Charlotte Cushman
Charlotte Cushman becomes widely known on both sides of the Atlantic as the first successful US-American actress. Earlier, she was a singer under the tutelage of James G. Maeder, married to actress Clara Fisher, in Boston. In April 1835, she acts on…

Emma Stebbins
Starting in 1857, Charlotte Cushman and Emma Stebbins enter a romantic relationship that lasts until Cushman's death. After her death, Stebbins writes aa often cited biography about Cushman in which she collects "letters and memories."Cushman…

Matilda Hays
Hays plays the Juliet to Cushman’s Romeo, 1848. She is in a relationship with Charlotte Cushman in the 1850s until a passionate breakup in 1857. Hays is a British journalist and author, she is fighting for the rights of women. For a short time, she…


A collection of archival material (letters, diaries, magazine clippings) collected from the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, and Philadelphia Historical Society that showcase the life of Charlotte Cushman, leading actress of the nineteenth century

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