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Mary Ann Keeley

(1805—1899) actress


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(1806–99), English actress, who was trained as a singer, but turned to acting and had already made a name for herself when in 1829 she married Robert Keeley (1793–1869), a good low comedian who made his name as Jemmy Green in Moncrieff's Tom and Jerry; or, Life in London. He was also outstanding as Dogberry (in Much Ado about Nothing) and as Dickens's Sarah Gamp. His wife was undoubtedly the better player of the two. She was at her best in pathetic, appealing parts such as Nydia in Buckstone's The Last Days of Pompeii (1834), or Smike in Stirling's The Fortunes of Smike; or, A Sequel to Nicholas Nickleby (1840), adapted from Dickens. Her greatest success was in the title-role of the highwayman in Buckstone's version of Jack Sheppard (1839).

From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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