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Shaw, Mary

Paul Mroczka

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Shaw, Mary (25 January 1854–18 May 1929), actress and suffragist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Levi W. Shaw, a carpenter and builder, and Margaret Keating. After graduating from Boston’s Girl’s High and Normal School in 1871, Shaw taught school from 1873 to 1878. When her voice weakened from constant classroom use, she decided to study elocution. These lessons piqued her interest in the theater, and eventually she left teaching. After becoming involved with various amateur theater groups, Shaw joined the Boston Museum stock company (1879), where she first appeared as a chorus member in the spectacle ...

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