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The only reason I know about her is that Alexander Woollcott mentioned her in a book. Kind of sad that someone once considered the greatest actress in the US, and who did much to make Ibsen known in this country, is now barely remembered.
"Mrs. Fiske," as she was known, was mentioned in the films "All About Eve" and "Rosemary's Baby." That's how I first heard the name. I once saw a costume she had worn, at the theater exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. She also appeared in two silent films, one of which has definitely not survived. Although it's not clear if she ever heard of Stanislavski, Mrs. Fiske has been called "the first important 'realistic' actress in the United States."
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