"Idle at school, and unsuccessful. Began stage life at sixteen; very successful. Left stage at twenty-eight. Flattering offers to return refused." Such, according to Miss Mary Anderson, is her biography in brief. She, in 1887, definitely retired from the stage, amid universal regret; and although many tempting offers have been made to her - including one of 30,000 - to appear once more on the stage, Miss Anderson has declared that " Nothing on earth would induce me to return to the glare of publicity again." One of the most beautiful, as well as one of the most popular, actresses on the stage, Miss Anderson made her debut at the age of sixteen. This was in 1875, her first appearance in this country being made at the Lyceum Theatre in 1883, when she immediately took London by storm. For four years she was kept busy by engagements on both sides of the Atlantic. A prolonged illness, however, caused her temporary retirement from the stage, after which she married Antonio de Navarro. It was then that she announced her withdrawal from the dramatic profession, and retired with her husband to the Court Farm, Broadway, Worcestershire, where their two children - one son and one daughter - were born. Here she leads the simple life, happy with her garden, her children, and her husband, and beloved by the villagers for her charitable work. Miss Anderson is a Californian by birth.
Madame de Navarro Elliott Fry