Elizabeth "Bess" Lee Kirkland (1869 - 1936)

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Nicknames: "Odette Tyler"
Birthplace: Savannah, GA, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Elizabeth "Bess" Lee Kirkland

Born Elizabeth Lee Kirkland, "Odette Tyler" was the daughter of a West Point graduate, Brig. General William W. Kirkland, who fought with the South in the Civil War. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_W._Kirkland

Odette began acting at the age of 16 and worked with Charles Frohman and William Faversham for a number of years in musical comedy, making her debut in ‘The Private Secretary.’ She was a very popular comedienne and actress with the Madison Square Company from 1884 to 1885. Married to actor Donald MacLean Shepherd, they appeared on stage in a number of Shakespearean productions, including ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

A number of the most prominent critics in the country claimed that Odette’s ‘Juliet’ was the best they’d seen on stage. Odette also authored a book entitled ‘Boss [A Story of Virginia Life].’ She was prominent in music circles throughout Los Angeles. She was one of the organizers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and was also chair of the women's committee of the Los Angeles Grand Opera Association.

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Odette Tyler's Timeline

September 26, 1869
Savannah, GA, USA
December 8, 1936
Age 67
Los Angeles, CA, USA