Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898

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Fanny Lily Gypsy Davenport was an American actress and theatrical manager. In 1882 she established her own theatrical company, the Fanny Davenport Company, which toured the United States with productions of Fedora, La Tosca, Cleopatra, and Gismonda, among others. She was married first to Edwin H. Price and then to Melbourne MacDowell.

From the description of Fanny Davenport collection, 1881-1945. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612235888

Davenport first performed on stage at the age of eight. As an adult she performed in Philadelphia at the Arch Street Theatre, then with Augustin Daly's company at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York, acting in revivals, new plays, Shakespeare, and other plays. Around 1877 Davenport formed her own company with which she toured around the country. From 1883 to 1895 she also appeared in four plays, FEDORA, GISMONDA, TOSCA, AND CLEOPATRA, by the French dramatist Victorien Sardou in roles originally performed by Sarah Bernhardt.

From the description of Fanny Davenport collection, [1870s]-[1890s] (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 244786815

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898,. Autograph letters signed from Fanny Lily Gypsy Davenport to various people [manuscript], 1869-1879. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Davenport, Edward Loomis, 1815-1877,. Autograph letters signed and initialled from Edward Loomis Davenport to various recipients [manuscript], ca. 1853-1875. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny. Autograph letter signed : [no place], to Wilkie Collins, 1889 Sept. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Rignold, George Richard, 1839-1912,. Autograph letters signed from George Rignold, New York, Boston, and nr. Birmingham, England, to various people [manuscript], 1875-1879. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876,. Autograph letters signed from Charlotte Cushman to various recipients [manuscript], 1843-1875. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898,. Autograph letters signed from Fanny Davenport to various recipients [manuscript], [1877]-1898. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Gardiner, C. Randolph, 19th cent. Autograph letters signed from C. Randolph Gardiner to various recipients [manuscript], 1878-1880. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.) (Photographer). Fanny J. Davenport portrait, 1920. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Muller, C. A. C. A. Muller actors portraits, ca. 1870-1897. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899. Theatrical papers of Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1863-1900. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898. Fanny Davenport collection, 1881-1945. Houghton Library
creatorOf Rankin, Peter D. Peter D. Rankin collection, ca. 1857-ca. 1959. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Davenport, Edward Loomis, 1815-1877,. Autograph letters signed and initialed from Edward Loomis Davenport to various people [manuscript], 1867-1877. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Portraits of Theatrical Personalities Collected by F. E. Faragoh [graphic], 18---19-- Bancroft Library
referencedIn Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's As You Like It, ca 1794-1970. Houghton Library
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1882. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Mapleson, James Henry, 1830-1901,. Autograph letters signed from James Henry Mapleson to various people [manuscript], [1882?]-1895. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Actress and Singer Photograph Collection, ca. 1850 - 1930, 1850-1930 The Society of California Pioneers.
referencedIn C. A. Muller actors portraits, circa 1870-1897 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Saint Maur, Harry,. Autograph letters signed from Harry St. Maur to Augustin Daly [manuscript], [1883]-1894. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Hackett, Norman. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, 1804-1905. Houghton Library
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898. Fanny Davenport collection, [1870s]-[1890s] Princeton University Library
creatorOf Rankin, Peter D.,. Rankin-Davenport family papers, [ca. 1876]-1979. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Photographs of theatrical performers, 1862-1982. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
referencedIn Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection). Photographs of theatrical performers, 1862-1982. Houghton Library
referencedIn Fanny Davenport collection, [ca. 1885-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898,. Autograph letter signed from Fanny Davenport to Henry James Byron [manuscript], [19th century] April 11. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Barrett, Lawrence, 1838-1891,. Autograph letters signed and 1 telegram from Lawrence Barrett to various people [manuscript], 1864-1892. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Golden Family Collection, 1795-1996 Working Men's Institute of New Harmony, Indiana
referencedIn Charles, Vera. Vera Charles collection, 1894-1910. Library of Congress
referencedIn Anna E. Dickinson Papers, 1859-1951, (bulk 1859-1911) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Boston Museum Stock Company Kate Ryan Nolan collection of photographs, 1876-1893 and undated. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Scrapbook on performing artists. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Polk, Asa D. (Asa Davis), 1850-1940. Asa D. Polk and family papers, 1853-1930. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Davenport, Fanny, 1850-1898. Letter and autograph, 1876-1892. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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correspondedWith Barrett, Lawrence, 1838-1891, person
associatedWith Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923 person
associatedWith Boston Museum Stock Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Byron, Henry J. (Henry James), 1835-1884 person
associatedWith Charles, Vera. person
associatedWith Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889, person
correspondedWith Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876, person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
correspondedWith Davenport, Edward Loomis, 1815-1877, person
associatedWith Davenport family. family
correspondedWith Dickinson, Anna E. (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932 person
associatedWith E. L. Davenport Club of New York, corporateBody
associatedWith Fanny Davenport Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Faragoh, Francis Edwards person
associatedWith Field, May Davenport Seymour, 1883-1967. person
associatedWith Field, Richard M. (Richard Montgomery), b. 1885. person
associatedWith Gardiner, C. Randolph, 19th cent. person
associatedWith Golden Family family
correspondedWith Henry person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Howard Athenaeum. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones Studio (Boulder, Colo.) (Photographer) corporateBody
associatedWith Mac Dowel, Melbourne, 1857-1941. person
correspondedWith Mapleson, James Henry, 1830-1901, person
associatedWith Marbury, Elisabeth, 1856-1933. person
associatedWith Mathews, Frances Aymar. person
associatedWith Muller, C. A person
associatedWith Muller, C. A. person
associatedWith Neilson, Adelaide, 1848-1880 person
correspondedWith Palmer, Albert Marshman, 1838-1905 person
associatedWith Polk, Asa D. (Asa Davis), 1850-1940. person
associatedWith Price, Edwin H. person
associatedWith Rankin, Peter D., person
associatedWith Rignold, George Richard, 1839-1912, person
associatedWith Saint Maur, Harry, person
associatedWith Sardou, Victorien, 1831-1908. person
associatedWith Seymour, May Davenport, 1856-1927. person
associatedWith Society of California Pioneers corporateBody
associatedWith Wallack, Lester, 1820-1888. person
correspondedWith Wholflay, H. W., 19th cent. person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
New York (State)--New York
United States
Subject
Theater 19th century
Theater management
Theatrical companies
Theatrical managers
Theatrical managers
Traveling theater
Women theatrical managers
Women theatrical producers and directors
Actors
Actresses
Costume
Occupation
Actors
Activity

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Birth 1850-04-10

Death 1898-09-26

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