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Doris Keane

Birthplace: St. Josephs, Michigan, United States
Death: November 25, 1945 (63)
LeRoy Sanitarium, New York, New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Keane and Minnie Winter, comedienne
Ex-wife of Basil Sydney
Partner of Howard Gould
Mother of Ronda Georgina Keane Muschenheim

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About Doris Keane

Doris Keane (December 12, 1881 - November 25, 1945) was an American actress. She was born in St. Joseph Michigan and died in New York, New York. She was married to fellow actor Basil Sydney 1918-1925, and had a daughter, Ronda Keane, out of wedlock with financier Harold Gould.

Her first professional role was in Whitewashing Julia in 1903. This was a small role but she went on to play leading roles in The Happy Marriage in 1909 and The Lights o' London in 1911.

In 1913, she played Margherita Cavallini in Edward Sheldon's Romance. Her leading man in this long running play was William Courtenay who played the part of a priest. Sheldon had originally offered the male lead to his friend John Barrymore. Barrymore turned it down preferring to still do comedies. Sheldon reportedly fell in love with her and yearned for her all his life. She played this part in America and Europe for the next five years and returned in revivals regularly during the 1920s. In 1920, she made the silent film version of Romance, distributed by the then newly formed United Artists. Her male lead in the film was Norman Trevor. She also played Catherine the Great in Czarina in 1922 after Sheldon had revised the play especially for her.

She married the actor Basil Sydney, thirteen years her junior, in 1918; they divorced in 1925. She had one child, Ronda Keane, born in Cannes, France in 1915. Ronda's father was the financier Howard Gould. He acknowledged his paternity but never married Doris. Ronda married Dr Carl Muschenheim, a New York based thoracic specialist, in 1951.

Doris Keane was a favorite subject for artists of the day, among them the sculptor Jacob Epstein and the portraitist De Laszlo. There are at least two Royal Dalton figurines of her, one holding the monkey that was part of the Romance play.

Doris Keane's ashes were buried at Tower Hill Cemetery, Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts.

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December 12, 1881
St. Josephs, Michigan, United States
February 24, 1915
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
November 25, 1945
Age 63
New York, New York, New York, United States
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States