Julia's Philanthropic Work

The Marion Daily Star, Marion, Ohio, April 26, 1893:

Miss Julia Marlowe is to address the national woman's congress at the fair on the subject of "Women's Influence on the Stage."  This has caused nearly as much hubbub as the choice of Miss Rehan for the big silver statue. 

Miss Marlowe has experienced so much annoyance from adverse comments that she has almost regretted accepting the invitation, which was made after a brilliant month's engagement in Chicago.  Until this time she was unacquainted with the members of the committee, so it is fair to suppose that her merits as an actress won their favor and drew their attention to her at a time when they were casting about for a speaker on this subject, though some spiteful critics would make it look as if Miss Marlowe or her manager purchased or influenced the choice in some way. 

These critics belong to the class who are convinced that everything in any way connected with the woman's department of the big fair must go either by favor or by purchase, in spite of the fact that many of the managers are women of the highest culture, unlimited wealth and belong to the best society.  Brooklyn Eagle.

The Washington Post, February 13, 1907:

Social Gossip

A Budget of Interesting Personalities in the Realm of Fashion

St. Valentine's Day, on Thursday, will be signalized by an equally smart musical matinee at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York, in behalf of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Fund, the object of which is to complete the purchase of the house in Rome in which the poet Keats lived and died. 

Edmund Clarence Stedman, the poet banker, will preside.  Mrs. Francis L. Wellman, Miss Julia Marlowe, and Miss Beatrice Herford figure in the programme, while the committee in charge of the affair includes the Secretary of State and Mrs. Root, former President Cleveland, Baron Mayor des Planches, the Italian Ambassador to the United States, who has arranged to be present; Mrs. Douglas Robinson, Mrs. W. Bayard Cutting, Mrs. Frederick W. Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie.


The Washington Post, Friday, May 24, 1907:


Want Joan of Arc House

Sothern and Marlowe Would Save It and Give It to New York

Special Cable to the Washington Post - London, May 23 -

Learning that the house in the city of Orleans, in which Joan of Arc once lived, was to be demolished shortly, E. H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe have telegraphed to the mayor of Orleans offering to purchase it with a view of transferring it to New Yyork, where they will present it as a gift to Central Park.

The mayor has telegraphed in reply that he has laid the matter before the city council.


The Washington Post, Saturday, May 25, 1907:

Stars Favor Frohman

Sothern and Marlowe Let Manager Bid for Joan of Arc House

Special Cable to The Washington Post - London - May 24 -

E. H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe, who offered to buy of the city of Orleans a house in which Joan of Arc once lived, and which is about to be demolished, have withdrawn their offer in favor of Charles Frohman, who has also put in a bid for it.

They intended, if they obtained possession of the house, to ship it to New York and present it to Central Park.  Mr. Frohman intends to present it to Kensington Gardens, London.


The Washington Post, Monday, May 31, 1915:


Society and Noted Theatrical Fold to Aid Passengers Left in Need Abroad

Both the social and professional element of Washington are combining to make a memorable event of the benefit performance that is to be given at the Columbia Theater next week for people who lost their all when the Lusitania sank, many of whom were left really destitute, and are now objects of charity abroad.

Miss Julia Marlowe, the actress, will make her first public appearance at the benefit since her retirement from the stage on account of illness, eighteen months ago, and her contribution, it is believed, will be a selection from Shakespeare.  E. H. Sothern also will make his contribution, and, in addition, will read the last letter written by Charles Frohman before he sailed on the voyage that cost him his life.

Temple-Noyes Lodge, No. 32, F.A.A.M., with the consent and assistance of the author, will again present the amusing sketch, entitled "The Happy Edning," written by Philander Johnson, after Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, "Romeo & Juliet."  Mrs. Julian Brylawski, a prominent young artist, will sing, and Miss Eleanor Henry, the prima donna, and other members of the Columbia stock company will also appear.  One of the features will be moving pictures showing the Lusitania leaving the harbor of New York.


