Her parents were actors. She made her first appearance on the stage with her sister Helen Western (1844-1868) as “change artist” at her father's theatre in Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively with her in the United States. They were known as the “Star Sisters,” and their principal play was the “Three Fast Men.” In 1858 they appeared at the Old Bowery Theatre in New York City.
In 1859 or 1860 Lucille appeared at the Holliday Street Theatre in “East Lynne,” achieving her first success. In 1861-65 she traveled with a combination troupe, playing Nancy Sykes in “Oliver Twist,” with Edward L. Davenport as Bill Sykes and James W. Wallack, Jr., as Fagin. In 1865 she played in Philadelphia, appearing in “Eleanor's Victory,” “Lucretia Borgia,” “Jane Eyre,” “The Child-Stealer,” “Mary Tudor,” “Cynthia,” besides the two plays already mentioned. She appeared in the principal theatres in the United States, and at the time of her death was playing at the New Park Theatre, Brooklyn.
On 11 October 1859, she married James Harrison Mead. Her remains are buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Her younger sister, Helen Western was also an actress and at one time was the girlfriend of John Wilkes Booth.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Western, Pauline Lucille". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.