Templeton, Fay

BORN 25 Dec 1865, Little Rock, Arkansas - DIED 3 Oct 1939, San Francisco, California
GRAVE LOCATION Valhalla, New York: Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue (Actors' Fund)

Daughter of a comical actor and an actress. From a very early age she could be found on the stage and by the time she was fifteen she sang in light operas. She ran of with Billy West, a young performer, but they separated after six weeks.

In 1885 she first appeared in a revival of "Evangeline" and this version ran for 201 performances. In 1887 she started living with the broker Charles J. Osborne. With him she lived in England and she toured the continent .

She appeared at the 14th Street Theatre in "Hendrik Hudson" in 1890 and by that year she had her own opera company, starring in operettas. The last years of the 19th century she acted in Music Hall shows. Around 1901 she married industrialist William Patterson and she retired from the stage.

In 1911 she made her return when a Jubilee tour with the old Mjusic Hall starts was organised. In 1913 she retired again, but in 1925 she once more made her return in a show with actors from the past. After her husband died in 1932 she was forced to act for a living. But she starred suffering from arthritis and soon she was without money and she entered the Actors’ Fund Home in New Jersey. She moved to San Francisco to live with a relative and there she died in 1939. She was buried at the Actors' Fund Plot at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla.


The grave of Fay Templeton and Wendy Barrie at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla.
Picture by Androom (11 Apr 2010)


Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fay_Templeton

Tenré, Henry

Published: 17 Oct 2010
Last update: 25 Feb 2022