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Kemble, Fannylocked

(27 November 1809–15 January 1893)
  • James Ross Moore

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Kemble, Fanny (27 November 1809–15 January 1893), author and actress, was born Frances Anne Kemble in London, England, the daughter of Charles Kemble, an actor and theatrical manager, and Marie-Therèse deCamp, a Swiss-French actress in Kemble’s troupe. The niece of noted actress Sarah Siddons, Kemble became a member of what theater historian Mary M. Turner called “the most distinguished actor-family England has ever produced.” As a child Kemble breakfasted with Walter Scott, sang duets with Thomas Moore, and posed for a portrait by Thomas Lawrence. Educated sporadically in English and Parisian schools, at which she acquired the reputation of a nonconformist, Kemble intended a writing career, but when financial ruin threatened her parents’ theater in Covent Garden in 1829 she studied acting for three weeks and then made a sensational debut as Juliet in ...

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