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Miriam A. Nesbitt

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(1873-1954)

The leading lady of the Edison Film Company in 1913-1915, Miriam Nesbitt first acted in a credited role when contracted by James K. Hackett to perform in "The Prisoner of Zenda." She became a full-fledged lead when William H. Crane hired her to partner him in his acting company in 1902. She made a hit in "David Harum" and again in 1903 in "The County Chairman" that played at Wallack's Theater in New York City. Later successes include the 1909 reincarnation drama "The Road to Yesterday." It was during the run of this play that she determined to establish herself as a motion picture actress. David S. Shields/ALS