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Louise Closser Hale

Louise Closser Hale
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Birth nameLouise Closser
Birth dateOctober 13, 1872
Date of deathJuly 26, 1933(age 60)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, author, playwright
SpouseWalter Hale (1899-1917; his death)

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Louise Closser Hale (October 13, 1872 - July 26, 1933) was an American actress, playwright and novelist.

Louise Closser was born either in Springfield, Massachusetts or Chicago, Illinois (varying sources). Her father was Joseph A. Closser, a wealthy grain dealer and her mother was Louise M. Closser (1847-1932). She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston.

She made her theatrical debut in Detroit in an 1884 production of In Old Kentucky. Her first theatrical success came in 1903, when she appeared in a Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's Candida. In 1907, she made her London debut in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.

She was equally famous on New York and London stages, she was known to the world of literature for such novels as Home Talent and An American's London, as well as to the theater for a play called Mother's Millions, which she co-authored.

In 1899, Closser married artist and actor Walter Hale, whose name she used for her stage career, and who illustrated a number of her travel books. She collaborated with him in the preparation of many travel works. They traveled all over the world. She was a correspondent for Harper's during World War I.

Aged 57, following her husband's death from cancer in 1917, she left the stage for Hollywood. She had a parallel career as an author and playwright, starting in the first decade of the 20th century.

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