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Fanny Batcheller


A literate showgirl with the Harrigan Company of players in Boston and New York, Fanny Batcheller was admired for her coppery brown hair, her vivacious eyes, and her skill with a pen. She wrote brief essays on the life of a showgirl for New England newspapers that show wit and candor. In 1893 a piece she published in an Exeter, Massachusettes, gazette critical of soubrettes and their habits provoked a fight with the two such creatures in the Harrigan company. David S. Shields/ALS