Margaret Illington

Margaret Illington
Margaret Illington
Born Maude Light
July 23, 1879
Bloomington, Illinois
Died March 11, 1934
Miami Beach, Florida
Resting place Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County New York[1]
Other names Margaret Illington Bowes
Occupation actress
Years active 1900-1919
Spouse Daniel Frohman
Major Bowes

Margaret Illington ill-ing-ton (July 23, 1879 - March 11, 1934) was a stage actress popular in the first decade of the 20th century. She later made an attempt at silent film acting by making two films with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players-Lasky franchise. After her film and theater career were over she settled down as the wife of Major Edward Bowes, her second husband whom she married in 1910. There were no children with either husband.

She was born Maude Light in either 1879 or 1881 in Bloomington, Illinois to I.H. Light and wife Mary Ellen. The two different years of birth are constantly given from source to source. She was educated at Illinois Wesleyan University and then for two years was a pupil at Conway's Dramatic School in Chicago.[2] A very beautiful young woman,she made her Broadway debut in 1900 and a few years later she married Broadway impresario Daniel Frohman in 1903 making her a sister-in-law of powerful theater owner Charles Frohman. Daniel was nearly thirty years her senior. The marriage didn't last the decade and ended in 1909 but her association with Frohman was a tremendous boost to her career and without him she wouldn't have gotten the plum roles she got or ascended to the top of the Broadway heap as fast.[3][4]

Illington married Edward Bowes in 1910 and desired to have a baby according to newspaper accounts that interviewed her.[5]But it was not to be and she continued in plays. One of her best known plays at this time was Kindling later turned into a 1916 silent film by Cecil B. DeMille, but minus Illington. In 1917 Illington decided to try her hand at moviemaking and signed with Adolph Zukor and Jesse Lasky.[6] She starred in The Inner Shrine and Sacrifice both directed by stage actor Frank Reicher. Zukor famously visited her on the set during the making of The Inner Shrine.[7] When her two films were completed she returned to the stage and remained for about two years before retiring in 1919.[8]

She died in Florida in 1934, her husband a big radio star at the time of her death.


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