Montez, Lola, 1818-1861

Alternative names
Birth 1818-02-17
Death 1861-01-17
Irish (Republic of Ireland)
French, Undetermined, English

Biographical notes:

Irish dancer, actress, lecturer, writer, and political activist, Lola Montez was also known as Marie Dolores Eliza (or Elisa) Rosanna Gilbert, Maria Dolores Parris Montez, and Comtesse de Landsfeld.

From the description of Lectures and correspondence of Lola Montez, 1842-1950 (inclusive), 1842-1858 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612379070

Born Marie Eliza Gilbert in Ireland, Lola Montez was an internationally-known dancer who performed in San Francisco and various mining towns in Calif. from 1853-1856, with a brief tour in Australia in 1855-1856.

From the description of Lola Montez letter : Munich, to Monsieur le Baron : ALS, 1846 Oct. 22. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122385303

The British actress was famous for being the mistress of King Ludwig of Bavaria.

From the description of ALS, 1859 June 15 : 26 Park Lane, [London], to Mr. Dubois. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 16956870

Lola Montez (real name Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert), Irish-born dancer and actress.

From the guide to the Lola Montez manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1843?, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Dancer, b. Marie Eliza Gilbert.

From the description of Papers, 1843-1932. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 28419790


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  • Dancers--19th century--Correspondence
  • Dancers
  • Actresses
  • Women in the theater
  • Dance
  • Actors
  • Entertainers
  • Cachucha (Dance)
  • Folk dancing, Spanish
  • Fandangos


  • Dancers
  • Women dancers
  • Lecturers
  • Actors


  • Grass Valley (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)