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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.
Henry DeMille achieved fame as a playwright in the latter part of the 19th-century, but their productions and popularity did not survive beyond the early years of the 20th-century. He was the father of two well-known sons--C.B. DeMille, a playwright and motion picture director and producer, and William Churchill DeMille, a playwright and writer, director, and producer of motion pictures.