19th Century Czech-born actress famed for playing double role in stage adaptation of Dickens’ “Bleak House”
Description: (1829-1904) Czech-born stage actress, to America in 1867, debuted at New York City’s Academy of Music that year. She spoke no English, only German, often working with all English speaking casts. After 3 years from arriving in the US, she mastered enough English dialect to communicate with US audiences and made America her home.
Some of her performances, especially as Medea, were compared to the revered Italian tragedienne Adelaide Ristori. She became famous acting in great Shakespearean parts, particularly noted for playing Meg Merrilies, a role Charlotte Cushman made famous. In 1873, Janauschek starred in an adaptation of Dickens’ “Bleak House”, playing the heroine Lady Dedlock and her murderous French maid Hortense, demonstrating her range as an actress. She played this double role in touring companies for decades.
She was paralyzed by a stroke in 1900 and died in 1904 partially blind and bankrupt. Friends and actors gathered a collection to have her buried properly in Brooklyn’s Evergreen Cemetery; she had no known offspring.
4 ¾ x 7 ½ signed autograph album page (in-person signature) in purple ink, adds Boston, April 1877.
Condition: Very Good