Bijou Heron

Bijou Heron (September 1, 1863 – March 18, 1937), born Helen Wallace Stoepel[1] was an American stage actress, who became famous as a child actor in the 1870s.

Bijou Heron
Helen Wallace Stoepel

(1863-09-01)September 1, 1863
New York City, New York
DiedMarch 18, 1937(1937-03-18) (aged 73)
New York City, New York
Other namesMrs. Henry Miller
OccupationStage actress
Spouse(s)Henry Miller
ChildrenGilbert Miller, Henry Miller, Jr., Agnes Miller McCoy
Parent(s)Robert Stoepel, Matilda Heron

Heron was born in New York City, New York[2] to the composer and orchestra conductor Robert Stoepel [1][3] and the actress Matilda Heron.[2] She was introduced to audiences at the age of six in a production of Medea at the Bowery Theater where her mother played the title role.

In 1873, she joined the Augustin Daly company at the Fifth Avenue Theatre.[2] Her first leading role was in Monsieur Alphonse, a dramatic adaptation of a novel by Alexandre Dumas. The following season she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Oliver in Oliver Twist. The cast included actors Fanny Davenport, Charles Fisher, and James Lewis.[2] In 1876, she joined the A. M. Palmer Company at the Union Square Theatre. She played in Miss Multon with Clara Morris and portrayed Smike an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby. She toured with this company, playing for three months in San Francisco. Upon returning to New York, she was asked to take the place of actress Sara Jewett in A Celebrated Case starring Charles Coghlan. She later appeared in The School for Scandal with Coghlan, John Parcelle, Harry Crisp and Ann Gilbert.[2]

Heron moved to England after the death of her mother in 1877. There she was seen in several productions at the Court Theatre in London with Maurice Barrymore and Arthur Cecil. She toured England with the actor and dramatist Dion Boucicault.[2] After returning to New York, she rejoined Daly's company. Heron played in Odette opposite the actor and producer Henry Miller whom she married February 1, 1883 in New York.[1] The Millers performed and toured with C.W. Couldock in Hazel Kirke under the management of Daniel Frohman. They later joined the Clara Morris company.[2]

They had three children: Theatrical producer Gilbert Heron Miller,[4][5] actor John Heron Miller (aka Henry Miller, Jr.) [6] and Agnes Miller McCoy, actress and 1st wife of entertainer Tim McCoy.[7]

Heron died March 18, 1937 at her home in New York City and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.[5]


  1. "February Weddings" (PDF). The New York Times. February 2, 1883. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  2. Clapp, John Bouve (1899). Players of the Present, Vol. 1. New York: Dunlap Society. pp. 246–249.
  3. "An Old Musician Dead" (PDF). The New York Times. October 7, 1887. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  4. "Gilbert Miller, 84, Producer is Dead". The New York Times. January 3, 1969.
  5. "Mrs. Henry Miller". The New York Times. March 20, 1937.
  6. "Notes of the Stage". The Washington Post. December 31, 1911.
  7. "Kindred, Except Son, Share in $148,651 Henry Miller Left". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 21, 1931.
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