Edwin Booth was a 19th century American
actor from a well-known acting family that also included his thespian brothers Junius
Brutus Jr. and John Wilkes Booth. Booth made his stage debut in 1849, and his great
granddaughter Edwina Booth Waterbury Cutting continued the family vocational tradition
by pursuing an acting career of her own in the 1930s and 1940s. The
Edwin Booth Family Collection contains ephemera and
photographs related to Edwin Booth's acting career and the personal and
professional lives of his descendants.
Actor Edwin Booth (1833-1893) was well-known for his work as a tragedian, especially
playing Shakespeare's Hamlet. Booth was son of actor Junius Brutus Booth, and
sibling to actors Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., John Wilkes Booth, and writer Asia Booth
Clarke. Edwin made his stage debut in 1849 with his father Junius. After his
father's death in 1852, Edwin toured Australia and Hawaii, earning stage
recognition during his 1856 engagement in Sacramento, California. He is remembered today
for his Shakespeare performances, particularly his Hamlet in 1864-1865, which he
produced with brothers Junius and John.
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