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Maxine Elliott. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-95415).


Elliott, Maxine (05 February 1869–05 March 1940), actress and theater manager, was born Jessica Dermot in Rockland, Maine, the daughter of Thomas Dermot, a sea captain, and Adelaide Hall, a teacher. Early on, Jessie Dermot earned a reputation as a daring, mischievous girl and a voluptuous beauty. At age fifteen she accepted an invitation to visit New York with a school friend. There she met George McDermott, whom she married, probably in 1884. After a few violent years, she barred her bedroom door and eventually left him....