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Charlotte Saunders Cushman
Birth: Jul. 23, 1816
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 18, 1876
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Actress. Born in Boston Massachusetts, she is known as the first American born international star. She first attempted a career in opera but voice troubles forced her to look to acting. In 1836 she received rave reviews for her debut performance as Lady Macbeth. She went on to star as Meg Merrilies in "Guy Mannering" and Nancy Sykes in "Oliver Twist." In 1845 she went to London and was a success in her role as Bianca in the play "Fazio." While there she also received critical acclaim for her role as Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet". In fact, she played more than thirty masculine roles during her career. In 1852 she retired to Italy a bona fide international star. She returned to the United States in 1870 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. In 1874, despite her illness, she made several farewell performances, reciting readings because she was too weak to perform in plays. She was honored with fireworks and parades. After her farewell tour she returned to her hometown to live out the rest of her days. (bio by: Bigwoo) 
 
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 Parents:
  Elkanah Cushman (1769 - 1841)
  Mary Eliza Babbitt Cushman (1794 - 1865)
 
 Siblings:
  Eleanor Wendell Cushman Weld (1793 - 1847)**
  Alexander Cushman (1797 - 1841)**
  Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1816 - 1876)
  Fitz Henry Cushman (1820 - 1821)**
  Susan Webb Cushman Muspratt (1822 - 1859)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Charlotte Saunders Cushman
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Charlotte Saunders Cushman
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Charlotte Saunders Cushman
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