Edna Cobelentz, art collector (aka Jacques Marchais)

Edna Cobelentz was born Jacques Marchais, (1887-1948). She was named Jacques by her father. He did not feminize the family name. She became an actress in her youth and used the name Edna to avoid confusion. She supported her mother on her earnings as an actress, her father died when she was quite young. In 1916, after a failed marriage and 3 children, she moved to NYC and began using her original name in her acting career. While in New York, she surrounded herself with a circle of friends that shared a common interest in art, spirituality and Buddhism. In… Read More

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