Fame and relationships The following year he traveled to New York, then to Arizona and California, where he worked in several theater productions. After traveling in Europe for a while, returned to New York and became a Broadway star in several plays, including Not So Long Ago (1920) by Arthur Richman, and Liliom (1921), Ferenc Moln r. Disillusioned by the state of commercial theater in the twenties, Eva founded the Civic Repertory Theater in New York, with financial support from one of his lovers, Alice DeLamar, an heiress of natural gold mines of Colorado, whose support was instrumental in the success of the repertory theater movement in America. In 1928 he composed the performance of his life in Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen, in which he demonstrated a great talent. The Civic Rep disbanded during the Great Depression in 1935. Eva never hid his homosexuality within the community of actors, although he said that he was not comfortable with his sexuality, struggling privately with her. In the old Hollywood and the interpretive circle, lesbianism was common and, although generally not publicly disclosed, was accepted in the scenes. In 1918, being in Hollywood, began an affair with the great actress Alla Nazimova, which ended probably jealous of the latter. Later, about 1920, was associated with writer Mercedes de Acosta. He also had sex for a while with actress Tallulah Bankhead. His only known heterosexual relationship was with actor Basil Rathbone. She and Acosta began their relationship shortly after five years of the marriage of Abram Poole Acosta, also a homosexual. They traveled together often, and sometimes visiting the salon of the famous writer and character of Natalie Barney’s high society. De Acosta wrote two plays for Eva during this time, Sandro Botticelli and Jehanne de Arc. Neither were successful, and the combination of economic losses and the jealous and possessive nature of Acosta eventually end the relationship. In early 1927, Eva had an affair with actress Josephine Hutchinson, who was married. The press began to accuse Josephine Hutchinson of lesbianism. Soon after, Le Gallienne starred in the daring play about Emily Dickinson titled Alisons House. The play won a Pulitzer Prize. For a time after the scandal Hutchinson, Le Gallienne was given to drink. According to biographer Richard Schanke, Le Gallienne’s anxiety was heightened by her lesbianism. One night, drunk, went to a neighbor’s house. During their conversation, she told her neighbor “if you’ve ever thought about being a lesbian, do not.Your life will be nothing but a tragedy. ” Another biographer, Helen Sheehy, has rejected the portrait of Shankar on the actress as a lesbian dissatisfied with their situation. Sheehy indicated the encouragement of his friend Le Gallienne May Sarton, also a lesbian: “People hate what they do not understand and try to destroy it. Stay strong and do not let a destructive force to spoil something for you is simple, natural, and beautiful. “Similarly, Le Gallienne told his friend Eloise Armen, heterosexual, that love between women was” the thing most beautiful in the world. “Eva Le Gallienne starred as Peter Pan in a revival that was presented on November 6, 1928 and character full of momentum and boyish charm. The flying effects were designed in a superb, and for the first time Peter flew over the audience. The critics loved ‘LeG’, as it became known, many compared it favorably with the great actress Maude Adams, who had played before the character.The Civic Repertory Theater presents Peter Pan a total of 129 times. In 1929, after the great stock market crash, Eva was on the cover of TIME. During the Great Depression that followed, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt offered the leadership of the National Theater Division ofthe Works Progress Administration. Declined on the grounds that she preferred working with “real talent” rather than get jobs for the survival of the actors. In the thirties Le Gallienne had a relationship with theater director Margaret Webster. She, Webster, and theatrical producer Cheryl Crawford later founded the American Repertory Theater, which operated from 1946 to 1948. In later years she lived with her companion Marion Evensen. In the 1950s achieved a great success representing a wonderful Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart, a stranger to Broadway production.In 1960, Mercedes de Acosta escritota published a controversial book, Here Lies the Heart, documenting and exposing the public the details of his numerous affairs with many of the actresses and female personalities of Hollywood.