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Overview (2)

Born in Lexington, Missouri, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA

Spouse (1)

Selena Fetter (1860-1955) (1892 - 16 February 1942) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (10)

Father of actress Selena Royle.
Graduated from Princeton University.
His play "The Squaw Man" became the first movie Cecil B. DeMille had directed in Hollywood.
Former Shepherd of the Lamb's Club.
Belonged to the Authors League of America and the Dramatist Guild.
Trustee of the Percy Williams Home for Indigent Actors.
Wrote numerous songs, poems, fugitive verses and at least ten one act plays.
Wrote several books, including "Edwin Booth as I Knew Him" and "English as She is Spoke".
His wife was a stage actress who had worked with many of the top actors and actresses of her day. She appeared with Lionel Barrymore in "The Henrietta", his first starring role.
Daughter Josephine Royle was a Broadway actress.

Personal Quotes (2)

The orchestra's place is filled by pianists who labor industriously five hours a day each. As they practically live at the piano, their knowledge of current music and their adaptability and skill are often surprising, but they are the most universally abused men I ever met. Everyone who comes off the stage Monday afternoon says of the pianist that he ruins their songs, he spoils their acts, he has sinister designs on their popularity, and he wishes to wreck their future.
[on the code of conduct in vaudeville theatres] Said a lady to me, 'They are the only theatres in New York where I should feel absolutely safe in taking a young girl without making preliminary inquiries. Though they may offend the taste, they never offend one's sense of decency'. The vaudeville theatres may be said to haver established the commercial value of decency. This is their cornerstone. They were conceived with the object of catering to ladies and children and, strange to say, a large - if not the larger - part of their audiences is always men.

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