- Lesley Ferris
Crabtree, Lotta (07 November 1847–25 September 1924), actress and theater producer, was born Charlotte Crabtree in New York City, the daughter of John Ashworth Crabtree and Mary Ann Livesey, both immigrants from England. At the age of six Crabtree went with her mother to search for her wayward father, who had abandoned his family in the East for the attraction of California gold. They arrived in San Francisco in 1853 and quickly became acquainted with the booming theatrical ventures of the city. In particular, child performers seemed to be the rage. ...