Mary van Buren

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Mary van Buren (1867-1916) was an American born actress


Born Mary Van Buren Haynes, the daughter of Col. John L Haynes and Angelica Irene Wells Haynes, on 24 July, 1867 in Austin, Texas, and went on to become what describes as "an international actress" under the name Mary van Buren. In the early years of the 20th century (1903-4) she apparently undertook a tour of America (1901-2?) and the British colonies (e.g. India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, 1903-4) with the Frawley Company.

She was twice married, to John A Jeffery in 1887 and to Peter Charles Ernest Paul (1874–1920) in 1908, and passed away on 13 March, 1916, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She appeared in South Africa in 1904 as a leading actress for the Frawley Company, playing the leads opposite Daniel Frawley during their year long tour of the country, inter alia in Madame Sans-Gêne (Sardou and Moreau), The Girl I Left Behind Me () and In Mizzouri ().


D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.

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