Julia Hoyt

Julia Hoyt, in a 1920 portrait by Emil Otto Hoppé, as published in a 1922 issue of Tattler magazine

Julia Hoyt (September 15, 1897 – October 31, 1955) was an American actress on stage and in silent films.

Early life

Julia Wainwright Robbins was born in 1897, the daughter of Julian W. Robbins and Sarah G. Jewett Robbins. Her grandfather Hugh J. Jewett was president of the Erie Railroad and a congressman from Ohio.


Julia Robbins performed on stage as a debutante, in charity entertainments.[1] Films she appeared in included The Wonderful Thing (1921) with Norma Talmadge, The Man Who Found Himself (1925), and Camille (1926). During World War I, she lent her image and name to a American Red Cross campaign for the employment of disabled veterans.[2]

On Broadway,[3] she was in a revival of The Squaw Man (1921) by Edwin Milton Royle,[4] Rose Briar (1922–23) by Booth Tarkington, The Virgin of Bethulia (1925) by Gladys Buchanan Unger, The School for Scandal (1925), The Pearl of Great Price (1926), The Dark (1927), Mrs. Dane's Defense (1928), Within the Law (1928) by Bayard Veiller, Sherlock Holmes (1928), Serena Blandish (1929), The Rhapsody (1930) by Louis K. Anspacher, The Wiser they Are (1931), and Hay Fever (1931–32) by Noel Coward, with Constance Collier.

Her fashion business, "Julia Hoyt Modes", designed dresses and coats sold in department stores across the United States. She wrote syndicated articles about etiquette and fashion.[5][6] In 1924, she wrote a series of reports from a European trip for the Bridgeport Post.[7]

Personal life

Julia Hoyt was considered a great beauty,[8] and sat for portraits by Paul Helleu, Neysa McMein (for the cover of McCall's in May 1923), John Singer Sargent and Carl Van Vechten.[9][10][11]

Julia Robbins was married three times, first to lawyer Lydig Hoyt in 1914, as his second wife, when she was seventeen years old.[12] They had two children who died in infancy,[13] and divorced in 1924.[14] She later wed actor Louis Calhern in 1927, the same year they co-starred in The Dark on Broadway; she divorced him in 1932. Finally in 1935 she wed motion picture executive Aquila C. Giles.[13]

Hoyt had several health problems in the late 1930s, including pneumonia while at sea in 1935,[15] and a lasting chest infection that necessitated the removal of ribs.[16] Julia Hoyt Giles died in 1955, from a heart attack, aged 58 years.[17]


  1. "Miss Julia Robbins to Wed Lydig Hoyt" New York Times (March 25, 1914).
  2. Mrs. Lydig Hoyt, "Woman's Vital Duty in the Work of Upbuilding our Disabled Soldiers" South Bend News-Times (September 5, 1918): 9.
  3. Ruth Waterbury, "Merely 'Julia Hoyt' of Broadway" Detroit Free Press (December 17, 1922): 100. via Newspapers.com
  4. "Mrs. Lydig Hoyt Makes Stage Debut with Faversham in 'The Squaw Man'" Sacramento Union (December 18, 1921): 25.
  5. "Good Etiquette is Worth the Time and Trouble to Achieve, is Viewpoint of Mrs. Hoyt" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (January 13, 1924): 55.
  6. "Julia Hoyt Says Chic is Instinct" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (June 22, 1930): 58.
  7. "Take a Little Jaunt to Europe with Julia Hoyt" Bridgeport Telegram (July 4, 1924): 9. via Newspapers.com
  8. "Julia Hoyt Loses in Beauty Contest to her Double in 'Half Moon Inn'" Columbia Spectator (February 26, 1925): 1.
  9. John Singer Sargent, "Mrs. Lydig Hoyt (Julia Wainwright Robbins)" (drawing, 1920), National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
  10. A 1933 portrait of Julia Hoyt, by Carl Van Vechten, in Yale University's Beinecke Library Digital Collections.
  11. McCall's Magazine (May 1923), cover by Neysa McMein.
  12. "Miss Julia Robbins Marries Lydig Hoyt" New York Times (June 4, 1914).
  13. 1 2 "Ex-Actress Julia Hoyt Dies at 58" Corpus Christi Caller-Times (November 1, 1955): 21. via Newspapers.com
  14. "The Lydig Hoyts' 'Amiable' Love Wreck" Ogden Standard-Examiner (September 7, 1924): 22. via Newspapers.com
  15. "Noted Beauty Gravely Ill on Sea Voyage" Fresno Bee (May 22, 1935): 1. via Newspapers.com
  16. "Julia Hoyt Loses Ribs" Wilkes-Barre Evening News (June 4, 1937): 23. via Newspapers.com
  17. "Julia Hoyt, Film and Stage Beauty, Dead" Chicago Tribune (November 1, 1955).

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