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By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans

ISBN-10: 0809315262

ISBN-13: 9780809315260

Just like the works already released, those most recent volumes of the Biographical Dictionary care for theatre humans of each ilk, starting from dressers and one-performance actors to trumpeter John Shore (inventor of the tuning fork) and the incomparable Sarah Siddons.Also widespread is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early girl playwright. even though born right into a British army family members, Rowson frequently wrote performs that handled patriotic American subject matters and spent a lot of her profession at the American stage.The theatrical jewel of those volumes is the "divine Sarah" Siddons: "She raised the tragedy to the skies," wrote William Hazlitt, and "embodied to our mind's eye the fables of mythology, of the heroic and dignified mortals of elder time." She continued a lot tragedy herself, together with a crippling debilitating disorder and the deaths of 5 of her seven kids. Siddons performed significant roles in either comedy and tragedy, no longer the least of which was once a functionality as Hamlet.

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Sarah's affection for William Siddons remained constant; eventually her parents bowed to the inevitable, and she and Siddons were married in Holy Trinity Church, Conventry, on 26 November 1773. A fortnight or so after their marriage the bridge appeared in the roles of Charlotte Rusport in The West Indian and Leonora in The Padlock at her father's theatre in Worcester on 13 December 1773. That same month she acted those parts with her father's troupe at Wolverhampton. They were at Leicester in February 1774.

Sarah was greatly intimidated, and, as she recollected to John Taylor, "there was such an expression in his acting, that it entirely overcame her," to the degree that the critics found her lamentable. She played the role again on 3 and 5 May. That season Garrick also cast her as Venus in his revival of The Jubilee on 27 December 1775, earning her the "insidious appellation of Garrick's Venus," as Mrs Siddons herself put it in her Reminiscences (edited by William Van Lennep {1942}, from her manuscript autobiographical notes provided to Thomas Campbell now in the Harvard Theatre Collection).

The box office was besieged by three o'clock that Saturday afternoon, and desperate persons of fashion were offering a guinea for a seat in the pit and a guinea and a half for one in the gallery. The Dublin Evening Post found her figure "elegant and interesting in the extreme" and especially noted that her eyes pointed up "the full force and meaning" of the several passions the role required. That critic also compared her to Ann Crawford, who was a local favorite. In his view, Mrs Siddons "in the gentler parts was superior to anything we may have seen, nor was she much surpassed by Mrs.

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