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Edna Wallace Hopper


Known for her electric smile, her small frame, and her pert ways with a comic song, Edna Wallace HopperĀ first trod the stage in an amateur theater in Oakland, California. Escaping a wealthy, alcoholic step-father, Hopper trekked east and secured an engagement with David Belasco in one of his first efforts, "The Younger Son" (1893). David S. Shields/ALS