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1868 - 1957
The actress Julia Neilson belonged to the most distinguished stage actresses ofn Englans. Although her mother raise her alone she was able to visit a school in Wiesbaden, Germany where she spent three years.
When she returned to England she went to the Royal Academy of Music where she attracted attention with her singing voice. There she got her first awards.
Despite her singing talent she decided to learn the profession of an
actress and she made her professional stage debut in 1888 at the Lyceum
theater. Soon after followed her first leading role in the play "Pygmalion
and Galatea". Afterwards she appeared successfully on different stages.
When she got married with the actor Fred Terry she came into a traditional
acting family. Later her children became also well-known actors - Phyllis
Neilson-Terry und Dennis Neilson-Terry.
Her granddaughter was the actress Hazel Terry.
When she returned to England it followed engagements at the St. James, at the Adelphi and at His Majesty's Theatre. There came also her only work in front of the camera into being with the three minute short "King John" (1899).
Fred Terry took over the management of the Haymarket in 1900. They produced successfull plays in the next 30 years, among others "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (03).
Julia Neilson had to bear several bad blows at the beginning of the
30's. First her son, the actor Dennis Neilson-Terry, died at the age of
37 at pneumonia, one year later died her husband Fred Terry.