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Löhr, Marie (1890–1975)

Löhr, Marie (1890–1975)

Australian-born actress. Name variations: Marie Lohr. Born on July 28, 1890, in Sydney, New South Wales; died in 1975; daughter of Lewis J. Löhr (at one time treasurer of the Melbourne Opera House) and Kate (Bishop) Löhr; married Anthony Leyland Val Prinsep (divorced).

Selected theater:

made first stage appearance in The World Against Her (Sydney, NSW, 1894); made London debut in Shock-Headed Peter and The Man Who Stole the Castle (Garrick Theater, 1901); toured with the Kendals (1902), as Barbara Trecarre in St. Martin's Summer; appeared as The Princess in White Magic (St. James's Theater, 1905), Miss Petherton in The Duffer (Comedy Theater, 1905), Ernestine in The Little Michus (Daly's Theater, 1906); toured with the Kendals (1906), as Clara in A Tight Corner; appeared as Rosey Mackenzie in Colonel Newcome (His Majesty's Theater, 1906), Lillian Nugent in The Adventurer (Shakespeare Theater, 1906); with the Kendals (1907), as Joy Marable in The Other Side; appeared as Irene Forster in Her Father (Haymarket Theater, 1908), Mrs. Reginald Bridgenorth in Getting Married (Haymarket Theater, 1908), title role in Smith (Comedy Theater, 1909), Josepha Quarendon in Preserving Mr. Panmure (Playhouse Theater, 1911), Lily Paradell in The "Mind-the-Paint" Girl (Duke of York's Theater, February 1912), Lady Thomasin Belturbet in a revival of The Amazons (June 1912), Adèle Vernet in The Grand Seigneur (Savoy Theater, October 1913), Yo-San in The Darling of the Gods (His Majesty's Theater, January 1914), Lady Babbie in The Little Minister (Duke of York's Theater, September 1914), H.M. Queen Charlotte in Kings and Queens (St. James's Theater, January 1915), title role in Marie-Odile (His Majesty's Theater, June 1915), Lady Ware in The Ware Case (Wyndham's Theater, September 1915); appeared in Sir J.M. Barrie's skit The Real Thing at Last (Coliseum Theater, March 1916); appeared as Constance Luscombe in Home on Leave and title role in Remnant (Royalty Theater, October and March 1916), Joan Rochford in The Mirror (Haymarket Theater, June 1917), Francis in L'Aiglon (which she also produced in aid of a war charity, November 1918), Lena in Victory (March 1919), Lady Caryll in The Voice from the Minaret (August 1919), Constance in Birds of a Feather (April 1920), Dahlia Lavory in Every Woman's Privilege (September 1920), Lady Aline Draper in The Hour and the Man (February 1921); toured Canada in repertory (late 1921); made New York debut as Lady Caryll in A Voice from the Minaret (Hudson Theater, New York, January 1922); appeared as Colette Vandières in The Return (London's Globe Theater, September 1922), Lady Marjorie Colladine in The Laughing Lady (November 1922), the Hon. Margot Tatham in Aren't We All? (April 1923), Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan (Gaiety Theater, December 1927); toured as Lady Lancaster in The Temptation of Eve (January 1928); appeared as May Smythe in These Pretty Things (Garrick Theater, December 1928), Lady Patricia in Beau Geste (His Majesty's Theater, January 1929), The Duchess of Devonshire in Berkeley Square (Lyric Theater, March 1929), Mary Howard in The Silent Witness (Comedy Theater, April 1930), Margery Battle in The Breadwinner (Vaudeville Theater, September1930), Margaret Armstrong in The Love Game (Prince of Wales's Theater, July 1931), Margaret Westcott in Important People (Vaudeville Theater, London, February 1932), Empress Marie Thérèse of Austria in Casanova (Coliseum, May 1932), Lady L'Estrange in So Good! So Kind! (Playhouse Theater, October 1933), Mrs. Sydney Rankin in Chase the Ace (Daly's Theater, May 1935), Muriel Weston in Call It a Day (Globe Theater, October 1935); appeared in the revue And On We Go (Savoy Theater, April 1937); appeared as Duchess of Cheviot in Crest of the Wave (Drury Lane Theater, September 1937), Mary Jarrow in Quiet Wedding (Wyndham's Theater, October 1938), Pansy Bird in Somewhere in England (Lyric Theater, December 1939), Vera Sheldon in Other People's Houses (Ambassadors' Theater, October 1941), Mrs. Brown in National Velvet (Embassy Theater, April 1946), Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility (Embassy Theater, August 1946), Marquise de St. Maur in Caste (Duke of York's, January 1947), Gertrude Pardine in My Wives and I (Strand Theater, July 1947), Dame Maud Gosport in A Harlequinade (Phoenix Theater, September 1948), Consuelo Howard in Treasure Hunt (Apollo Theater, September 1949), Hester Bellboys in A Penny For a Song (Haymarket Theater, March 1951); toured as Philippa Bennington in Adam's Apple (April 1952); appeared as Mrs. Jevens in Sweet Peril (St. James's Theater, December 1952), the Countess of Lister in The Manor of Northstead (Duchess Theater, April 1954), Matilda "Hope" in The Devil Was Sick (Fortune Theater, November 1956), Lady Charlton in Silver Wedding (Cambridge, July 1957), Lady Bracknell in Half in Ernest (Belgrade, Coventry, March 1958), Winifred Wing in These People, Those Books (Grand, Leeds, September 1958), Lady Mortlake in The World of Paul Slickey (Palace Theater, May 1959), May Davenport in Waiting in the Wings (Duke of York's Theater, September 1960), Aunt Fluffy in The West Lodge (Ashcroft, Croydon, March 1963), Lady Julia Marcia in The Ides of March (Haymarket Theater, August, 1963), Mrs. Whitefield in Man and Superman (New Arts Theater, November 1965, transferred to the Garrick, February 1966).

Selected films:

Aren't We All? (1932); Pygmalion (1938); Major Barbara (1940); The Winslow Boy (1948); A Town Like Alice (1956).

Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1890, actress Marie Löhr made her stage debut there at the age of four in the play The World Against Her. She first appeared in London in 1901, in Shock-Headed Peter and The Man Who Stole the Castle, at the Garrick Theater. During her early career, Löhr occasionally toured with the Kendals (Madge Kendal and her husband W.H. Kendal), and was engaged by actor-manager Beerbohm Tree in 1908 to play Margaret in Faust. For several years beginning in January 1918, she was employed by the management of the Globe Theater. For the most part, the actress confined herself to London and the provinces, making only two appearances in the United States: one at the Hudson Theater in January 1922, playing Lady Caryll in A Voice from the Minaret, and another at the Booth Theater in September 1931, playing Margery in The Breadwinner. She also toured briefly in Canada in conjunction with her first trip to the United States. In addition to her work on the stage, Löhr made countless films, including Aren't We All? (1932), Pygmalion (1938), Major Barbara (1940), and The Winslow Boy (1948). The actress made her home in London and was married and divorced from Anthony Prinsep. She died in 1975.

Barbara Morgan , Melrose, Massachusetts

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