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Adah Isaacs Menken (1835?–1868) by Sarony & Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London


Menken, Adah Isaacs (1835?–1868), actress and poet, is thought to have been born on 15 June 1835 in New Orleans. At various times in her life she produced different versions of her parentage, giving her father's name as James McCord, Richard Spencer...