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Corinne Kimball



A stage dancer popular in the late 1880s and 1890s, Corinne benefited from a stage mother, Jeannie Kimball, who possessed both a ferocious will to power and a canny sense of publicity. Launched onto the stage as a girl in 1881, the dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty seemed "a merry sprite" to onlookers of all ages. In "Monte Cristo, Jr." and other burlesques the girl appeared often decked in a spangle of jewels (purported to be authentic, including "the star of the west diamond").

In the early 1890s she was the star of the Kimball opera company (at times called the Corinne Opera Company) performing in the Columbian Exhibition and in most major cities in extravaganzas such as "Hendrick Hudson," "Pocahontas," and "Arcadia." Her final important role was as Carmencita in a burlesque version of Carmen. Jeanette Kimball's death in 1896 endowed Corinne with $600,000 and little need to tour further. David S. Shields/ALS