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Eva Le Gallienne as Hedda Tesman with Sayre Crawley as Judge Brack in the Civic Repertory Theatre production of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler
1926
Theatre Guild Records

Eva Le Gallienne is best remembered as an actress, but she made a significant and remarkable contribution to the American theater as a translator. For many years, Le Gallienne was the premier translator of Ibsen’s plays, and many of her translations were the English language standard translations for decades. She also translated Chekov’s plays and some of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous stories. A writer as well as a translator, she wrote autobiographies, children’s books, and a biography of theater great Eleonora Duse. Le Gallienne translated Hedda Gabler from Ibsen’s Norwegian to English for this production; she also produced, directed, and starred in the production.

 

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