Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anne Duane -- No Money + No Friends = The Exit

Unable to sustain herself by playing small roles like the maid in the vaudeville act "Cave-Man Love" at the Wintergreen Theatre in 1921, the 19-year-old actress ingested six bichloride of mercury tablet in the restroom of the Pennsylvania Station in New York City on July 3, 1922.  When asked by a physician why she did not tell her friends at the scene of the poisoning, Duane replied, "When you have no money in the theatrical business you have no friends."  Destitute, the actress had not eaten for four days at the time of her suicide attempt.  Duane died on July 8, 1922.  With monies jointly contributed by an actress-friend and the Actors' Fund, Duane was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery.

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