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Although he was born in Massachusetts while his mother was on vacation, Cecil B. DeMille grew up in Washington and always claimed North Carolina as his home. McAffee recounts his successes as a movie director and producer.
The development of the dramatic arts in North Carolina has been quite interesting. Beginning with the Gifford Strolling Players as early as 1780s, North Carolina has been the home to many actors and movie stars. In 1793 New Bern vied for theatrical preeminence with the first theatrical performance given by pupils of the North Carolina school. Theatrical excellence continued in men such as John Augustin Daly, noted playwright and produce, born in Plymouth, and William Churchill DeMille, playwright, born in Washington.