Charlotte Charke

(1713—1760) actress and transvestite

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Colley Cibber (1671—1757) actor, writer, and theatre manager


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(1713–c. 1760),

the youngest child of Colley Cibber, early displayed a fondness for masculine dress and pursuits, was widowed in 1737 after an early marriage to a violinist, and pursued a varied career as waiter, pastry cook, strolling player, etc. Her Narrative of the Life of Mrs Charlotte Charke (1775) vividly describes her family background and later misfortunes.

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