Eva Esmond (Moore) (1870 - 1955)

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Death: Died in Maidenhead, England
Occupation: Actress
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About Eva Esmond (Moore)

Eva Moore was an English actress. Moore was born and educated in Brighton. In 1891 she married the actor Henry V. Esmond. They had two children, Jack and Jill (the actress Jill Esmond, first wife of Laurence Olivier). Her sister, Decima, was also an actress.

Moore made her first stage appearance at London's Vaudeville Theatre on 15 December 1887, as Varney in Proposals. She next joined Toole's company and appeared at Toole's Theatre on 26 December of that year as the Spirit of Home in Dot. In 1892, she appeared in The Mountebanks by W. S. Gilbert and Alfred Cellier. In 1894, she joined Charles Hawtrey and Lottie Venne in F. C. Burnand's A Gay Widow.[1] Other stage roles included Mabel Vaughn in The Wilderness (1901); Lady Ernestone in Esmond's My Lady Cirtue (1903) and Wilhelmina Marr in his Billy's Little Love Affair (1903); and Kathie in Old Heidelberg (1902 and 1909) with George Alexander. In 1907 she took the name part in Sweet Kitty Bellaire (1907); and she played Mrs. Errol in Little Lord Fauntleroy and Mrs. Crowley in The Explorer in 1908, and the Hon. Mrs. Bayle in Best People and the Hon. Mrs. Rivers in The House Opposite in 1909.

She later managed the Henry V. Esmond comedy Eliza Comes to Stay, which opened at the Criterion Theatre on 12 February 1913, transferring to the Vaudeville, 6 July 1914. In October 1920 the couple toured Canada with Nigel Bruce as their stage manager, who also played Montague Jordan in Eliza Comes to Stay, which re-opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in London on 14 June 1923.

Moore was active in the suffrage movement (as was her sister Decima), attending meetings and appearing in suffragist plays and films.

From 1920 to 1946, Moore made over two dozen films, beginning with "The Law Divine" (1920). Some of her best received films were The Crimson Circle (1922), The Great Well (1924) and Motherland (1927). Her most popular 'talkies' included Almost a Divorce (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), I Was a Spy (1933), Jew Süss (1934), The Divorce of Lady X (1938) which starred son-in-law Laurence Olivier, A Son Is Born (1946) and Of Human Bondage (1946).

Moore published her reminiscences under the title of Exits and Entrances. Moore died in Maidenhead, England.

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Eva Esmond's Timeline

1870
February 9, 1870
1908
January 26, 1908
Age 37
London, Greater London, England
1955
April 27, 1955
Age 85
Maidenhead, England
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