Tuesday, April 21, 2015
It was on this date, April 21, 1924, that Eleanor Duse died of pneumonia in Pittsburgh at the age of 65. It's difficult to gauge or process in this digital age of endless imagery just how much impact the intimacy and immediacy of the stage had on society. I've read the reviews of Duse's performances, and they glow and rave, but it's still a challenge to contextualize without the visual. Fortunately, some of her evocative powers come through in the photographs taken of her across her career.
An anecdotal account of Duse's last performance and final illness can be found here.