Doris Keane(1881–1945) was an American actress.
Her first professional role was in Whitewashing Julia in 1903. This was a small role but she went on to play leading roles in The Happy Marriage in 1909 and The Lights o' London in 1911.
In 1913, she played Margherita Cavallini in Edward Sheldon's Romance. Her leading man in this long running play was William Courtenay who played the part of a priest. Sheldon had originally offered the male lead to his friend John Barrymore. Barrymore turned it down preferring to still do comedies. Sheldon reportedly fell in love with her and yearned for her all his life. She played this part in America and Europe for the next five years and returned in revivals regularly during the 1920s. In 1920, she made a silent film of Romance distributed by the then newly formed United Artists. Her male lead in the film was Norman Trevor. She also played Catherine the Great in Czarina in 1922 after Sheldon had revised the play especially for her.
She married the much younger actor Basil Sydney in 1918; they divorced in 1925. She had one child, Ronda Keane, born in Cannes, France in 1915. Ronda's father was the financier Howard Gould. He acknowledged his paternity but never married Doris. Ronda married Dr Carl Muschenheim, a New York based thoracic specialist, in 1951.
Doris Keane was an avid reader, leaving behind an extensive library including The Upanishads. She was a favorite subject for artists of the day, among them the sculptor Jacob Epstein and the portraitist De Laszlo. There are at least two Royal Dalton figurines of her, one holding the monkey that was part of the 'Romance' play. She died in 1945 and was cremated; she is buried on Martha's Vineyard .
- Doris Keane at Internet Movie Database
- Doris Keane at the Internet Broadway Database
- Doris Keane photo at NYP Library
- Doris Keane portrait at the Univ of Louisville, Macauley's Theatre collection
- Doris Keane and Jacob Ben-Ami in 1924 portrait
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