List of American women in 19th century theater

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  • Viola Allen (October 27, 1867 - May 9, 1948) Born Viola Emily Allen in Huntsville, Alabama.
    • Hamnet Records
      • ART File A431 no.2-69 PHOTO
      • ART Box H584 no.1 - 36 (size L)
      • ART Box H584 no.37 - 60 (size L)
      • Scrapbook 265363 -Collection of theatre programs and photographs compiled by Viola Allen
      • Prompt D3 - Daughter of Heaven
      • Prompt H5 - The Hunchback (Viola Allen copy)
      • Prompt I3 - Irene Wycherley (Property of Viola Allen)
      • Prompt L14 - The Lady of Coventry (Written for a Viola Allen production)
      • Prompt P24 - Phaedra (Former Owner)
      • Prompt Cymb. 19 - Cymbeline (As played by Viola Allen)
      • Prompt Mac. 1 - Macbeth (Former Owner)
      • Prompt Merch. 1 - Merchant of Venice (Former Owner)
      • Prompt T.N. 1
      • Prompt T.N. 28 (Viola Allen's version)
      • Prompt Wint. T. 1 (Former owner, inscribed)
      • The Winter's Tale presented by Viola Allen and Co. - PR2839 1950b Copy 1 Sh.Col. / PR2839 1950b Copy 2 Sh.Col. (Gustav Kobbé copy, autograph presentation note by Allen)
      • Manuscripts - Y.c. 29 / Y.c. 46 (1-4) / Y.c. 61 (1-96) / Y.c. 156 (1-2) / Y.c. 222 (1) / Y.c. 223 (1) / Y.c. 245 (1) / Y.c. 260 (1-5) / Y.c. 367 (1) / Y.c. 452 (1-3) / Y.c. 518 (1-2) / Y.c. 531 (1) / Y.c. 558 (1-3) / Y.c. 598 (1) / Y.c. 634 / Y.c. 636 / Y.c. 645 / Y.c. 678 (1-3) / Y.c. 775 (1) / Y.c. 785 (1-3) / Y.c. 806 (1-9) / Y.c. 818 (1) / Y.c. 906 (1-10) / Y.c. 984 (1-5) / Y.c. 1022 (1) / Y.c. 1356 (1) / Y.c. 2138 (1-6) / Y.c. 2186 / Y.c. 2198 / Y.c. 2218 / Y.c. 2294 / Y.c. 2323 / Y.c. 2389 / Y.c. 2451 (1-4) / Y.c. 2536 / Y.c. 3368 / Y.c. 3875 / Y.c. 5388 / Y.c. 5497 (1-2) / Y.c. 5498 / Y.c. 5675-76 / Y.c. 5803 / Y.c. 5895 / Y.c. 6046 / Y.c. 6334 / Y.c. 6686 (1-14) / Y.c. 7265 / Y.c. 7300 (1-18) / Y.c. 7348 (1-8)
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  • Agnes Booth (October 4, 1843 - January 2, 1910) Born Marian Agnes Land Rookes in Sydney, New South Wales.
    • Hamnet Records
      • ART File B725.65 no. 1 copy 1 PHOTO (size M)
      • ART Vol. a5 no. 160 PHOTO (after p. 84)
      • ART Vol. b2 no. 36
      • ART Vol. b2 no. 39b
      • Manuscripts - Y.c. 2731 (1-8)
      • PROMPT John 2 (p. 13)
      • PROMPT Lear 2
      • PROMPT Mu. Ad. 1
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  • Marie Cahill (December 29, 1866 - August 23, 1933) Born Mary "Marie" Cahill in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Beatrice Cameron (1868 - July 12, 1940) Born Susan Hegeman in Troy, New York.
  • Leslie Carter (June 10, 1857 - November 13, 1937) Born Caroline Louise Dudley in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Louise Carver (June 9, 1869 - June 18, 1956) Born Mary Louise Stieger in Davenport, Iowa.
  • Georgia Cayvan (August 22, 1857 - November 19, 1906) Born Georgie Eva Cayvan in Bath, Maine.
  • Henrietta Baker Chanfrau (1837 - 1909) Born Jeannette Davis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Caroline Chapman (c. 1818 - May 8, 1876) Born in San Francisco, California.
  • Ada Clare (July, 1834 - March 4, 1874) Born Ada Agnes Jane McElhenney in Charleston, South Carolina.
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  • Marguerite Clark (February 22, 1883 - September 25, 1940) Born Helen Marguerite Clark in Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio.
    • Hamnet Records
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  • Kate Claxton (August 24, 1848 - May 5, 1924) Born in Somerville, New Jersey.
    • Hamnet Records
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  • Ella Maria Dietz Clymer (January 27, 1847 - January 9, 1920) Born Ella Maria Dietz in New York City.
