Gardie, Anna (c. 1760–1798)

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Gardie, Anna (c. 1760–1798)

Dominican ballet dancer. Born c. 1760, in Santa Domingo, in Dominican Republic; died July 20, 1798, in New York, NY; married a French music copyist.

Immigrated to US (1790s) and soon made American stage debut in Philadelphia, in La Föret Noire; appeared mainly on New York stages for remainder of career including with Old American Company in Sophia de Brabant or The False Friend (1794), Harlequin's Animation or the Triumph of Mirth (1795), The Bird Catcher (1796), and more; was stabbed to death by husband in what was considered murder-suicide (1798).