Henrietta Baker Chanfrau

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Henrietta Baker Chanfrau
Henrietta Baker Chanfrau - Mrs. F. S. Chanfrau - Brady-Handy.jpg
Chanfrau, between 1855 and 1865.
Born Henrietta Baker
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died 1909
New Jersey, United States
Other names Jeannette Davis
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Frank Chanfrau (1858-1884; his death)

Henrietta Baker Chanfrau (1837–1909) was an American stage actress.

Born Henrietta Baker in Philadelphia, before her marriage, her stage name was Jeannette Davis. She made her début as a vocalist during the summer of 1854 at the Assembly Buildings in Philadelphia under the management of Professor Mueller.[citation needed]

Her first appearance at a regular theatre was at the city museum on September 9, 1854, as Miss Apsley in The Willow Copse. A short time afterward she became a member of the Arch Street Theatre, where she remained nearly two seasons. She became a member of the company when the National in Cincinnati, Ohio, was opened by Lewis Baker for the 1857–58 season.[1]

After a long absence from New York City, in late 1886 she appeared at the reopening of the Fourteenth Street Theatre as Linda Colmore in The Scapegoat.

Personal life[edit]

She married actor Frank Chanfrau in July 1858. She is believed to have died in New Jersey in 1909.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Brown, T. Allston (1870). History of the American Stage. New York: Dick and Fitzgerald.