Drew, Mrs. John


Drew, Mrs. John
(1820-1897)
   Daughter of actors Thomas Frederick and Eliza Trenter Lane, Louisa Lane took to the provincial stage as a child following her father's death, making her debut in The Spoiled Child (1828) and impressing audiences by playing five characters in Twelve Precisely. She acted opposite Junius Brutus Booth in Richard III and Edwin Forrest in William Tell and Macbeth. She married for the third time to John Drew (1827-1862), a Shakespearean actor, in 1850. He managed the Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia and, following his death, Lane, billed as Mrs. John Drew, managed the theatre for 30 years and continued to act into the 1890s, most notably in Shakespearean roles and Restoration comedies, scoring a particular success as Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals.

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