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ebooth_myhamlet: December 25, 1938: Famous Tragedian’s Heir Dies in Home of Her Son at the Age of 77 Years

New York Times
Published: December 26, 1938

Mrs. Crossman, 77, Booth’s Daughter

Famous Tragedian’s Heir Dies in Home of Her Son at the Age of 77 Years


Mrs. Edwina Booth Crossman, only daughter of Edwin Booth, died suddenly yesterday at the age of 77 in the home of her son, Edwon Booth Grossman at the Holley Chambers, 33 Washington Square.

Although interested for many years in social and charitable affairs, Mrs. Crossman had not been active for some time before her death. Her children and grandchildren had carried on in her stead, perpetuating the memory of her illustrious father. At every event relating to the great tragedian his daughter always was remembered. When members of The Players, to whom Edwin Booth gave his dwellin at 16 Gramercy Park as a clubhouse, honored the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1933, Mrs. Crossman was unable to be present, but a bunch of red and white roses was sent to her through her grandchildren, who represented her on the occasion.

It was to Mrs. Crossman that Edwin Booth gave the first recording of his voice back in 1888. Members of the family were not certain yesterday whether these rare discs, of fragile construction, were still in existence. It is believed that these records registered many of Mr. Booth’s famous Shakesperean parts.

In 1895 Mrs. Crossman published a book of letters she had received from her father during the most interesting periods of his colorful life. These letters gave the reader a keen insight into his rare personality and genius.
Mrs. Crossman was born in Fulham, England, on Dec. 9, 1861 during one of her father’s stage tours there. Her family came to the United States early in her life. She was educated at the Sacred Heart Convent in Philadelphia.

On Mar. 15, 1885, she became Mrs. Grossman, her husband being a banker of New York and Boston. Two children were born to them, both of whom survive. They are Edwin Booth Grossman and Mrs. Mildred Booth Tilton of Pasadena, Calif. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Edwina Booth Waterbury and Edwin Booth Waterbury, children of Mrs. Tilton, and Lois Fellowes Grossman.

Mrs. Crossman changed her name from Grossman for patriotic reasons during the World War.