Harriet Waylett

(1800—1851) actress and singer

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(1798–1851) English actress, born into the stage family of Cooke. She made an early debut; when she ran away with an officer, her father sued for loss of her services. She married but soon left the actor Waylett. She made her reputation singing fashionable ballads, including ‘Home Sweet Home’, in soubrette and breeches roles at Birmingham Theatre Royal before moving to Drury Lane in 1824 with Alfred Bunn, provoking scandal. G. A. Lee composed many of her songs, and with him she entered the management free-for-all of the 1830s, assuming control of the unlicensed Strand in 1834; by 1840 she was free to marry Lee.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.

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