Viola Allen

From Cabinet Card Gallery
 Stage Actress

Born:October 27, 1867, Huntsville, AL
Died:May 9, 1948, New York City
Buried:Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York


•  Born in Huntsville, AL and moved with her family to Boston when she was three.

•  "ALLEN, VIOLA, actress, was born in Huntsville; daughter of C. Leslie and Sarah (Lynn) Allen, the former a character actor of an old Boston family, the latter of English descent. She accompanied her parents to Boston at the age of three; received her education in that city, at Wykham Hall, Toronto, and at a New York boarding school. At the age of fifteen she made her debut in 'Esmeralda' at the Madison Square theatre, New York; later joined John McCullough company, playing Virginia, Desdemona, Cordelia, etc.; played classical. Shakespearean and comedy roles with Lawrence Barrett, Tommaso Salvini, Joseph Jefferson and William J. Florence. For one season she played the leading part at the Boston museum; one year at Empire theatre; spent four years creating and playing roles in 'Liberty Hall', 'Sowing the Wind', 'The Masqueraders', 'Under the Red Robe', etc. Starred as Gloria Quayle in 'The Christian', 1898; produced 'In the Palace of the King', 1900, and 'The Eternal City', 1902. Under the management of her brother she began a series of Shakespearean revivals, 1903, and has also produced 'The School for Scandal'. Married: in 1906, to Peter Duryea. Residence: New York." - Alabama Biography

Related Links:

•  Alabama Biography - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, p. 28.

•  Cabinet Card Gallery - Cabinet Card

•  Find a Grave - Short bio, photos of her and her grave site created by "MC" and posted January 13, 2005

•  Flickr - Photos

•  Internet Broadway Database - List of Broadway Plays

•  Internet Movie Database - List of films

•  New York Public Library - Portraits in the Portrait Gallery

•  New York Times - Odd article about her secret marriage to a Kentucky horseman (Originally found at

•  Wikipedia - Bio

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Alabama Biography