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Henny Llewellyn Willians
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SELECTIONS, SPLENDID LINES, AND
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TO PUT IN THE HANDS OF SCHOOLGIRLS,
122 NASSAU STREET.
MISS ELLEN TERRY
Is the leading lady of Mr. Henry Irving's Dramatic Company. This highly gifted lady was born in 1848, and married firstwhen only eighteen-Mr. Watts, the celebrated painter, who was by many years her senior; and, secondly, Mr. Charles Kelly, an actor, really the son of the Rev. Mr. Wardell, a clergyman of the Episcopal church, in the north of England.
Ellen, when eight years old, made her first appearance with vivacious precocity, as Mamilius, in Charles Kean’s revival of the “Winter's Tale,” at the Princess's theatre, London.
Her after career was a continued success.
On the 13th of December, 1878, she appeared as Ophelia to Mr. Irving's Hamlet, of which “Punch,” not prolific in praise, said: “If anything more intellectually conceived or more exquisitely brought out has been seen upon the English stage in this generation it is not within our memory.” She has since remained in the company. She is buoyant, elastic, graceful, picturesque, and in her Letitia Hardy ball costume, hair playing, drapery flowing, drooping laces, delicate lawns, glossy silks glittering in the sheen of their own bright light-a costume of apparent ease but infinite care-she seems like a receding angel or a dissolving view.
Miss Terry has appeared in many of the most difficult characters, and whether in the stately Portia or the impulsive Juliet she is alike “express and admirable;" evincing the same high degree of excellence in lofty tragedy as piquant comedy.
Miss Terry is a beautiful Reader, and even Tennyson's superb poetry, has added charms when coming from her lips.
In this country the lady's performances have “. won goldon opinions from all sorts of people."