Nance O'Neil (aka Nancy O'Neil; October 8, 1874 – February 7, 1965) was an American actress of stage and silent cinema of the early 20th century, dubbed the American Bernhardt.

O'Neil was born in Oakland, California, as Gertrude Lamson to George Lamson and Arre Findley. When she decided to become an actress, her religious father, an auctioneer, denounced his daughter in church for going on the stage and asked the congregation to pray for her.

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An actress must be a woman whose emotional perceptions are true, and to make them so, she must have a fine contempt for any art or thought that betrays them for something false.
Nance O'Neil (1874-1965), U.S. actor. As quoted in Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage, vol. 2, by William C. Young (1975). From an article first published in Theatre magazine in 1920.
... actresses require protection in their art from blind abuse, from savage criticism. Their work is their religion, if they are seeking the best in their art, and to abuse that faith is to rob them, to dishonor them.
Nance O'Neil (1874-1965), U.S. actor. As quoted in Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage, vol. 2, by William C. Young (1975). From an article first published in Theatre magazine in 1920.
Tradition has made women cowardly.
Nance O'Neil (1874-1965), U.S. actor. As quoted in Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage, vol. 2, by William C. Young (1975). From an article first published in Theatre magazine in 1920.

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