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Antoinette Perry

(Mary) Antoinette Perry (June 27, 1888 - June 28, 1946) was an actress, a director, and a founder of the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Award is named for her.

Antoinette Perry was born in Denver, Colorado and spent her childhood aspiring to reduplicate the thespian artistry of her aunt and uncle, both of whom were well respected actors. After marrying Frank W. Frueauff in 1909, she stopped acting, but returned to the stage (after his death) in 1924. She began directing in 1928 and eventually oversaw the production Harvey, a moderately successful play that was made into a movie.

She helped found, and was chairman of, the American Theatre Wing, which operated the Stage Door Canteens during World War II.

The year following her death in New York, the American Theatre Wing established the annual Antoinette Perry Awards in her name. They are universally known by their nickname, the Tony Awards.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Antoinette Perry Facts

OccupationActress, Director
BirthdayJune 27, 1888
BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, USA
Date of deathJune 28, 1946 (age 58)

Selected Filmography

Not available.