo on page 78 shows her in a different pose, but the identical costume shown above. Regarding Miss Crosman, Blum notes, “One of the hits of 1902 was “As You Like It” with Henrietta Crosman as ‘Rosalind’ and Henry Woodruff as ‘Orlando’. It ran in New York for sixty consecutive performances, a record held until 1950 when Katharine Hepburn broke it by playing the Shakespearean comedy 145 times.” Blum adds that the following year, ” . . .fresh from her triumph as ‘Rosalind’ [Crosman] scored heavily again in “Sweet Kitty Bellairs.” “

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