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Donnelly, Dorothy Agnes (28 January 1880–03 January 1928), actress, playwright, and librettist, was born in New York City, the daughter of Thomas L. Donnelly, a theatrical manager, and Sarah Williams, an actress. After the early death of her father, Donnelly was raised in the home of her uncle Fred Williams, stage director for ...

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Payne, John Howard (09 June 1791–09 April 1852), author and actor, was born in New York City, the son of William Payne, a schoolmaster, and Sarah Isaacs. Payne’s theatrical interests began early, while he was still a pupil in his father’s school in Boston, where the family moved in 1799. There he acted, organized a marching band, and, when only thirteen, wrote newspaper drama criticisms and became assistant editor of a journal, ...