Fanny Lily Gipsey Davenport
April 10, 1850
London, England, U.K.
|Died||September 26, 1898 (aged 48)|
Duxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Edwin B. Price |
Willet Melbourne MacDowell
|Relatives||Harry Davenport (brother)|
Fanny Lily Gipsey Davenport (April 10, 1850 – September 26, 1898) was an English-American stage actress.
Most of her siblings were actors, including Harry Davenport. She was brought to the United States in 1854 and educated in the Boston public schools. At age 7, she appeared at Boston's Howard Athenæum as Metamora's child, but her real debut occurred in February 1862 when she portrayed King Charles in Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady at Niblo's Garden.
From 1869 to 1877, she performed in Augustin Daly's company; and afterwards, with a company of her own, acted with especial success in Sardou's Fédora (1883) her leading man being Robert B. Mantell, Cleopatra (1890), and similar plays. She took over emotional Sardou roles that had been originated in Europe by Sarah Bernhardt. Her last appearance was at the Grand Opera House in Chicago on March 25, 1898, shortly before her death.
Her first husband was Edwin B. Price, an actor. They married on July 30, 1879, and divorced on June 8, 1888. On May 18, 1889, she married her leading man, Melbourne MacDowell. Both marriages were childless.
- Benton, in Mckay and Wingate, Famous American Actors of To-Day (New York, 1896)
- Montrose J. Moses, Famous Actor-Families in America (New York, 1906), pp. 226–254
- James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson; Boyer, Paul S.; College, Radcliffe (1971). Notable American Women, 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary. Harvard University Press. pp. 435-436. ISBN 978-0-674-62734-5. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
Presenting Fedora in New York in 1883 with Robert Mantell as her leading man, Fanny Davenport achieved such fame.
- Moses, Montrose J. (September 1905). "Famous Families of Famous Players: The Davenports". Theatre Magazine. pp. 231–34. Retrieved 2017-04-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Obituary: Mrs. E. L. Davenport". The New York Times. July 22, 1891. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- Fanny Lily Gypsey Davenport, Britannica.com; retrieved December 27, 2016.
- "Fanny Davenport Dead; The Well-Known Actress Passes Away at Her Summer Home at Duxbury, Mass". The New York Times. September 27, 1898. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Davenport, Edward Loomis". Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 852–853.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. Missing or empty
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