Julian Eltinge

Julian Eltinge (May 14, 1881 – March 7, 1941), born William Julian Dalton, was an American stage and film actor and female impersonator. After appearing in the Boston Cadets Revue at the age of ten in feminine garb, Eltinge garnered notice from other producers and made his first appearance on Broadway in 1904. As his star began to rise, he appeared in vaudeville and toured Europe and the United States, even giving a command performance before King Edward VII. Eltinge appeared in a series of musical comedies written specifically for his talents starting in 1910 with The Fascinating Widow, returning to vaudeville in 1918. His popularity soon earned him the moniker "Mr. Lillian Russell" for the popular beauty and musical comedy star.

Hollywood beckoned Eltinge and in 1917 he appeared in his first feature film, The Countess Charming. This led to other films, including 1918's The Isle of Love with Rudolph Valentino and Virginia Rappe. By the time Eltinge arrived in Hollywood, he was considered one of the highest paid actors on the American stage; but with the arrival of the Great Depression and the death of vaudeville, Eltinge's star began to fade. He continued his show in nightclubs but found little success. He died in 1941 following a show at a New York City nightclub.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 14, 1881 (Massachusetts), Died March 7, 1941 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1916

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, tenor vocal

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Trial 1913-08-01-02] Not documented 8/1/1913 In my dream of you Julian Eltinge Male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1916-09-09-01] Not documented 9/9/1916 Eat and grow thin Julian Eltinge Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Columbia 39715 10-in. 12/23/1914 In my dream of you George Wilton [i.e., George Wilton Ballard] Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 3040 10-in. between 5/18/1914 and 5/19/1914 In my dream of you Elizabeth Spencer ; Walter Van Brunt Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 3041 10-in. between 5/18/1914 and 5/19/1914 In my dream of you Elizabeth Spencer ; Walter Van Brunt Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Eltinge, Julian," accessed October 5, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116281.

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