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Fanny Reading


A striking beauty, Fanny Reading, became a favorite singing soubrette in the 1880s. She played in the McCaull touring troupes and made her name playing the lead in "The Queen's Lace Handkerchief" in New York and Chicago in 1883 and 1884. In autumn 1884 she support Mathilde Cottrelly in McCaull's staging of "The Seamstress" in Philadelphia. In 1885, she separated from McCaull and hired onto Hart's touring comedy company for "Buttons." By 1886 she made a solid hit in New Orleans as a member of R. Lowden's stock company at the Avenue Theatre. After her stint with Lowden, she signed on as leading lady of the Corinne Opera Company. David S. Shields/ALS