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Louise Hale



Louise Closser Hale (October 13, 1872 – July 26, 1933) was an American actress, playwright, and novelist.
Born Louise Closser in Chicago, Illinois, she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston, Massachusetts. She made her theatrical debut in Detroit, Michigan in an 1884 production of In Old Kentucky. Her first theatrical success came in 1903, when she appeared in a Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's Candida. In 1907, she made her London debut in Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.
In 1899, Closser married artist and actor Walter Hale, whose name she used for her stage career, and who illustrated a number of her travel books. At the age of fifty-seven, after her husband's early death from cancer in 1917, she left the stage for Hollywood.
Closser had a parallel career as an author and playwright, starting in the first decade of the 20th century. She died in Los Angeles, California at the age of sixty-one, of heat prostration. She had just recently finished filming the classic film Dinner at Eight.