Edith Wynne Matthison

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Edith Wynne Matthison
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The Burr McIntosh Monthly, 1904
Born Edith Wynne Matthison
November 23, 1875
Birmingham, England
Died September 23, 1955
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1896-1924
Spouse(s) Charles Rann Kennedy (1898–1950; his death)

Edith Wynne Matthison (November 23, 1875 – September 23, 1955)[1] was an Anglo-American stage actress who also appeared in two silent films.


She was born on November 23, 1875 in England. Matthison was educated in King Edward's Grammar School and Midland Institute, England, and began at 21 to appear in musical comedy, later joining Ben Greet's company, playing leading parts in The Three Musketeers and Money.[2] She specialized in Shakespeare and classic drama almost from the start of her career.[3] She was acting in the same play, The Merchant of Venice, with Sir Henry Irving the night he died. Irving nearly died in Matthison's arms. She appeared in Greek and mystery plays, old English comedies, and modern plays. In the United States in 1904 she appeared in Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer.[2]

Matthison married the playwright Charles Rann Kennedy in 1898, acted in many of his plays, and advised him during their development.[2][4] A happy couple who enjoyed a long marriage of 50 years, they had no children. They both taught at Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, New York.[5] At one time her niece Gladys Edith Wynne was married to the stage and silent film star Milton Sills. Matthison died of a stroke in Los Angeles on September 23, 1955.[6]


  1. WHO WAS WHO IN THE THEATRE: 1912-1976 originally an annual publication by John Parker, this four volumer A-Z compiled by Gale Research c.1976 (Matthison, Edith W. page 1634)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2  Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). [https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikisource.org%2Fwiki%2FCollier%27s_New_Encyclopedia_%281921%29%2FMatthison%2C_Edith_Wynne "Matthison, Edith Wynne" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P.F. Collier & Son Company.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. New York Times ELECTRA AS EDITH WYNNE MATTHISON SEES HER;Famous Heroine of Classic Times and Why She Is Popular To-day. (Sunday March 13, 1910)
  4. Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). [https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikisource.org%2Fwiki%2FThe_Encyclopedia_Americana_%281920%29%2FKennedy%2C_Charles_Rann "Kennedy, Charles Rann" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Encyclopedia Americana.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Online Archive of California: Finding Aid for the Charles Rann Kennedy papers, 1887-1947". oac.cdlib.org. Retrieved 15 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Edith Wynne Matthison page at North American Theatre Online

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