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Hampden, Walter

(WALTER HAMPDEN DOUGHERTY) (1870-1955). Noted American actor who joined the Theosophical Society (TS) on June 6, 1911. He married Mabel Moore in 1905. In 1906 he played Hamlet in London to great critical acclaim and in 1923 he revived Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, a play long associated with his name. In 1918 he gave up lucrative engagements to play the title role in The Light of Asia at Krotona, then the headquarters of the TS in the U.S. He died in Los Angeles, California, on June 11, 1955.

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