It was as one of the chorus in " The Yeomen of the Guard," at the Savoy in 1889, that Miss Ellis Jeffreys, who in private life is Mrs. Herbert Sleath, wife of the popular actor of that name, made her debut at the age of twenty-one. A year later she appeared in "La Cigale" at the Lyric, in which opera she played and sang nearly all the leading female roles during its long run. Since then she has acted in nearly every kind of play, and her versatility is strikingly illustrated by the fact that she has appeared with rare success in such plays as " The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith," " Sweet Lavender," " Kitty Grey," " The Marriage of Kitty," as Kate Hardcastle in " She Stoops to Conquer," and as Mrs. Allonby in " A Woman of No Importance." Not only, however, has Miss Jeffreys earned the distinction of being one of the most versatile of our leading actresses, but she is also regarded as one of the best dressed, and certainly no one wears a smart dress better, or hits off the society woman so well as Miss Jeffreys.
That this distinguished actress is devoted to her art and takes it indeed most seriously may be gathered from the following words of a speech she made at an annual dinner of the O.p. Club :
Miss Ellis Jeffreys Rita Martin