Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Charlotte Cushman: Original Photo, 1870

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 15, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: Charlotte Cushman, famous LGBT people, Lesbian history, lesbian performers

It's always wonderful to find such shining gems from 19th century LGBT history. You can learn more about this fascinating woman on Wiki.

She was America's greatest 19th century tragic and dramatic actress during the eras of Edwin Forrest and Edwin Booth. She performed in England many times, and she had fond friendships with a number of women, one of the few semi-openly lesbian performers of her time. A rare original photograph circa 1870 of Charlotte Cushman. Dimensions five and a half by four and a quarter inches.

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Before her stage career, Charlotte Cushman was a respected opera singer. You can read about this period in her life in Peter G. Davis's book "The American Opera Singer".

Davis, who is openly gay himself, and dedicates the book to his partner, makes this subject a more interesting read than one might imagine.

Just ordered it on Amazon at your recommendation. :)