Spelvin, George


Spelvin, George
   This name is believed to have first appeared in the cast list of Charles A. Gardner's Karl the Peddler (1886), but it owes its long life to Winchell Smith. In the 1907 production of Smith and Byron Ongley's Brewster's Millions, this false name is given to a mysterious character and Smith used the name in several subsequent plays to keep the identity of similar characters a secret from the audience. "George Spelvin" is often employed in theatrical programs by male actors playing more than one role or who, for whatever reason, wish to be anonymous. Actresses have used the name "Georgia" or "Georgina" Spelvin for similar purposes. A director wishing to disguise his identity typically adopts the pseudonym Alan Smithee.

The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Spelvin, George — ▪ theatrical conventional name       U.S. theatrical convention used in the credits commonly to conceal dual roles or for a corpse or other anthropomorphic props. Spelvin first “appeared” on Broadway in the cast list of Charles A. Gardiner s Karl …   Universalium

  • George Spelvin — George Spelvin, Georgette Spelvin, and Georgina Spelvin are the traditional pseudonyms used in programs in American theater by actors who don t want to be credited or whose names would otherwise appear twice because they are playing more than one …   Wikipedia

  • Spelvin — Georgina Spelvin (geboren als Michelle Graham; * 1. März 1936 in Texas, USA) ist eine US amerikanische Pornodarstellerin. Sie war in den 1970er Jahren der Star des Films The Devil in Miss Jones, der als einer der ersten Arthouse Pornos gilt.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • George Spelvin — John Chapman …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Georgina Spelvin — (1936 ) Patronyme Michelle Graham Surnom Shelley Abels, Claudia Clitoris, Tia Von Davis, Dorothy May, Merle Miller, Ruth Raymond, Georgette …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Georgina Spelvin — Nombre real Michelle Graham Nacimiento 1 de marzo de 1936 (75 años) Houston, Texas Otros nombres …   Wikipedia Español

  • Georgina Spelvin — Born Texas, U.S. Alias(es) Shelley Abels, Claudia Clitoris, Tia Von Davis, Dorothy May, Merle Miller, Ruth Raymond, Georgette Spelvin, Ona Tural Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) Weight 118 lb (54 kg; 8.4 st) …   Wikipedia

  • Georgina Spelvin — (geboren als Michelle Graham; * 1. März 1936 in Texas, USA) ist eine US amerikanische Pornodarstellerin. Sie war in den 1970er Jahren der Star des Films The Devil in Miss Jones, der als einer der ersten Arthouse Pornos gilt. Weitere Pseudonyme… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • The Devil in Miss Jones — Not to be confused with 1941 comedy film The Devil and Miss Jones. The Devil in Miss Jones Theatrical release poster Directed by …   Wikipedia

  • List of fictional actors — Fictional stories sometimes feature a fictional movie or play. In these cases, occasionally, a fictional actor appears. In movies, it is not infrequent that a real, famous actor plays the role of a fictional person who is also an actor. TOC… …   Wikipedia