Henrietta Garnett

Acting the Part

Fanny Kemble: A Performed Life

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Deirdre David has chosen a riveting subject, and has pertinently subtitled her book A Performed Life. Fanny Kemble was born in 1809 to a distinguished theatrical family: her aunt was the memorable tragedienne, Sarah Siddons; her father actor-manager of Drury Lane; her French mother, Marie-Thérèse, a child prodigy who later became a member of her husband’s company and was remembered for her performance of Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera.

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