The father of Miss Violet Vanbrugh (who in private life is Mrs. Arthur Bourchier) was an Exeter clergyman. He was notable, however, for his broad-mindedness, and when his eldest daughter said she would like to go on the stage, he said that if she felt acting to be her vocation, he would raise no objection. Thus it came about that, with a small legacy of £50, which had been left to her, in her pocket, Miss Vanbrugh came to London. At the end of three months her money had gone, and she failed to secure an engagement. It was then that she met Miss Ellen Terry, with whom she stayed for a whole year. But even she would not help her to an engagement, saying firmly that she must make her own way. It was J. L. Toole who ultimately gave Miss Vanbrugh her first chance.
Miss Violet Vanbrugh Rotary Photo E.c.