This collection contains photographs, correspondence, and ephemera related to Vivian Tobin's performance as Alice in the first
American theatrical production of "Alice in Wonderland" in 1915.
Vivian Tobin (1902-2002) was an American actress who starred as the first Alice in an American theatrical production of Alice
in Wonderland in 1915. Tobin continued to perform in theater, vaudeville, and films through the 1930s. In 1935, Tobin married
Karl von Hagen, later chair of the University of Southern California Department of Neurology, and they had one daughter, Vivian
Thompson (USC Class of 1962), and a son.In 1915, "Alice in Wonderland" by Alice Gerstenberg (1885-1972) was published as the first American dramatization of Lewis
Carroll's novels "Alice in Wonderland" (1865) and "Through the Looking-Glass" (1871). Gerstenberg's play premiered on February
10, 1915, at the Fine Arts Theatre in Chicago, IL, before traveling to Broadway, to the Booth Theatre, on March 23, 1915.
Vivian Tobin (1902-2002) became the first actress to perform the role of Alice in the United States.