Show Summary Details

Page of
PRINTED FROM Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. © Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single article in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

Careless, Elizabeth [Betty]locked

(d. 1752)
  • Alison Oddey


Careless, Elizabeth [Betty] (d. 1752), actress and prostitute, was known as Mrs or Miss Betty Careless. It is probable that she was acting before her name first appeared in the extant bills for the role of Polly in John Gray's The Beggar's Opera...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Access to the full content requires a subscription

P. H. Highfill, K. A. Burnim, & E. A. Langhans, , 16 vols. (1973–93)