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Baddeley [née Snow], Sophia (bap. 1744, d. 1786), actress and singer, was baptized on 12 October 1744 at St Mary-at-Lambeth, the daughter of Valentine Snow (d. 1770) and his wife, Mary, and not in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in 1745, as stated in ...

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Bannister [née Harper], Elizabeth (1757–1849), actress and singer, was, according to the encomium in the Thespian Magazine (1793), the daughter of a Mrs Harpur, 'now a mantua-maker [dressmaker] at Bath', who, having made a marriage disapproved of by her family, educated her daughter perforce '...

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Catley, Ann (1745–1789), singer and actress, was born in an alley off Tower Hill, London, the daughter of a washerwoman and a hackney coachman, Robert Catley. According to The Life and Memoirs of the Late Miss Ann Catley (1789–90) she was a pretty and sexually precocious girl who earned money singing at public houses and to officers at the ...

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Chevalier, Albert Onésime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis (1861–1923), comedian and actor, was born on 21 March 1861 at 21 St Ann's Villas, Royal Crescent, Notting Hill, London, the eldest son of Jean Onésime Chevalier, language teacher, and his wife, Ellen Louisa Mathews; his name at birth was registered simply as ...

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Cibber [née Arne], Susannah Maria (1714–1766), actress and singer, was born on 14 February 1714 at 34 King Street, Covent Garden, London, the fourth child of the eight children of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736) [see under Arne family], an upholsterer and undertaker, and his wife, ...

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Fenton [née Besswick; married name Powlett or Paulet], Lavinia, duchess of Bolton (1710–1760), actress and singer, was born on 7 October 1710 and baptized at St Margaret Westminster on 22 October as Lavinia Besswick, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth. According to The Life of Lavinia Beswick, alias Fenton, alias Polly Peachum...

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Formby, George [real name George Hoy Booth] (1904–1961), music-hall entertainer and actor, was born at 3 Westminster Street, Wigan, Lancashire, on 26 May 1904, the eldest of the seven surviving children (four girls and three boys) of James Lawler Booth (1875–1922), music-hall entertainer, and his wife, ...

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Holloway, Stanley Augustus (1890–1982), actor and singer, was born on 1 October 1890 at 30 Wentworth Road, Manor Park, London, the younger child and only son of George Augustus Holloway, a law clerk, and his wife, Florence Bell. His family was fairly prosperous and he attended the ...

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Martyr [née Thornton], Margaret (1761/2–1807), singer and actress, was the daughter of Mr Thornton, a London tailor, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1788). A pupil of James Hook, she sang his music at Vauxhall Gardens in the summers of 1778–80. Miss Thornton...

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Mattocks [née Hallam], Isabella (1746–1826), actress and singer, was born at 3 Lambeth Street, Whitechapel, London, in 1746, and baptized at St Mary, Whitechapel, on 25 May, the daughter of Lewis Hallam (1714?–1756?) and his wife, Sarah Hallam (d. 1774) [see under...

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Stephens, Catherine [Kitty] [married name Catherine Capel-Coningsby, countess of Essex] (1794–1882), singer and actress, was born at 85 Park Street, Grosvenor Square, London, on 18 September 1794, the daughter of Edward Stephens (c.1768–1827), a carver and gilder. Her choice of career was probably influenced by her elder sister ...

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Suett, Richard (bap. 1755, d. 1805), actor and singer, was baptized on 29 July 1755 at St Luke's, Chelsea, the son of John Suett (d. 1783), a butcher and later an officer of St Paul's Cathedral, and his wife, Jane, probably the ...

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Vestris [née Bartolozzi; other married name Mathews], Lucia Elizabeth (1797–1856), actress and singer, was born on 2 March 1797, probably at 74 Dean Street, Soho, London. She was the granddaughter of the engraver Francesco Bartolozzi and the first child of Gaetano Stefano Bartolozzi...

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Wrighten [other married name Pownall], Mary Ann [née Mary Matthews] (1751–1796), singer and actress, was born in Hoxton, London, on 14 September 1751, the daughter of William Matthews (d. 1797) and his wife, Mary. Her father was variously described as a jeweller or a butcher, and at his death reportedly sold newspapers, but in his will he called himself a '...