Elizabeth Crocker Bowers Edit Profile
She was also known professionally as Mrs. D. P. Bowers.
In 1846, she appeared in the character of Amanthis at the Park Theatre in New York City, New York. She appeared as Donna Victoria in A Bold Stroke for a Husband at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.
She became very popular at the Arch Street Theatre, and made Philadelphia her home until her husband's death in 1857. In December 1857, after a period of retirement from the stage, she leased the Walnut Street Theatre and retained its management until 1859. She then leased the Philadelphia Academy of Music for a short dramatic season. and traveled to London.
She made a great success as "Julia" in The Hunchback at the Sadler's Wells Theatre and "Geraldine D'Arcy" in Woman (play) at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Returning to New York City in 1863, she played for a time at the Winter Garden (now demolished). Among her favorite roles were Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Marie Antoinette, and Lady Audley.
Her subsequent retirement in Philadelphia was interrupted by a return to the stage in October 1886 for several years. She organized a new dramatic company, and visited the principal cities of the U.S., playing many of her old and favorite characters. Under A. M. Palmer's management she appeared in Lady Windermere's Fan (1893), and later she was a supporting actress for Rose Coghlan and Olga Nethersole.
She was buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Member stock company of Arch Street Theatre, Philadelphia, 1853-1857.
Married David P. Bowers, March 4, 1847. Married second, Doctor.; married 3d, James C. McCollum, January 20, 1883.