The Washington Post, Thursday, June 3, 1915:

The committee in charge of the Lusitania sufferers' Red Cross benefit, to be given at the Columbia Theatre, Friday afternoon, June 11, received renewed assurance yesterday from official sources of the need of immediate aid.  While prominence is given the rich and distinguished men and women who lost their lives in the disaster, but little has been said of the hundreds of women and children survivors who were left penniless.  This circumstance impelled E. H. Sothern and Miss Julia Marlowe to forego a trip for the benefit of Miss Marlowe's health in order to lend their talents for this undertaking.  The sale of seats for the benefit is now on at the Columbia box office.


The Washington Post, Sunday, June 6, 1915:

Lusitania Aid a Farewell

Mr. and Mrs. Sothern's Appearnce at the Benefit to Close Stage Careers

The announcement was made last night that when E. H. Sothern and Miss Julia Marlowe take part in the Lusitania relief benefit at the Columbua Theatre Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, their appearances will mark their farewell to the stage.  Mr. and Mrs. Sothern have been residing quietly in Washington for some time and have finally determined to lay aside professional work.  Miss Marlowe will recite "The Star Spangled Banner," at the benefit performance.

The purpose of Mr. and Mrs. Sothern to appear at the benefit comes through the fact that knowledge has reached them of the great amount of destitution that befell the steerage and other Lusitania passengers, who have been left husbandless, motherless, and penniless.

Miss Mabel Boardman, of the American Red Cross Society, also has received first hand information of many pathetic cases of people destitute in foreign and hostile countries through the disaster.

Mr. Sothern will read a remarkable letter from **Charles Frohman, which reached him a few days after Mr. Frohman had perished on the sinking ship.

**Mr. Charles Frohmann was the former manager of E. H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe.



The Washington Post, Sunday, August 29, 1915:

Women To Aid Defenses

Their Section of Navy League Will Call Conference in Memorial Hall

Leading Men and Women, Including Champ Clark, Von L. Meyer and Mrs. Belmont, Expected to Speak.

In an effort to impress Congress with the necessity of providing more adequate military defenses the women's section of the Navy League yesterday decided to hold a conference on the general subject of preparedness.  The meeting proably will be held on November 16, in Continental Memorial Hall, the national headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

All of the members of the organization will be invited to attend the conference, especially the members of the national and State committeees. There will be a general discussion of the work of the league, the means of defense favored and addresses by leading men and women who are recognized as leaders of the movement.

Among those who will be invited to speak are Speaker Clark, Representative A. P. Gardner, of Massachusetts; George von L. Meyer, Secretary of the Navy in the Taft Cabinet; the Rev. Lyman Abbott, Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont, Mrs. William Cumming Story, president general of the D.A. R.; Mrs. John A. Logan, Miss Julia Marlowe and others.

The women's section of the Navy League announced yesterday that its membership was now 15,000.

The Washington Post, Sunday, February 25, 1917:

A group of distinguished American men and women who have kindly feelings toward the theatre, have organized a new society called "The Photoplay League."  Its object is to unite the motion picture theater patrons of the United States into one great body for the support of the best pictures that can be produced.  Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson, E. H. Sothern, Julia Marlowe, Franklin H. Sargent, J. G. Phelps-Stokes, John Bates Clark, Edward T. Devine, Mrs. Potter Palmer, Charles Dana Gibson, Mrs. Simeon Ford, Frederick A. Stokes, Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, Frank La Salle, Mrs. James Speyer, Isaac N. Seligman, Mrs. Ogden Armour, Norman Hapgood, Waldo G. Morse and Cornelius Vanderbilt are members of the association.

The Washington Post, Wednesday, May 14, 1924:

Leading Actors and Men of Letters to Coordinate Interests

New York.  May 13 -

Organization of the Shakespeare Association of America was announced today.  Prof. Ashley H. Thorndike, of Columbia university, has been elected president.  Among the vice presidents are E. H. Sothern, Julia Marlowe, Walter Hampden, John Barrymore, Augustus Thomas, Brander Matthews, Prof. J. M. Manly, of Chicago; Prof. George P. Baker, of Harvard, and Prof. C. M. Gayley, of California.

The association's purpose is the coordination of the Shakespeare interests of America on the stage, in colleges and among private readers.  Members have been enrolled from 30 States and 3 foreign countries.