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Ellis, Charles, CHARLES ELLIS, 83, ARTIST AND ACTOR - Charles Ellis, a painter and former actor, died Thursday in Pittsfield (Mass.) General Hospital. He was 83 years old and lived with his wife, the former Norma Millay, actress and sister of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the poet, at Steepletop, an art colony in Austerlitz, N.Y. Mr. Ellis, an abstractionist, had exhibited work in one-man shows at the Montross Gallery here and the Albany Institute of Art. He studied at Ohio State University and the Art Students’ League here. His art instructors included Robert Henri and John Sloan. After having been a scenic artist for the Provincetown Players, he turned to acting. He performed in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Rope” and “The Moon of Caribbees” and portrayed Eben Cabot in “Desire Under the Elms” in 1924 at the Greenwich Village Theater. Mr. Ellis acted in the 1932 revival of’ “Show Boat”, Maxwell Anderson’s “Valley Forge” in 1934 and “Key Largo” in 1939. In the 1940’s he appeared here in “The Eve of St. Mark,” "Joan of Lorraine” and “Anne of the Thousand Days.” He leaves his wife. (New York Times, March 13, 1976).
Ellis, Norma Millay, Norma Millay Ellis, 92 - Arts Colony Founder - Norma Millay Ellis, a sister of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the founder of the Millay Colony for the Arts, died Wednesday at Steepletop, the Millay farm in Austerlitz, N.Y. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Ellis, born in Rockland, Me., was an actress and singer who appeared with the Provincetown Players and on Broadway. She had lived since 1950 at Steepletop, the 650-acre farm where her sister had lived from 1925 until her death in 1950. The farm, named after a pink, conical wildflower that grows there, had been declared a National Historic Landmark. She was married to Charles Ellis, a painter and actor who died 10 years ago. Mrs. Ellis took care of her sister’s literary papers and, in the early 1970’s, founded the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, in upstate New York, for writers, painters, sculptors, poets and dramatists. She was also the president of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society and editor of Its literary magazine, Tamarack. There are no survivors. Memorial services are pending. (New York Times, May 16, 1986).
Emery, Gerald C., WARREN [ME] -- Gerald C. Emery, 59, died Tuesday [8/28/84] while en route to Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport. He was the husband of Alice Kenniston Emery, to whom he had been married for 34 years. Born in Wilton, he was a son of William and Denise Dyer Emery. Mr. Emery was a self-employed burner and furnace salesman and maintenance person. He came here 34 years ago. He was a member of Warren Baptist Church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman. Survivors include his wife of Warren; a son, Dennis of Union; a daughter, Deborah E. Bennett of Somersworth, N.H.; three brothers, Owen Emery of Franklin, Mass., Robert Emery of Warren and Frank Emery of Kittery; a sister, Mrs. Clarence (Mildred) Cahoon of Sandwich, Mass., and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Warren Baptist Church. The Revs. William Renwick and Sterling Helmer will officiate. Burial will be in Leonard Cemetery.
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