    • Hamnet Records
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  • Ida Conquest (February 26, 1876 - July 12, 1937)
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  • Sarah Crocker Conway (1834 - April 28, 1875) Born in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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  • Lotta Crabtree (November 7, 1847 - September 25, 1924) Born Charlotte Mignon Crabtree in New York City.
    • Hamnet Records
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  • Maida Craigen (1861 - April 5, 1942)
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  • Henrietta Crosman (September 2, 1861 - October 31, 1944) Born Henrietta Foster Crosman in Wheeling, West Virginia.
    • Hamnet Records
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  • Charlotte Cushman (July 23, 1816 - February 18, 1876) Born Charlotte Suanders Cushman in Boston, Massachusetts.
    • Hamnet Records
      • 255- 431q
      • ART 242806s
      • ART 254964 (size S)
      • ART 260043 (realia)
      • ART 260060 (realia)
      • ART File C986 no. 1 (size L)
      • ART File C986 no. 2a copy 1 - 5 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 2a copy 6 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 2b (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 3 copy 1 and 2 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 4 - 8 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 9 copy 1 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 9 copy 2 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 10 - 14 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 15 pt. 1 - 3 PHOTO (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 16 PHOTO (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 17 pt. 1 and 2 PHOTO (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 18 PHOTO (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 19 - 21 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 22 copy 1 - 3 (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 23 PHOTO (size XS)
      • ART File C986 no. 24 (size XS)
      • ART Inv. 1095 (realia)
      • ART Vol. a2 no. 22 (p. 248)
      • ART Vol. a5 no. 113 (after p. 62)
      • ART Vol. b15 no. 86
      • ART Vol. b17 no. 61v (p.31)
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 96
      • ART Vol. b33 no. 4
      • ART Vol. c1 no. 83 copy 1
      • ART Vol. c4 no. 69 copy 1
      • ART Vol. c4 no. 70 copy 1
      • ART Vol. c4 no. 71 copy 1
      • ART Vol. c4 no. 72 copy 1
      • ART Vol. c4 no. 73 - 74
      • ART Vol. c6 no. 13
      • ART Vol. c6 no. 37
      • ART Vol. c7 no. 34 copy 6
      • ART Vol. c26 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. c53 no. 26 copy 2
      • Fast ACC 271223 (Flat)
      • FPb47
      • FPb49
      • FPm21 (realia)
      • FPm22 (realia)
      • FPm23 (realia)
      • Manuscripts - C.c. 6 / D.a. 52 / M.b. 38 / T.a. 101 - 103 / W.a. 256 / W.b. 511 (after p. 134) / Y.c. 737 (1) / Y.c. 968 (1-40) / Y.c. 1778 / Y.c. 1880 / Y.c. 2954 (1-6) / Y.c. 3342 / Y.c. 3448 / Y.c. 4554 (1-2) / Y.c. 4760 (1-5) / Y.c. 5862 / Y.d. 531 (1-4) / Y.d. 558 (1-8) / Y.d. 754 / Y.d. 829
      • PLAYBILL 265448 - London: Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1854
      • PROMPT AYLI 5 / 23 / 24
      • PROMPT Ham. 10
      • PROMPT Hen. VIII 3 / 4 / 13
      • PROMPT Mac. 10
      • PROMPT Rom. 45
      • Sh.Col. PR2752 1843c copy 1 and 2
      • Sh.Col. PR2759 1884 v.4 (item 7)
      • Sh.Col. PR2803 1848
      • Sh.Col. PR2817 1823
      • Sh.Col. PR2823 1874a
      • Sh. Misc. 539
      • STC 24102 (Charlotte Cushman copy)
      • Open Stacks - E457.2 .A543 2015 / E468.9 .N46 2010 / PN2016 .D7 no. 9 / PN2205 .R55 / PN2259 .C5 / PN2285 .W5 / PN2287 .C8 M47 1999 / PN2287 .C8 L4 / PN2287 .C8 P7 / PN2287 .C8 S7 / PN2287 .C8 W4 / PR2965 .G74 2010 vol. 7 / PR3112 .W45 2015 / PR4419 .C5 Z65 2000 / PR4581 .H3 1871 /
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  • Fay Davis (December 15, 1873 – February 27, 1945) Born in Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Julia Dean (actress) (July 22, 1830 – March 6, 1868) Born in Pleasant Valley, New York.
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  • Kate Denin (1837 - February 5, 1907) Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Laura Don (February 20, 1852 – February 10, 1886) Born Anna Laura Fish in Glens Falls, New York.
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  • Virginia Dreher (1857/59- November 11, 1898) Born Jennie Cummings Murphy in Kentucky.
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  • Louisa Lane Drew (January 10, 1820 – August 31, 1897) Born Louisa Lane in London, England.
