- W. J. Lawrence
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Thompson, Lydia (1838–1908), dancer and actress, was born Eliza Hodges Thompson at her father's public house, 12 Brydges Street, Covent Garden, London, on 19 February 1838. She was the second of three surviving children of Philip Thompson (1801/2–1840) and Eliza, née Cooper. As her father died during her childhood and her mother remarried, she was compelled at an early age to earn her own living. She had a taste for dancing, which she learned from a ...