Known to all playgoers as Dorothea Baird, Mrs. H. B. Irving, who married the famous actor in 1896, made her first appearance on the stage in 1894 with the Oxford University Dramatic Society, when she was nineteen years of age. And then, a year later, came her first great success, when she appeared with Sir Herbert Tree in George Du Maurier's "Trilby," for which she was specially selected by the author, who saw in her the realisation of his own sketches of the character. Since then Mrs. Irving has appeared with her husband in many plays. When not in London, Mr. and Mrs. Irving reside in a delightfully situated mill-house on the very summit of Borstall Hill, a few miles from Heme Bay. One of the few that now remain in Kent, the mill is a well-known landmark to mariners, and it is stated that on one of the floors Mr. Irving and his wife are accustomed to rehearse their new parts. A clever housewife, Mrs. Irving once made the interesting confession that, hearing her father remark, when she was a little girl of six, that he could never get a chop cooked properly at the club, she determined that when she grew up her husband should never be able to complain that she could not cook. " And although I have been married fifteen years, he never has," she says. Thus is disproved the ancient heresy that the artistic temperament is necessarily antagonistic to the cultivation of the domestic virtues.
Miss Dorothea Baird Ellis &Walery