MAGGIE MITCHELL: CELEBRATED THEATRE ACTRESS WHO PERFORMED IN FRONT OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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Maggie Mitchell (1832-1918) was a famous American actress, born in New York. Her first regular stage appearance was in “The Soldier’s Daughter” at the Chambers Street Theatre in 1851. Her first major success was as star of  “Oliver Twist”. She has been described as small, agile and energetic, with a special talent for comedy. In 1860, she appeared in “Fanchon, The Cricket” which was adapted for her from a George Sand novel. She performed in this and other plays in front of  President Abraham Lincoln. The photographer of the top image was celebrity photographer, Mora, of New York City. To view other photographs by Mora, click on Cabinet Card Gallery’s category, “Photographer: Mora”. The second portrait of Miss Mitchell was taken by the esteemed Philadelphia photographic studio, Gilbert & Bacon. This cabinet card image shows Maggie displaying a “come hither” expression. To view more photographs by this studio, click on the category “Photographer: Gilbert & Bacon”. ADDENDUM: A knowledgeable visitor to Cabinet Card pointed out that the second photo of Miss Mitchell is actually actress Lotta Crabtree (see comment below). A bit of research confirmed his astute observation. Lotta Crabtree, a woman who led a very interesting life, will receive her own entry in the cabinet card gallery in the next few days.

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  1. I am having trouble with the second picture. Just doesn’t look like Maggie Mitchell to me. It does resemble, albeit to my macro challenged vision, a maturing (thirty something-ish?) Lotta Crabtree.Just a thought.

  2. Thank you for pointing out my error. You are absolutely correct. The pretty actress in the second photograph is Lotta Crabtree and not Maggie Mitchell. In fact, this same image of Miss Crabtree is part of the collection at the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco, California. I try to be careful and double check all of the identifications of the cabinet card gallery’s theatrical cabinet cards. Although I double checked, I suppose I wasn’t careful enough with this photograph and I was fooled by Miss Mitchell’s name being written on the reverse of the photograph.


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