Maude Family Theatrical Papers, 1898-1960


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Maude Family Theatrical Papers
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Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.

Biographical Note

Cyril Francis Maude, English comedic actor, was the son of a military family. He began his career in 1879 with an American tour, appearing on the stage in Denver, Colorado, 1883. On his return to England he worked regularly with major theatre companies, becoming popular by 1888, the same year he married Isabel Winifred Maud Emery. In partnership with Mr. F. Harrison, Maude became actor-manager of the Haymarket Theatre from 1896 to 1905, and a comic actor at The Playhouse from 1905 to 1915. In1888 he married Winifred Emery, an established actress, who was his leading lady until her retirement. His company made several American and Australian tours. He retired in 1927 and came out of retirement in 1933 on his 80th birthday to act the role of Sir Peter Teazle. He also served as the president of Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA.)

Isabel Winifred Maud Emery was the fourth generation of a distinguished theatrical family; in 1870 she began her career as a child in Liverpool, acted in pantomime in London, and made her adult debut in 1879. She joined Sir Henry Irving's company and acted and toured with him until she married Cyril Maude and became his leading lady. She was the first actress to play the title roles in Wilde's Lady Windemere's Fan and Babbie in Barrie's The Little Minister. She left the stage because of illness several years before her death in 1924. Margery Maude, oldest daughter of Maude and Emery, studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, and made her stage debut in 1910. She worked in Sir Herbert Tree's management and later that of her father. She was commended for her performance opposite her father in a production of Rip van Winkle in 1911 and debuted on Broadway in 1913. In 1917 she married the New Yorker Joseph Warren Burden and interrupted her stage career to raise three children: Joseph Warren Burden Jr. (1918–1944), Winifred Emery Burden, and Pamela Maude Burden. She returned to the stage in many productions including My Fair Lady. She also acted on the screen in The Birds and the Bees (1956) and You're Never Too Young (1955). Her television shows included The Defenders (1 episode, 1964), Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957), Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode, 1952), Kraft Television Theatre (1 episode, 1949), The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode, 1954, as herself). She died in 1979.

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Scope and Contents

This collection was created by the family to document the acting careers of the English actors Winifred Emery and Cyril Maud, and their daughter Margery Maude. It consists primarily of publicity materials such as photographs, scrapbooks, reviews, and playbills, with some additional family photographs, scripts, journals, and correspondence.

Series 1: Cyril Maude and Winifred Emery series includes correspondence regarding news of family and key theatrical players. There are photographs and photographic scrapbooks of Winifred Emery and Cyril Maude in various roles, as well as reviews, programs, scripts, and playbills from various theatrical performances. Personal items of interest include Winifred Emery’s cookery book, and an entertaining photograph album of Cyril and Winifred riding a bicycle. Obituaries of Cyril Maude and Winifred Emery provide biographical information about their families and careers.

Series 2: Margery Maude series details Margery Maude’s childhood and career in England through photos of her and her family, correspondence between friends and family, reviews of her stage performances, programs, scripts and playbills from various theatrical performances including The Walking Gentleman, Anne of England, O Mistress Mine, An Inspector Calls, There's Always Juliet, Jane and The Heiress, and The Old Foolishness. There is also a copy of the script with her part for The Old Foolishness. These document her roles on the stage, her roles in film and television are noted in reviews and newspaper stories about her.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Maude Family Theatrical Papers, RBM 6049, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Pamela Maude Burden Milholland, 2006.

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Processed by Special Collections staff.

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