Woman of the Century/Georgia Cayvan
CAYVAN, Miss Georgia, actor, born in Maine, in 1858. Her childhood was passed in Boston, Mass., where she was educated mainly in the public schools. She early showed fine musical and elocutionary talents, and her friends encouraged and assisted her in developing both. At an early age she began to make use of her elocutionary gifts. She gave readings and recitations in New England lyceums, and her ambition was to become an elocutionist. After some experience she went to the Boston School of Oratory, from which institution she was graduated with honors. In 1879, on 14th April, she made her operatic debut as Hebe in "Pinafore," with the Boston Ideal Opera Company, in the Boston Theater, and scored a success. She made her debut in drama on 10th May, 1879, in the same theater, as Sally Scraggs in "Sketches in India." She was brought to the notice of Steele Mackaye in 1880, and he chose her a member of his Madison Square Theater model stock company. On 7th May, 1880, she made her debut in New York as Dolly Dutton in "Hazel Kirke," and in 1881 she became the " Hazel " of that play, scoring an instant triumph, and then traveled with one of the Madison Square companies until 18S2. Early in 1882 she appeared in the memorable production of the Greek tragedy "Antigone" and in the Greek play "Œdipus Tyrannus." in the Boston Glolie Theater and in Booth's Theater in New York. on 3rd April. 1882, she appeared as the original Liza in "The White Slave." in Haverly's Fourteenth Street Theater in New York, and on 18th September, 1882, as the original Lura, in America, in "The Romany Rye," in Booth's Theater in New York, both special engagements. She played a successful season with the California Theater stock company, after several years with the Madison Square company. She then played with A. M. Palmer's company, and then returned to the Madison Square Company. When Daniel Frohman organized, in New York, the Lyceum Theater stock company, in 1887, he selected Miss Cayvan as leading lady. She appeared in the Lyceum in "The Wife," in "Sweet Lavender," in " The Charity Ball." in "The Idler." in "Nerves," in "Old Heads and Young Hearts," and in "Squire Kate." She is still leading lady in the Lyceum company. Miss Cayvan is a hard worker and a thorough student. Her career has been one of steady growth in her art, and she now ranks among the foremost in her profession. Her home is in New York City with her mother and sister. In social life she is as charming as on the stage. She is now (1892) taking a long vacation and is traveling in Japan and other oriental lands.