Biography of Julia Arthur


Arthur, Julia, actress, born in Hamilton, ON, May 3, 1869, of Irish and Welsh parentage. Real name, Ida Lewis, stage name being taken from her mother's maiden name of Arthur. At 11, played in amateur dramatic club, taking part of Gamora in "The Honeymoon," and of Portia in "The Merchant of Venice." Three years later made professional debut as the Prince of Wales in Daniel Bandmann's presentation of "Richard III"; remained three seasons with that company. Studied violin music and dramatic art in England. First New York success at Union Square theater in "The Black Masque," later in A. M. Palmer's company in several roles, notably in "Mercedes," 1893. London debut February 1, 1895, in Henry Irving's company playing roles next to Miss Terry. Especially successful as Rosamond in "a Becket" with Irving and Terry in United States, 1896. Became Mrs. B. P. Cheney, Jr.