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in posture or exclamation". A critic in Russia said he was "the greatest thing in nature." After over twenty five years of experience, an English critic who previously scorned Ira Aldridge for playing white roles adamantly stated: We find that not only does the sable artist pronounce our language distinctly and correctly, but with elocutional emphasis and propriety, and that his general action is marked with elegance and ease .... Mr. Aldridge has formed a conception of Othello peculiarly his manner .... He is manifestly an intelligent man, has studied his art with earnestness and gained felicity in it's exercise. In 1853, Ira Aldridge went on his first continental tour. It was as usual a success and returned to England in 1855 for a provincial tour. He was finally recognized by Queen Victoria and played for her. He became a British citizen, never to return to the Us in 1863. It was during this time Ira Aldridge accumulated about 60 roles in his 27 years of traveling. Ira was now in even more demand. He played in distinguished theaters, what he tried to accomplish all his life. He contemplating doing a New York City tour, but while he was performing in Lodz, Poland he had a respiratory affliction and died there. He was buried with many honors and was mourned by all. He never got to return to America. I will now tell you about Ira's family. In 1825 he married Margaret Gill of England. She died in 1864. In 1865 he remarried to Countess Amanda von Brandt of Sweden. He had two sons and three daughters. One of them who is considered to be illegitimate was Ira Daniel. He became a language teacher who migrated to Australia in 1867. Three of his other children became opera singers, composers and musicians. His fifth son, who was born posthumously died in infancy. During Ira's life, he slept with many women and had a few illegitimate children. He was sued by a couple of their husbands. However, it did not make a big dent on his career. Today, there is a chair dedicated to him in the Shakespeare Memorial Theater in Stratford-on-Avon, England. There are at least 2 Biographies and countless
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mentions in most Shakespeare books. List of works cited 1. Marshall and Stock, Ira Aldridge, Most of the book, Arcuturus Books, April 1968 in the USA 2. Hill, Errol, Shakespeare in Sable, Pages 17-27, University of Massachusets Press, 1984, Amherst, Massachusets 3. Mortimer, Owen, Speak of me as I am: Ira Aldridge (Internet Abreviated Version) 4. African American Review, Fall 1994 edition 5. Theater Arts at Howard University home page -howard.edu 6. Encarta Online 4/30/99 1:13 PM
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