Lotta Crabtree, 1847–1924, American actress, b. New York City. A protégée of Lola Montez, she became, while still a child, a favorite in California mining camps with her sprightly singing, dancing, and reciting. In 1867 she scored her first success in New York City in a dramatization of Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop, and thereafter she performed in burlesque and comic pieces, captivating large audiences. She retired in 1891.
See biography by D. Dempsey (1968).
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