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Le Gallienne, Eva (1899-1991)  
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Although Le Gallienne continued performing until the end of her life, after the closure of the American Repertory Theater she mostly lived quietly with her companion Marion Evensen. In the late 1950s, she had a notable success as Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stewart and also appeared in several television specials, winning an Emmy for one performance. In 1964, she received a Tony Award for her production of Chekhov's The Seagull.

At the age of eighty, Le Gallienne was cast along with Ellen Burstyn in Daniel Petrie's film Resurrection. Le Gallienne's performance as Grandma Pearl earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Her last role was in 1983 in a segment of the television drama St. Elsewhere. The episode was a fiasco, reportedly because Le Gallienne was drunk during most of the taping.

Le Gallienne died at the age of 92 on June 3, 1992.

She had acted in or directed nearly 150 live theater productions, given 16 film and television performances, made dozens of radio broadcasts, and recorded a score of records and tapes. She wrote four books, including the memoir With a Quiet Heart (1953), a biography of Eleanora Duse, and numerous articles for periodicals.

Actress Jane Alexander wrote that: "People called Helen Hayes the grand dame of the theatre but it really should be Le G[allienne]. There is nobody else like her; she did it all."

Yolanda Retter

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Peterson, Andrea L. T. "Eva Le Gallienne." Gay & Lesbian Biography. Michael J. Tyrkus, ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1997. 281-283.

Schanke, Robert A. Shattered Applause: The Lives of Eva Le Galliene. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992.

Sheehy, Helen. Eva Le Gallienne: A Biography. New York: Knopf, 1996.


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    Entry Title: Le Gallienne, Eva  
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