A Bill of Divorcement

Definition

Theater

  • The first and most successful play by Clemence Dane.A sensitive study of a young woman's fear of hereditary madness, itis also an attack on the British divorce laws for not admitting insanityas sufficient grounds for divorce. First performed in 1921 in London,it made a star of Maggie Albanesi in the lead role of Sydney Fairfield;sadly, Albanesi died only two years later. It opened in New York inthe same year, providing Katharine Cornell with her Broadway debut.The Hollywood film version starred John Barrymore and introducedKatherine Hepburn.
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