|Born||Fanny Lily Gipsey Davenport
April 10, 1850
|Died||September 26, 1898
|Spouse(s)||Edwin B. Price
Willet Melbourne MacDowell
|Relatives||Harry Davenport (brother)|
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 début occurred in 1862.
In 1869 she joined 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 in 1879 and later divorced. She was the wife of Melbourne MacDowell (later a silent movie actor), her second husband, whom she married in 1889.
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- "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). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
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