Emily Bancker (died June 4, 1897) was an actress in theater from
New York Citywho was active in the late 19th century. She made her first appearance on stage at the age of fifteen ina melodramaentitled "The Pavements of Paris". Her rise as an entertainer in comedy stage was meteoric. ["Announcements", Lincoln, NebraskaEvening News, January 16, 1897, pg. 5.]
Her second performance as an actress was in the company of Sol Smith Russell, which she remained with for a single season. She left the
troupefollowing their production of "Voyage en Suisse". She met her future husband, Thomas W. Ryley, while acting in this play. She acted with Rosina Vokes in "slender roles" ["Theatres", New York Times, March 28, 1897, pg. 23.] forseveral seasons before joining Charles Frohman's comedy company. With this group she played one of the widows in the Bisson-Carre-Gillette farce, "Mr. Wilkinson's Widows" (1891). Bancker was paired with George Drew Barrymore who played a bigamistwho was married to two different women in two cities at the same moment. Her character was married previously some years before according to the story. A reviewer for the New York Timescommented on how young Bancker looked. ["Amusements", New York Times, August 28, 1891, pg. 4.] Afterward she performed roles in such plays as "The Junior Partner", "His Wedding Day", and "Gloriana".
Her final appearance in New York City came in a farce entitled "Our Flat", staged at the Murray Hill Theatre on April 3, 1897."Emily Bancker", New York Times, June 5, 1897, pg. 7.] A few days later she was in
Syracuse, New Yorkin "A Divorce Cure" by Victorien Sardou. The entertainment was produced at the Bastable Theatre. ["Amusements", Syracuse Daily Standard, April 6, 1897, pg. 7.]
Bancker died following a brief illness in 1897. She was visiting an aunt in
Albany, New Yorkwith Ryley, when she became ill.
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