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VANDENHOFF, George, actor, born in England, 18 February, 1820. He first appeared on the stage as Leon in " Rule a Wife and Have a Wife" at the Covent Garden theatre, London, on 14 October, 1839. In the summer of 1842 he came to the United States, appearing at the Park theatre, New York, as Hamlet, on 21 September After a successful career he retired from the stage in November, 1856, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1858, but devoted himself chiefly to public readings and the teaching of elocution in the cities of the United States and also in England, making New York city his ordinary residence. He was the author of "A Plain System of Elocution," which was republished under the title of " The Art of Elocution" (New York, 1846); "Dramatic Reminiscences, or Actors and Actresses in England and America" (London, 1859); "Leaves from an Actor's NoteBook, with Reminiscences and Chit-Chat of the Greenroom and the Stage in England and America" (1860); "Clerical Assistant, or Elocutionary Guide" (1862) ; and "A Lady's Reader, with Rules for reading Aloud" (1862). His wife, whom he married in Boston on 20 August, 1855, was, as Miss Makeath, successful on the stage in the role of Julia in "The Hunchback," and in other characters, making her first appearance in Philadelphia on 25 December, 1854. She finally retired from the stage, and gave dramatic instruction in New York until her death in 1883.
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