#51 First woman director-producer on Broadway – Margaret Anglin
She was born Mary Warren Anglin on april 3rd, 1876 in Ottawa, Ontario, & was the youngest of nine children of newspaper editor and politician Timothy Warren Anglin (1822–1896) by his second wife, Ellen MacTavish. She remembers being held by Oscar Wilde, a guest of her father, when she was six years old, probably during Wilde’s first visit to America via the SS Arizona in 1882, when he conducted a 140 Lecture Tour across North America (US and Canada).
Miss Anglin was educated at Loretto Abbey, Toronto, and then theConvent of the Sacred Heart, Montreal. She graduated from the Empire School of Dramatic Acting, New York, in 1894, where she studied under Nelson Wheatcroft. Her acting skills brought the attention of theatre impresario Charles Frohman who provided her with the opportunity to make her professional stage debut, as Margaret Anglin because it took up more billboard space, and while she had been on Broadway learning the trade since she was 17 it was not until 1894 that she starred n the Bronson Howard production of “Shenandoah,” a Civil War play.
The Anglin-Hull Marriage
Through her acting career met future husband, Howard Hull of Kentucky, and they were married on May 9, 1911 in New York City at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and she thereby became an American citizen. Most of Broadway attended the gala affair as did some nascent movie stars. Hull was the older brother of Shelly (husband of Josephine Hull of Arsenic and Old Lace & Harvey) and Henry, a John Ford character actor and while he is listed as an actor, but little could be found on his career as such.
Hull became her manager, and Anglin hard working and talented produced, directed & starried in many Broadway plays that were typically large affairs with huge casts, elaborate sets and great reviews. Then in 1927 not satisfied Margaret began making demands that her husband, Howard, also be given parts in her plays. Her request was incredulously denied and impervious to the entreaties she walked out of two major productions that was starring in. Broadway got its revenger and for eight years she accordingly did not get any future work until about 8 years later, Ivor Novello (born David Ivor Davies) cast her in 1936 in his Fresh Fields plays where she received great critical acclaim. Lillian Hellman followed suit and put Anglin in Watch on the Rhine at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.
Mapping Margaret M. Anglin
Rectification to Slave Girl demanding her Rights
We rectified Miss Anglin’s birth time to 8:05 in Toronto and that seems to fit her career and life well and gives her the Ascendant of 11 Gemini or a slave girl demanding her rights. This symbol fits well her career, as she was not only the actor on stage but often the producer and director — probably the first woman to do all these roles simultaneously and quite successfully (Mary Pickford followed suit in film).
Anglin is a bucket with a Jupiter handle in her seventh house of opportunities and partnership & a mutable T-square from the first house stellium to the seventh with a point focus at Saturn in Pisces 04 and a mutable grand cross when using the TransNeptunian Poseidon at 04 Virgo. Her chart is heavily weighted towards the mutable signs that works well for a woman who worked on the stage in many roles and with lots of people.
Her Sun is trine her Moon in the fourth house demonstrating how she used her knowledge of the stage and the public to fuel her inner creativity and as the Moon is sextile her Ascendant in the first house it gives her the ability to play different roles as she needs to fulfill her dreams. Anglin’s Line of Motivation, Jupiter to Saturn, allows her to develop her best potential in partnerships, like she did with her husband Howard.
After her husband died, Miss Anglin returned to Canadian Theatre where she reposed on January 7, 1858. Despite her friendship with Mary Pickford, she did not make any moving pictures.