Autographed Check By Actress Fanny Davenport- Signed By Her Husband Edwin Price For Sale
Bruce Campbell Adamson - Genealogist and Historian
Princeton University has Fanny
Davenport's personal papers.
Autographed check from Fanny Davenport. THIS ORIGINAL Check is signed by Fanny Davenport, signed also by her husband and actor Edwin Price who is a listed actor. Price is for $100.00. Photograph is a
BIT of HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Frances Vining Davenport was born in London, where her father, Edward L. Davenport, an actor of American birth, and her mother, Frances Vining, of a famous English theatrical family, had both been acting in the company of Anna Cora Mowatt. In 1854 Mr. and Mrs. Davenport came to America, and most of their other children were born in the USA. Blanche Davenport was an operatic stage singer. Fanny was associated with theater since her early childhood. In Boston Edward Davenport, her father managed the old Howard Athenaeum, she appeared as a child in "Metamora" and "Pizarro."
Fanny Davenport was a girl friend of John Wilkes Booth.
Fanny Lily Gipsy Davenport
(10 April 1850 - 26 September 1898) was an English-American stage
actress. The daughter of Edward Loomis Davenport and Fanny Vining,
she was born in London, England, but was brought to America when
a child and educated in the Boston public schools.
In February, 1862, she appeared
in New York at Niblo's Garden at the age of twelve as the King
of Spain in Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady. Later (1869) she
was a member of Augustin Daly's company; and afterwards, with
a company of her own, acted with especial success in Sardou's
Fedora (1883), Cleopatra (1890), and similar plays. She took over
emotional Sardou roles that had been originated in Europe by Sarah
Bernhardt. Her last appearance was in Chicago at the Grand Opera
House on the 25th of March 1898, shortly before her death.
Her first husband was Edwin
B. Price, an actor. They married in 1879 and later divorced. She
was the wife of Mr. Willet Melbourne MacDowell (later a silent
movie actor), her second husband, whom she married in 1889. She
died in Duxbury, Massachusetts. She was the aunt of actress Dorothy
HER BROTHER HARRY
Harold George Bryant "Harry"
Davenport (January 19, 1866 August 9, 1949) was an American
film and stage actor. He appeared in a number of roles in many
famous films, perhaps best known for playing Dr. Meade in Gone
with the Wind (1939). Harry was the brother in law to Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore.
He married Alice Davenport
in 1893. They had one daughter, Dorothy Davenport, who also became
Harry Davenport's daughter
married Wallace Reid.
After divorcing Alice in
1896, he married actress Phyllis Rankin, that same year. They
had four children, all actors: Arthur Rankin (father of Arthur
Rankin, Jr., founder of the Rankin/Bass animation studio), Ned
Davenport, Ann Davenport, and Kate Davenport. The 10 August 1949
Canton Sunday Telegram obituary noted that the couple were together
until her death, contrary to reports that he divorced her and
re-married. Through his marriage to Phyllis, he
was the brother-in-law
of Lionel Barrymore, who
was married at the time to Phyllis' sister Doris. Phyllis's father, McKee Rankin, had
been the top actor at the Arch Street Theater, which was run by
Lionel's grandmother and Sidney's mother, Louisa Lane Drew. He was the grandfather of producer
Dirk Wayne Summers, Arthur Rankin Jr. and Wallace Reid Jr. His
dad was in D.W. Griffith's film "Birth of a Nation,"
and was labeled as the greatest love maker on film.
Wallce Reid Jr.'s mother
was Dorothy Davenport (billed as Mrs. Wallace Reid), co-produced
and appeared in Human Wreckage (1923), making a national tour
with the film to publicize the dangers of drug addiction. She
and Reid had two children: a son, Wallace Reid, Jr., born in 1917;
and a daughter, Betty Mummert, whom they adopted in 1922 at age
three.  Reid's widow never remarried.
Wallace Reid's contribution
to the motion-picture industry has been recognized with a star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dorothy Davenport (March
13, 1895 - October 12, 1977) was an American actress, screenwriter,
film director, and producer who appeared in silent film for Biograph
Studios under the direction of D.W. Griffith.
Early career of
Davenport's family was well
known in the theater. Her aunt, Fanny Davenport, was considered
one of the great actresses of the time. Her father, Harry Davenport,
was a Broadway star.
By the time she was 17,
she was a star at Universal. Davenport was a horsewoman of distinction,
and did many of her own stunts in films. While with Universal,
she would meet a young actor (and assistant director-gopher-scenariowriter)
named Wallace Reid. The two soon became involved in a relationship.
They married on October 13, 1913.
Davenport and Reid continued
to work together as he directed and starred with her in two films
per week for the next year. When Wallace left Universal, Dorothy
also left films, only to return in 1916 to appear in a small number
 Later career and husband's death
While filming on location
in Oregon for The Valley of the Giants (1919), Wallace Reid was
injured in a train wreck. As a remedy for the pain from this injury,
studio doctors administered large doses of morphine to Reid to
which he became addicted. Reid's health slowly grew worse over
the next few years, and he died of the addiction in 1923. After
Reid's death, Davenport and Thomas Ince co-produced the film Human
Wreckage (1923) with James Kirkwood, Sr., Bessie Love and Lucille
Ricksen, a film that dealt with the dangers of narcotics addiction.
She and husband Wallace
Reid had two children. She was married to him until his death
on 18 January 1923. She never remarried.
Interesting note : Wallace Reid who was in the film Birth of a
Nation married the niece of Fanny Davenport owned a home in Santa
Monica Canyon. Many years later it was purchased by Lois and Robert
Dwan. When they went on vacation Seller was able to spend the
night in the master bedroom. Lois wrote for the L.A. Times
and Robert was the Director of Groucho Marx "You Bet
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