Elizabeth Tyree

Elizabeth Tyree

Elizabeth Tyree (1865 "-" August 8, 1952) was an actress in Broadway theatrical productions beginning in the mid 1890s. Her married name wasElizabeth Tyree Metcalfe.

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She was born in Virginia and came to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts."Mrs. James Metcalfe", New York Times, pg. 13.]

She was a member of the Lyceum Stock Company which staged "The Home Secretary" in November 1895. A play in four acts written by R.C. Carton,the themes were love, politics, and society. The time frame of the action is a single evening. ["Theatrical Gossip", New York Times, November 16,1895, pg. 8.] Tyree acted the part of "Jane Craigengelt" in "The Courtship of Leonie" at the Lyceum Theatre (New York), in November 1896. Written by Henry V. Esmond, the production began the Lyceum's tenth season under the management of Daniel Frohman. ["The Courtship of Leonie",New York Times, November 23, 1896, pg. 5.]

She depicted "Cicely" in "The Mayflower", a play written by Leon N. Parker, presented at the Lyceum in March 1897. It was based loosely on the Pilgrim emigration to the United States, with settings in Holland, Plymouth, England,and the shore of Massachusetts Bay. ["Theatres", New York Times, March 7, 1897, pg. 21.] Tyree participated in an Actors' Fund benefit at the Broadway Theatre, 1445 Broadway (West 41st Street), [ [http://www.ibdb.com/venue.aspx?id=1078 Broadway Theatre] , Internet Broadway Database, Retrieved on 1-7-08.] the same month. Minnie Maddern Fiske was part of a "special selection" at the same event."Theatrical Gossip", New York Times, March 15, 1897, pg. 7.]

She appeared as the leading lady in "Gretna Green" at the Madison Square Theatre, 24th Street (Manhattan) near Broadway (Manhattan), ["Display Ad 8--No Title", New York Times, January 5, 1903, pg. 6.] in January 1903. Written by Grace Livingston Furniss, the playwas set in Harrowgate in the 18th century."Managers Revise View That Shakespeare Does Not Play", New York Times, January 4, 1903,pg. SMA6.] The production featured three lovely stage sets and many actors in Kate Greenaway costumes. Tyree was described by a critic aspersonally popular and possessing an abundance of talents. ["Gretna Greenaway", New York Times, January 6, 1903, pg. 9.] In February1903 she was involved in an accident en route to her West Twenty-sixth Street home. She was returning after a matinee of "The Earl of Pawtuckett" when she was thrown from her cab when the horse hitched to the hansom slipped and fell on Fifth Avenue (Manhattan) near Twenty-Sixth Street. Her leg was bruised and the injury caused her to be unable to appear. An understudy, Jane Field, replaced her. ["Actresses In Two Mishaps", New York Times, February 22, 1903, pg. 1.]

In 1918 a play penned by Tyree was staged with Rosamond Carpentier playing one of the primary roles. ["New York Season Is Theatrical Katzenjammer", Oakland Tribune, June 2, 1918, pg. 18.]


Tyree was married to James Stetson Metalfe, a drama critic for Life Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. He died in 1927at the age of 68. His funeral and burial were in Buffalo, New York. ["Obituary 2-No Title", New York Times, May 27, 1927, pg. 23.]


She died in 1952 at the age of 87 at her home on 2 West Sixty-seventh Street. Tyree was a founder of the Bedford Hills, New York Community House.


External links

* [http://cgi.ebay.com/1903-Print-Actress-Elizabeth-Tyree_W0QQitemZ120206079654QQcmdZViewItem?IMSfp=TL0801041025a29930#ebayphotohosting Elizabeth Tyree] photo from Munsey's Magazine 1903
* [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=62871 Elizabeth Tyree] Internet Broadway Database Performer Credits


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