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Jessie Busby


A stock company actress and vaudevillian, Jessie Busby was a regular presence on the stages of New England and the Midwest from 1900 until 1915. Best known for her work in the dramatic standard, "In the Bishop's Carriage," she split her time between dramatic roles and vaudeville sketch acting. Equally adept at comedy and straight roles, she lacked the beauty and vocal finesse to become a Broadway star. Yet she was sufficiently personable and interesting to secure return bookings in the provincial theaters for over a decade. David S. Shields/ALS