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Overview (3)

Born in Kensington, London, England, UK
Died in Marylebone, London, England, UK  (pulmonary embolism)
Birth NameHerbert Draper Beerbohm

Mini Bio (1)

Herbert Beerbohm Tree was born on December 17, 1852 in Kensington, London, England as Herbert Draper Beerbohm. He was an actor and director, known for King John (1899), Henry VIII (1911) and The Tempest (1905). He was married to Lady Tree. He died on July 2, 1917 in Marylebone, London.

Spouse (1)

Lady Tree (16 September 1882 - 2 July 1917) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (12)

Half brother of cartoonist/satirist Max Beerbohm.
He founded RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in 1904 in London, England.
Father of actress Viola Tree and grandfather of actor David Tree.
He was the original Professor Henry Higgins in the first stage production of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" (1914). His spontaneous romantic ad libs to the play (such as throwing Eliza a bouquet of flowers at the end) infuriated Shaw, who was a strongly anti-romantic author. Fortunately, these ad libs did not become a part of tradition in future productions of the play.
When confronted by Shaw over his ad-lib to the ending of "Pygmalion", Tree replied: "My ending makes money; you should be grateful." Shaw then replied, "Your ending is damnable; you should be shot!"
He was knighted in 1909 for his services to the stage.
He was the father of the director Carol Reed, who was his illegitimate son by his mistress May Pinney Reed.
Grandfather of Oliver Reed (Reed's father Peter was one of Tree's seven illegitimate children)
His voice can be heard in excerpts from Shakespeare, on the Naxos CD "Great Historical Shakespeare Recordings".
Father of actress/poet Iris Tree and grandfather of writer Ivan Moffat.
He is interred at Saint John's Churchyard in London, England in the churchyard extension section.
He was of English, Dutch, German, and Lithuanian descent.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on cinema] New and vigorous impulses seem to me to be at work in it, and doubtless before long it will drop all slavish copying of the stage and strike out along fresh paths.

Salary (2)

Henry VIII (1911) £1,000
Macbeth (1916) $4,000

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