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actress, had role in "Out of the Shadow" (1919)
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Richard Golden was a very popular comedic actor.
Old Jed Prouty was his most famous role.
"Golden's Old Jed Prouty, which he wrote with William Gill, premiered in New York's Union Square Theatre on May 14, 1889, and moved to the Harlem Opera House later that same year. Prouty was a comedic Maine yankee tavern keeper living in the coastal town of Bucksport, the birthplace of his wife Dora Wiley and not far from Golden's own home-town of Bangor. The play began touring nationally in 1890 to rave reviews. Golden would go on to other plays and other parts, but would continually revive Prouty in the course of his career, ultimately playing it over 3,000 times in venues all over the eastern half of the U.S."
"There are many other stories about Golden’s career. As a boy, he was locally famous as an amateur minstrel. He joined the circus at age 13. He first performed onstage in Newport, Maine. He played the hind legs (or front legs, according to some reports) of a dancing heifer in “Evangeline,” a popular play in the 1870s. He achieved success in light opera, stage comedies, burlesque and vaudeville. He was married twice, once to Dora Wiley, known as “the sweet singer of Maine.” They had a daughter, Bernice, who was a professional actress. Much was made in the newspapers of her appearance on May 19, 1908, in “Brown of Harvard” at the Bangor Opera House."
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