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So far Drag King History has created 13 blog entries.

1870-1908 Ella Wesner

2019-07-22T05:06:57+00:00

Years active
1870-1908

Stage Name(s)
Ella Wesner

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1841 – 1917

Bio
Ella Wesner was from a family of ballet dancers and began her career in children’s ballet corps in Philadelphia (1).  Before she was thirty, and prior to her career as a male impersonator, she was […]

1870-1908 Ella Wesner2019-07-22T05:06:57+00:00

1864 – 1904 Annie Hindle

2019-07-22T05:04:20+00:00

Years active
1864-1904

Stage Name(s)
Annie Hindle

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1847- ca. 1904

Bio
Annie Hindle was the first male impersonator to appear on variety stages in the US.  She came to the US in 1868 arriving from England where she had gained performance experience at the English […]

1864 – 1904 Annie Hindle2019-07-22T05:04:20+00:00

1862-1901 Bessie Bonehill

2019-07-22T04:52:47+00:00

Years active
1862-1901

Stage Name(s)
Bessie Bonehill

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1855 – 1902

Bio
Bessie Bonehill claimed to be the first male impersonator in the English music halls and ‘is one of the first male impersonators who ventured into America variety’ (1). In 1889 she was invited by […]

1862-1901 Bessie Bonehill2019-07-22T04:52:47+00:00

1825 – 1859 Mary Anne Keeley

2019-06-29T00:29:55+00:00

Years active
1825 – 1859

Stage Name(s)
Mary Anne Keeley

Category
Breeches role, Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1805 – 1899

Bio

Mary Anne Keeley, well respected British actress, was best known for her portrayal of Jack Sheppard, London’s notorious short-lived thief and jail breaker who died in 1724 at the […]

1825 – 1859 Mary Anne Keeley2019-06-29T00:29:55+00:00

1815 – 1854 Madame Vestris

2019-06-29T20:24:16+00:00

Years active
1815 – 1854

Stage Name(s)
Madame Vestris

Category
Breeches role, En travesti

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1797 – 1856

Bio

In 1815, Madame Vestris began her stage career in the Italian opera II ratto di Proserpina by Peter Winter at the King’s Theatre. In 1820, she played her first breeches […]

1815 – 1854 Madame Vestris2019-06-29T20:24:16+00:00

1690 – 1705 Mademoiselle de Maupin

2019-11-08T04:43:51+00:00

Years active
1690 – 1705

Stage Name(s)
Mademoiselle de Maupin, La Maupin

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
France

Birth – Death
1673 – 1707

Bio

Mademoiselle de Maupin was born Julie D’Aubigny around the year 1673 in Paris, France. Despite living a mere 33 years, her life was filled with adventure, intrigue, danger and torrid […]

1690 – 1705 Mademoiselle de Maupin2019-11-08T04:43:51+00:00

1685 – 1723 Susanna Centlivre

2019-06-29T20:24:35+00:00

Years active
1685-1723

Stage Name(s)
Susanna Centlivre

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
United Kingdom, England

Day Birth – Day Death
c. 1669 – 1723

Bio
Susanna Centlivre was an actress, poet, and playwright. She was widely considered one of the most influential female playwrights of the eighteenth century. Several of her plays remained popular well […]

1685 – 1723 Susanna Centlivre2019-06-29T20:24:35+00:00

1681 – 1703 Susanna Verbruggen

2019-05-21T14:34:52+00:00

Years active
1681-1703

Stage Name(s)
Susanna Percival, Susanna Mountfort, Susanna Verbruggen

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1667–1703

Bio
Susanna Verbruggen was a successful and popular actress especially known for playing breeches roles during the English Restoration. Her acclaim was playing a stock character, the Restoration rake, which was a womanising […]

1681 – 1703 Susanna Verbruggen2019-05-21T14:34:52+00:00

1679 – 1709 Anne Bracegirdle

2019-05-14T05:51:37+00:00

Years active
1679 – 1709

Stage Name(s)
Anne Bracegirdle

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1673 – 1748

Bio
In 1679, Anne Bracegirdle began her acting career at the age of six playing the role of page boy in Mustapha, and in 1680, she again played the role of the page […]

1679 – 1709 Anne Bracegirdle2019-05-14T05:51:37+00:00