from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Held in good grace or esteem; viewed with favor; popular.


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  • Edmond La Grange told me once that a great actor must be in possession of “energy, an athletic voice, a well-graced manner, some unusually fascinating originality of temperament; vitality, certainly, and an ability to convey an impression of beauty or ugliness as the part demands, as well as authority and a sense of style.”

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • As a successor and a former actor myself, I am only too aware of what William Shakespeare wrote in "Richard II," "In the eyes of men, after a well-graced actor leaves the stage are idly bent on him that enters next; Thinking his prattle to be tedious."

    The Stratford Experience

  • A general acclamation and clapping of hands, like that by which a crowded theatre approves of some well-graced performer, followed this feat of dexterity.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • He gave himself to the crowd, as a well-graced actor gives himself to the house when it applauds him.

    The Black Colonel

  • The well-graced actor who leaves no perceptible record of his genius has a decided advantage over the mere orator.

    Ponkapog Papers.

  • She died before the troubles began, the strife and contention in which her well-graced son, the poet, the dreamer of all things beautiful and cultured, the author of the glancing, tripping measure --

    Obiter Dicta Second Series

  • Had he not talked to her, as great men will talk to the young and charming women whose flatteries soften their defeats; so that, from the wings, she had seen almost the last of that well-graced actor, caught his last gestures and some of his last words?

    A Great Success

  • But even this is to be read not ungracefully by a well-graced reader.


  • He spoke his lines admirably, grouped himself (if the Hibernianism be permissible) excellently, and showed himself in every sense a well-graced actor.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, February 18, 1893

  • When a well-graced actor has left the stage amid trumpeted farewells from an admiring but regretful audience, we somewhat resent his occasional later reappearance.


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