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David Belasco
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Born (1853-07-25)July 25, 1853
Died May 14, 1931(1931-05-14) (aged 77)
Occupation Theatrical producer, director, playwright
Years active 1884 to 1930
Known for Belasco Theatre; Pioneer of modern stage lighting and stage effects; stage naturalism
Notable credit(s)
Madame Butterfly
Cecilia Loverich
(m. 1873; her death 1926)
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David Belasco (July 25, 1853 – May 14, 1931) was an American theatrical producer, impresario, director, and playwright. He was the first writer to adapt the short story Madame Butterfly for the stage, and he launched the theatrical career of many actors, including James O'Neill, Mary Pickford, Lenore Ulric and Barbara Stanwyck. Belasco pioneered many innovative new forms of stage lighting and special effects in order to create realism and naturalism.

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