- (1858-1898)Brooklyn-born Annie Shea spent her youth in San Francisco in supporting roles to touring stars Joseph Jefferson III in Rip Van Winkle and McKee Rankin in The Danites in the 1870s, taking her stepfather's surname as her stage name. Pix-ley made her Eastern debut in Philadelphia in H.M.S. Pinafore, but gained fame (and favorable comparisons with Lotta Crabtree) as an Irish soubrette in operettas and light comedies (with musical sequences) such as M'liss, the Child of Sorrow (1878), Zara (1873), Eily (1885), The Deacon's Daughter (1887), and Kate (1890).
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