Charlotte Cushman (1816-1876): America’s First International Star

Who was America’s most famous Romeo? Who made Lady Macbeth more important than Macbeth? Join Martha Vicinus, Eliza M. Mosher Distinguished University Professor Emerita of English, Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Michigan, as she discusses Boston’s own actress, Charlotte Cushman, triumphed against all expectations in America and Britain. She grew up in the North End and at 16 she launched her career at the Tremont Theatre. Her powerful interpretations of tragic heroes and suffering heroines drew crowds from every social class. From the beginning she showed no interest in men; instead she had numerous affairs with women. This talk will examine why she became so famous and how she managed a career marked by repeated theatrical success and complicated personal failures.

When: Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: North End Branch Library