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Frances Anne (Fanny) Kemble (1809–1834)
Frances Anne (Fanny) Butler (1835–1848)
Frances Anne (Fanny) Kemble (1849–1893)


Actress and author. Toured America from 1831. Married American plantation owner Pierce Butler in 1834; divorced, 1848. Acted occasionally when visiting England and became a successful monologist. An abolitionist; published her account of living on a Georgia slave plantation in 1838–9 when she finally retired from performing in 1863.






DAB: Dictionary of American biography. Under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. 20 vols., index, and 10 supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons; Simon & Schuster Macmillan. London: Oxford University Press; Humphrey Milford. 1928–95.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.