13 Facts About Antoinette Perry

1.

Mary Antoinette "Tony" Perry was an American actress and director, and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

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2.

Antoinette Perry performed at the Elitch Theater near Denver when she was only 11 years old.

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3.

Antoinette Perry was able to return to her hometown theatre in Denver during the 1908 Elitch Theatre season with David Warfield, Marie Bates, William Elliot and others in the preseason special productions of The Music Master and David Belasco's The Grand Army Man.

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4.

Antoinette Perry appeared opposite David Warfield in Music Master in 1906 when she was only 18.

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5.

Antoinette Perry's career was on the rise, yet she left the stage a star in 1909, to marry Denver businessman and president of the Denver Gas and Electric Company, Frank W Frueauff.

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6.

Antoinette Perry appeared notably in George S Kaufman and Edna Ferber's Minick that same year.

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7.

Antoinette Perry helped found, and was chairwoman and secretary of, the American Theatre Wing, which operated the Stage Door Canteens during World War II, providing entertainment to servicemen in several American cities.

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8.

Since 1947, the Antoinette Perry Awards have been given annually for distinguished achievement in theatre, and are one of the theatre world's most coveted honors.

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9.

In 2011 Perry was featured as an historical figure when The Neo-Futurists devised a show about the longest-running failure in Broadway history, J Frank Davis' The Ladder.

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10.

Antoinette Perry was a member of the original cast of The Ladder, but left the production prior to its close.

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11.

Antoinette Perry was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2004.

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12.

Antoinette Perry had three daughters: Margaret, who became an actress; Virginia, who died as an infant; and Elaine, who became a stage producer in the 1950s.

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13.

Antoinette Perry is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.

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