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  • Maud Durbin (November 9, 1871 – December 25, 1936) Born in Moberly, Missouri.
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  • Virginia Earle (August 6, 1873 – September 21, 1937) Born Virginia Earl in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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  • Maxine Elliott (February 5, 1868 - March 5, 1940) Born Jessie Dermott in Rockland, Maine.
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  • Effie Ellsler (September 17, 1855 – October 8, 1942) Born Euphemia Ellsler in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Agnes Ethel (May 1, 1846 – May 26, 1903) Also known as Agnes Ethel Tracy, she was born in New York City.
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  • Rose Eytinge (November 21, 1835 – December 20, 1911) Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Bijou Fernandez (November 4, 1873? - November 7, 1961) Born in New York City.
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  • Kate Field (October 1, 1838 - May 19, 1896) Born Mary Katherine Keemle Field was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
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  • Minnie Maddern Fiske (December 19, 1865 - February 15, 1932) Born Marie Augusta Davey in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also went by Mrs. Fiske.
  • Harriet Ford (1863 - December 12, 1949) Born Harriet French Ford in Seymore, Connecticut. She also went by the name Mrs. Forde Morgan.
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  • Laura Nelson Hall (July 11, 1876 – July 11, 1936) Born Laura Barnhurst in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Pauline Hall (February 26, 1860 – December 29, 1919) Born Pauline Fredrika Schmidgall in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    • Hamnet Records
      • Y.c.3858 (1-7)
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  • Virginia Harned (May 29, 1868 – April 29, 1946) Born Virginia Hicks in Boston, Massachusetts.
    • Hamnet Records
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  • Percy Haswell (April 30, 1871 - June 14, 1945) Born in Austin, Texas. She was also billed as Miss Percy Haswell and Mrs. George Fawcett.
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  • Chrystal Herne
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  • Bijou Heron
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  • Matilda Heron
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  • Edna Wallace Hopper
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  • Jean Hosmer
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  • Jobyna Howland
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  • Caroline Miskel Hoyt
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  • Isabel Irving (February 18, 1871 - September 1, 1944) Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
    • Hamnet Records
      • 255- 234q v. 2
      • ART Box S635 no. 1 (size L)
      • ART File I72.3 no.1-3 PHOTO (size XS)
      • ART Vol. a8 no. 39 (Opp. p. 74)
      • ART Vol. b18 no. 16v (For original drawing see ART Box S653 no. 1)
      • ART Vol. b18 no. 64v
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 336 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 381 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 384 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 386 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 395 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 397 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. b23 no. 402 PHOTO
      • ART Vol. b24 no. 25a and 25b
      • Manuscript - Y.c. 3368 / Y.c. 4340 (1-11)
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  • Fanny Janauschek (July 20, 1829 – November 28, 1904) Born Franziska Romana Magdalena Janauschek in Prague, Austrian Empire.
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  • Marie Jansen (November 18, 1857 – March 20, 1914) Born Harriet Mary Johnson in Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Maud Jeffries (December 14, 1869 - September 26, 1946) Born Maud Evelyn Craven Jeffries at Willow Farm, Coahoma County, Mississippi.
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  • Avonia Jones (July 12, 1839 – October 4, 1867) Born in New York City.
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  • Jennie Kimball (June 20, 1848 – March 23, 1896) Born in Portland, Maine, she was also known by the names Jennie Kimball Flaherty and Jennie Kimball Schaefer.
    • Hamnet Records
      • ART File K49 no. 1 PHOTO (size XS)
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  • Elita Proctor Otis (1851/1860 - August 10, 1927) Born in Cleveland, Ohio.
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  • Geraldine Ulmar (June 23, 1862 - August 13, 1932) Born Annie Geraldine Ulmar in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
    • Hamnet Records
      • Manuscripts - Y.c. 5109 (1-2)
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  • Marie van Zandt (October 8 1858 - December 31, 1919) Born in Manhattan, New York City.
    • Hamnet Records
      • Art File V285.5 no.1 PHOTO (size xs)
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  • Marie Wainwright (May 8, 1853 - August 17, 1923) Born Marie Page Wainwright in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Blanche Walsh (January 4, 1873 – October 31, 1915) Born in New York City.
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  • Helen Ware (October 15, 1877 – January 25, 1939) Born Helen Remer in San Francisco, California.
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  • Ida Waterman (March 10, 1852 – May 22, 1941) Born Ida Shaw in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Mary E. Webb (1828 – June 17, 1859) Born Mary Espartero Webb in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
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  • Blanche Whiffen (1845–1936) Born Blanche Galton, and also known as Mrs. Thomas Whiffen, in London, England.
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  • Jennie Worrell (1850 - August 11, 1899) Born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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For more 19th century American actresses not included in the Folger Collection, see the following list:

Wikipedia American Shakespearean Actresses of the 19th Century