Illington-Bowes, Margaret

BORN 23 Jul 1879, Bloomington, Illinois - DIED 11 Mar 1934, Miami Beach, Florida
REAL NAME Light, Maude Ellen
GRAVE LOCATION Sleepy Hollow, New York: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 540 North Broadway

Margaret Illington was born as Maude Ellen Light in Bloomington, Illinois. She was educated at Illinois Wesleyan University and Conway's Dramatic School in Chicago. She moved to New York to start a stage career and there she worked for theatre manager Daniel Frohman, adopting the name Margaret Illington, where Illington was a combination of Bloomington and Illinois. On 3 Sep 1900 she debuted in "The Pride of Jennico" at the Criterion Theatre. In November 1903 she married Frohman, who was 28 years her senior.

In 1908 there were rumours in the press that her busy career was damaging her health and in February 1909 is became clear that she and Grohman were heading towards a divorce. She told the press that she wanted a domestic life with children instead of a stage career. A few days after the divorce in November 1909 she married Major Edward J. Bowes. She didn't retire from the stage. Bowes moved from real estate development to the entertainment industry and in 1911 he produced the Broadway play "Kindling", starring his wife. They had no children.

She died in 1934 and her husband was buried by her side at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York. Her portrait was painted by Adolfo Müller-Ury.


The grave of Edward Bowes and Margaret Illington at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Picture by Androom (15 Apr 2008)


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