BURIED TOGETHER

Partner Glesca Marshall

Queer Places:
J.W. Woodruff, Sr. House, 1817 Stark Ave, Columbus, GA 31906, Stati Uniti
Parkhill Cemetery, 4161 Macon Rd, Columbus, GA 31907, Stati Uniti

'''Emily Woodruff''' (February 19, 1913 – February 21, 1994) theatrical benefactor and main patron of the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia.

Emily Woodruff was born on February 19, 1913, in Columbus, Georgia, the daughter of James Waldo Woodruff (1879–1963) and Ethel Illges (1886–1990). She was a relative of Coca-Cola Company President Robert W. Woodruff.[1]

In 1934 Woodruff married Hume Cronyn, though they never lived together and Woodruff insisted the marriage remain a secret. They divorced in 1936.[2] [3] Before moving with her longtime partner, Glesca Marshall (1906-1987), Alla Nazimova's former partner, Woodruff was married with a second man. She left her second husband and moved in with Marshall one year after Nazimova's death. They rented an apartment in Hollywood for a few years, then moved to Columbus.[4]

Woodruff was a theatrical benefactor and main patron of the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia, and the main hall of the opera house is named after her, "Emily Woodruff Hall".[5] [6] Founded in 1871, the Springer ranked as one of the few standing theatres in America but later it became a movie house. Vacant in 1959, it faced demolition. In 1964, a group of citizens led by Glesca Marshall and Emily Woodruff helped renovate the Springer.[7]

Woodruff died on February 21, 1994, and is buried together with Marshall at Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia.


  1. ^ cite web|title=Alla Nazimova’s Iconic 1923 ‘Salome’ Wig Discovered in a Trunk in Georgia|url=http://www.allanazimova.com/2015/03/alla_nazimovas_iconic_1923_salome_wig_discovered_in_ga/|website=allanazimova|accessdate=24 January 2018
  2. ^ cite web|title=Hume Cronyn|url=https://www.accuracyproject.org/cbe-Cronyn,Hume.html|website=Accuracy Project|accessdate=24 January 2018
  3. ^ cite web|title=Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy papers, 1885-2007|url=http://findingaids.loc.gov/db/search/xq/searchMfer02.xq?_id=loc.mss.eadmss.ms003013&_faSection=overview&_faSubsection=bioghist&_dmdid=d26211e19|website=Library of Congress|accessdate=24 January 2018
  4. ^ cite book|last1=Lambert|first1=Gavin|title=Nazimova: a biography|date=1997|publisher=Alfred A. Knopf|page=11|url=https://books.google.it/books?id=fDFaAAAAMAAJ|accessdate=24 January 2018
  5. ^ cite book|title=Georgia-Atlanta Economic Indicators: Quarterly report, Volumes 9-10|date=2003|publisher=Georgia Department of Labor, Workforce Information and Analysis|page=25|url=https://books.google.it/books?id=Qi9YAAAAYAAJ|accessdate=24 January 2018
  6. ^ cite web|title=Photo: “View of Emily Woodruff Hall at the Springer Opera House from a box seat.”|url=https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g34859-d103686-i133190359-Springer_Opera_House-Columbus_Georgia.html|website=tripadvisor|accessdate=24 January 2018
  7. ^ cite book|title=Building Operating Management, Volume 28|date=1981|publisher=Trade Press Publishing Company|page=44|url=https://books.google.it/books?id=9V0sAQAAMAAJ|accessdate=24 January 2018