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 Charlotte Saunders Cushman

Charlotte Saunders Cushman

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 Feb 1876 (aged 59)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 248 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 248
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charlotte Saunders Cushman (23 Jul 1816–18 Feb 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 248, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .