Julia Marlowe's Marriages

Julia Marlowe & E. H. Sothern

Photo courtesy of Dionysus Theatre Complex, New York, New York

The Atlanta Constitution, May 27, 1894:

Julia Marlowe will, in the course of a fortnight, be married to Robert Tabor, who formerly for several seasons, was leading man of her company.  Harry Neagle says this is the annual announcement.  Taber by the way, is the clever young fellow who was here in Rose Coghlan's company.

The Middletown Daily Argus, May 29, 1894 (New York)

On May 28, 1894, Julia married Robert Tabor in Philadelpia, Pennsylvania.  Rev. Joseph Blanchard was assisted in the ceremony by Rev. Arnold H. Hord. 

The Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, June 6, 1894:

Tuesday, May 29 - Miss Julia Marlowe, the actress, and Robert Tabor, formerly her leading man, were married in St. James' Protestant Episcopal Church at Philadelphia.

The Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, January 8, 1900:

Hyde Park, Vt., January 6:  Julia Marlowe-Taber was granted a divorce here on the grounds of intolerable severity this afternoon.  Three thousand dollars ailmony is granted by stipulation.  The petitioner is also allowed to resume the name of Julia Marlowe.

The Washington Post, Tuesday, October 18, 1910:

Reno Judge Hears Harned Divorce Paved Way for Marriage.

From the New York American:

All of the interesting details concerning the divorce suit of Mrs. Virginia Harned Sothern at Reno, Nev., did not appear yesterday on the face of the record, and one element which was calculated to and might have wrecked the entire enterprise remained preserved in secrecy.  It was an anonymous communication giving an alleged motive for the divorce.

Shortly before the hearing of the case yesterday, Judge Pike received an unsigned letter intimating that there was collusion between the parties, and that Sothern had consented to the divorce for the reason that he intended to marry Julia Marlowe.  The message, in part, is as follows:

"Julia Marlowe arrives from Europe this week.  She will continue with E. H. Sothern in a joint starring tour with the season to open in Boston.  I have it from reliable sources that as soon as Sothern and Virginia Harned are free from bonds of matrimony an announcement will be forthcoming that Sothern will take Miss Marlowe to church.

"The understanding is mutual, so far as I can gather, for when Mr. Sothern sold his home on Sixty-ninth Street, Miss Harned signed papers accepting a certain share for her interest in the property."

The message was not in evidence, was not sworn to, and naturally disregarded.

After the decree was granted, Miss Harned was shown the communication.

As to the reference to Miss Marlowe, she made no comment whatever, but respecting the sale of her home she pertulantly said:

"That is utterly untrue.  The home in New Yyork was mine, and Mr. Sothern had no power to dispose of it at all.  The home was the basis of no agreement; it was mine to sell."

Asked whether she did not secure the signature of Mr. Sothern to the deed of conveyance when she sold it, she admitted this to be true.

Virginia Harned manifested, much annoyance at the bringing up, of the name of her theatrical rival, Miss Marlowe.  Her attitude was haughty as she made her snappy answer.