Booth, Agnes (1843–1910)

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Booth, Agnes (1843–1910)

Australian-American actress. Born Marian Agnes Land Rookes in Sydney, Australia, on October 4, 1843 (some sources cite 1846); died in 1910; married Harry Perry, in 1861 (died 1863); married Junius Brutus Booth, the younger (an actor), in 1867 (died 1883); married John B. Schoeffel (her manager), in 1885.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Agnes Booth joined a dance troupe at 14 and arrived in San Francisco the following year. She would remain in America for the rest of her life. In 1867, she married her second husband Junius Brutus Booth, the younger (elder brother of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth), and joined Edwin Booth's theater company in New York where she played supporting roles to Edwin, as well as Edwin Forrest, E.A. Sothern, and Lawrence Barrett. In 1890, while with Palmer's Company, she played leads at Madison Square Theater in New York. Booth had a home in New York and a home in Manchester-by-the-Sea on the Massachusetts coast.