Dean, Julia (1830–1868)

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Dean, Julia (1830–1868)

American actress. Born on July 22, 1830, in Pleasant Valley (now Cahoonzie) near Port Jervis, Orange County, New York; died soon after childbirth in New York on March 6, 1868; buried with her infant daughter; daughter of Julia Drake Dean (d. 1832, an actress known for her work in Western theaters) and Edwin Dean (an actor-manager); niece of Frances Denny Drake (an actress); married Dr. Arthur P. Hayne (son of Senator Robert Y. Hayne of South Carolina), on January 21, 1855 (divorced); married James G. Cooper (a federal official in Utah Territory), 1865; children: (first marriage) Arthur Hayne; Julia Hayne; two others died in infancy.

An American actress, Julia Dean first appeared at the Bowery Theater as Julie in The Hunchback. The role was to remain her specialty. She was also the original Norma in Epes Sargent's Priestess and the original Leonora de Guzman , mistress of Alphonso XI, king of Castile, in Boker's tragedy Leonor de Guzman.

suggested reading:

James, Edward T., ed. Notable American Women. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1971.

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