Daughter of a family of ministers, Marjorie Gateson's passion to appear on stage had to overcome a great deal of domestic resistance. She began as a chorine in "The Pink Lady," during its Boston run. Manager E.D. Price, noticing the precision of her dancing and excellence of her diction singing, determined to elevate her to featured performer. Taking in most of the feminine roles in "The Little Cafe" during the course of its two-year run, she developed her skills as an ensemble artist and a lead.
During a trip to Boston Lee Shubert saw her perform in "Have a Heart," and contracted her as leading lady in "Her Soldier Boy." Gateson's popularity came with her 1918 performance as Lulu Clavelin in "Little Simplicity." She became a fixture in Shubert's B-level vehicles throughout the 1920s. With the coming of motion picture sound, a new market opened up for her vocal talent. She would enjoy a long career in movies and television, eventually closely out her career as a regular on a TV soap opera. David S. Shields/ALS