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Miriam O Leary



An Irish songstress and actress Miriam O'Leary followed a brief career as a music hall entertainer as a player in the Boston Museum Theater Company from 1881-92. Her reputation was made as Lady Saphir in the American premiere of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience." In the latter half of the decade she was the principle soubrette in the company. She created the role of Jenny Buckhorn in "Shenandoah."

At a time when New York was becoming fixated on the beauty of actresses, Boston was concerned with the plausibility of a performer for a role. Miriam O'Leary's unadorned femininity made her the city favorite for a decade. Marriage to a wealth physician in 1892 occasioned her withdrawal from the stage. After the death of her husband a dozen years later, O'Leary returned to the stage in minor roles as something of a pastime.

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