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date: 22 September 2019

Cushman, Charlotte Saunderslocked

(23 July 1816–18 February 1876)
  • Joseph Leach

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders (23 July 1816–18 February 1876), actress, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Elkanah Cushman, a merchant shipper, and Mary Eliza Babbit. Due to her father’s ill health and financial collapse in 1829, Charlotte was obliged to quit school at age thirteen. Between chores in her mother’s boardinghouse, however, she often accompanied her uncle, Augustus Babbit, to the Tremont Theatre. Though her puritanical parents strongly opposed such pleasures, Charlotte later referred to those evenings watching top English and American actors perform as her real, true education....

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