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Carlotta Leclercq, ??-1893

Nationality: English?
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Date of Death: 1893
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Carlotta Leclercq was an actress.

Life:

Carlotta Leclercq first appeared on stage at the age of 2. She was Columbine in one of Charles Kean's pantomimes at the Princess's Theatre. She was the Marchesa Maddalena in Palgrave Simpson's adaption of Scribe's Marco Spada, before making her reputation as Marguerite in Faust. After working for Kean she appeared for Phelps in The Merry Wives of Windsor in two different roles.

Her greatest fame came with Charles Fochter who took the Lyceum Theatre from 1863-1867 and the Adelphi from 1868-1869. She was one of the principal members of his company in their US tour of 1870-1877.

On returning to England she married the actor John Nelson and together they toured the provinces. On his death in 1879 she gradually relinquished the profession. It was in 1886 that her name appears in the Whistler correspondence. Her last appearances were in The Cabinet Minister at the Court and in Handfast at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Bibliography:

Times, London, 14 August 1893, p. 4.