Like Miss Marie Tempest, this popular actress first appeared in musical comedy before distinguishing herself in serious plays, although, curiously enough, she made her debut as a child in "The Silver King" with the late Wilson Barrett. And in later years she rejoined him, playing in " The Sign of the Cross," at the Lyric. This was after she had appeared at the Gaiety in "Don Juan," "A Gaiety Girl," and "The Shop Girl." Her finest opportunities, however, presented themselves when she was engaged by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree to appear at His Majesty's Theatre in 1901, and with whom she remained for nearly six years. It was on the occasion of her first engagement with Sir Herbert as Minerva in "Ulysses" that she met Mr. Julian L'estrange, whom she married in 1902. Miss Collier, like her husband, has acted with great success in America. "If you want to be successful in the theatrical profession," she says, "perseverance is quite as necessary as in other walks of life." Miss Collier has won her present eminent position on the stage by perseverance alone, and knows, therefore, the value of constant endeavour.
Miss Constance Collier Bassano