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Mamie Gilroy

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(1878-1904)

Dead at age twenty-six, this actress's memory has been memorialized in a cocktail (whiskey, ginger ale, lime) with greater staying power than in recollections of her roles. A victim of heart disease, Gilroy had entered the theatrical world at age sixteen as an ingenue with the Hoyt company. A capable songstress as well as actress, she toured with the Hoyt Company for seven years, and won substantial success in New York, in particular for creating the role of Bossy in "A Texas Steer." She left Hoyt to tour with the Rich & Harris Opera Company, and then the Gerard Avenue Opera Company of Philadelphia. A second golden period in her career took place in Boston where she won critical notice for playing Dorothy Manners in "The Giddy Throng" and Dolly in "Mam'selle Hawkins" for the Bowdoin Square Stock Company. David S. Shields/ALS