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Adelaide

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History — Theatre.

Founded in 1836, the state capital of South Australia has always seen itself as the most ‘English’ and ‘cultured’ of Australia's cities, distinguished by a continuing commitment to theatre...

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Anna Deavere Smith

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(b. 1950), actress and playwright.

The African‐American performer was born in Baltimore and educated at Beaver College and American Conservatory Theatre, where she became a member...

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Bob Cole

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Theatre.

(1869–1911), composer and actor.

Little is known about the earliest history of this African‐American artist, one of the first to make his mark in the theatre. Working first with...

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Break Dancing.

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — United States History.

Hip-hop—the wild-style world of graffiti, break dancing, and rapping—started in the mid-1970s as an underground current in New York City. After the film Flashdance (1983) was released,...

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Cantinflas

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1911–93)

Mexican comedian and actor. Born Mario Moreno Reyes, he was once described by Charles Chaplin as the greatest comedian alive. As a youth he became an aficionado of...

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Carmen DeLavallade

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — United States History.

(born 6 March 1931 in Los Angeles), American dancer, choreographer, and actress.

Known primarily for her work with Lester Horton, Alvin Ailey, and her husband, Geoffrey Holder, de...

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Davis [Davies; married name Paisible], Mary [Moll] (c. 1651–1708), actress and royal mistress

Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; Irish History; British History; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Scottish History. 1326 words.

Davis [Davies; married name Paisible], Mary [Moll] (c. 1651–1708), actress and royal mistress, was said to be 'a bastard of Collonell Howard, my Lord Barkeshire' (Pepys, 9.24), a phrase...

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GarÍfuna

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — Regional and National History.

The Garífuna people, also known as Karaphuna or Black Caribs, are the descendants of Africans of unknown origin and indigenous peoples of the Lesser Antilles, who were termed “Caribs” by ...

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Gwyn, Eleanor [Nell] (1651?–1687), actress and royal mistress

S. M. Wynne.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; Irish History; British History; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Scottish History. 3054 words.

Gwyn, Eleanor [Nell] (1651?–1687), actress and royal mistress, was born, according to a contemporary horoscope, on 2 February 1651. Her parentage remains obscure, as does her place of...

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Hughes, Margaret [Peg] (d. 1719), actress and royal mistress

John Callow.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; European History. 1574 words.

Hughes, Margaret [Peg] (d. 1719), actress and royal mistress, is of unknown origins, but as her brother had the same surname it is unlikely that she ever married. It is possible that...

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