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Lotta Crabtree

Crabtree, Lotta, 1847–1924, American actress, b. New York City. A protégée of Lola Montez, she became, while still a child, a favorite in California mining camps with her sprightly singing, dancing, and reciting. In 1867 she scored her first success in New York City in a dramatization of Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop, and thereafter she performed in burlesque and comic pieces, captivating large audiences. She retired in 1891.

See biography by D. Dempsey (1968).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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