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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 24, June 18, 1859

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Identifier: DX02953960

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 24, June 18, 1859

Description: Regarding Lotty Kidder's past as an actress.

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the course of the evening to Mrs Duryee's. Lotty [Kidder] was there yesterday and the day before. [Arthur] Alleyne has returned from Boston, she sending him money to enable him to do so. (This Mrs D. told as a secret.) They now live together again at a twenty-fifth St boarding-house, where Lotty secured a room for them. Mrs D speaks of Alleyne very unfavorably, says he's a fifth-rate actor, a loafer, a worthless article generally. Lotty left the stage in consequence of her getting into rows first with old [James William] Wallack, then with Laura Keene. She was late at rehearsal in the first place and restive under reproof. When the "Veteran" objected she "sauced back." Indeed she has a proclivity for rows — had one at Westfarms with some fellow boarder whose side the landlady espoused — which landlady Lotty owed $20 for a months board, as she told me. How characteristic and peculiar are these waspishnesses in detail as contrasted with her real self-sacrifice and generosity towards Alleyne. Such apparent contradictions are, however, more common in life than we suppose. Talked half an hour with Mrs Duryee and her daughter. A girl recently from Georgia and other Southern regions, where she has been for some two or three years. Her mother seems kindly disposed towards Lotty — "nobody seems to care for her," says the woman. Poor Lotty! Poor little New York Phillina! Back to house,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-06-18

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Actors
Diaries
Theater
Women

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