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So far Drag King History has created 38 blog entries.

1864 – 1875 Eugenie Fiocre

2020-02-25T01:26:01+00:00

Years active
1864 – 1975

Stage Name(s)
Eugenie Fiocre

Category
En Travasti

Country of Origin
France

Birth – Death
1845 – 1908

Bio

Eugenie Fiocre was a principal ballet dancer in the Paris Opera. She was known for her beauty, grace and talent. She often took on male roles called en travesti due to the shortage […]

1864 – 1875 Eugenie Fiocre2020-02-25T01:26:01+00:00

1864 – 1904 Annie Hindle

2020-02-25T01:26:51+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 Hindle2020-02-25T01:26:51+00:00

1862-1901 Bessie Bonehill

2020-02-25T01:28:08+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 Bonehill2020-02-25T01:28:08+00:00

1825 – 1859 Mary Anne Keeley

2020-02-25T01:29:56+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 Keeley2020-02-25T01:29:56+00:00

1815 – 1854 Madame Vestris

2020-02-25T01:30:39+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 Vestris2020-02-25T01:30:39+00:00

1791-1795 Euphrosyne Löf

2020-09-21T23:08:25+00:00

Years active
1791-1795

Stage Name // Legal/Birth Name
Euphrosyne Löf

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
Sweden

Day Birth – Day Death
1772-1828

Bio
In 1791, Euphrosyne Löf made her successful stage debut at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden. Euphrosyne was among one of the first well-known Swedish actresses to play a breeches role. […]

1791-1795 Euphrosyne Löf2020-09-21T23:08:25+00:00

1790 – 1800 Lisette Stenberg

2020-09-21T23:46:03+00:00

Years active
1790 – 1800

Stage Name(s)
Lisette Stenberg

Category
Breeches Role

Country of Origin
Sweden

Birth – Death
1770 – 1847

Bio
Lisette Stenberg was a Swedish opera singer, stage actress and pianist. In 1790, she took on a breeches role as Marquis Razilli in Bertin d’Antilly’s play L’Anglais à Paris to great acclaim. Lisette […]

1790 – 1800 Lisette Stenberg2020-09-21T23:46:03+00:00

1787 – 1810 Inga Aberg

2020-09-21T23:07:07+00:00

Years active
1787 – 1810

Stage Name(s)
Inga Aberg

Category
Breeches Role

Country of Origin
Sweden

Birth – Death
1773 – 1837

Bio
Inga Aberg was a Swedish actress in The Royal Dramatic Theatre and an opera singer in The Royal Swedish Opera between 1787 to 1810. On May 31, 1787 at the age of fourteen, […]

1787 – 1810 Inga Aberg2020-09-21T23:07:07+00:00

1785 – 1811 Elisabet Forsselius

2020-09-21T23:04:16+00:00

Years active
1785 – 1811

Stage Name(s)
Elisabet Forsselius, Elisabet Haeffner, Elisabet Fahlgren

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
Sweden

Birth – Death
1771 – 1850

Bio

Elisabet Forsselius was a Swedish actress and opera singer who belonged to the esteemed group of performers who began The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden in 1788 led […]

1785 – 1811 Elisabet Forsselius2020-09-21T23:04:16+00:00

1690 – 1705 Mademoiselle de Maupin

2020-02-25T01:31:26+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 Maupin2020-02-25T01:31:26+00:00

1685 – 1723 Susanna Centlivre

2020-09-24T00:39:36+00:00

Years active
1685-1723

Stage Name(s)
Susanna Centlivre

Category
Breeches Roles

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

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 into […]

1685 – 1723 Susanna Centlivre2020-09-24T00:39:36+00:00

1681 – 1703 Susanna Verbruggen

2020-02-25T01:32:58+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 Verbruggen2020-02-25T01:32:58+00:00

1679 – 1709 Anne Bracegirdle

2020-02-25T01:33:34+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 Bracegirdle2020-02-25T01:33:34+00:00

1603-1629 Izumo no Okuni

2020-12-30T16:51:42+00:00

Years active
1603 – c.1629

Stage Name(s)
Izumo no Okuni 出雲阿国

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
Japan

Birth – Death
1572 – Unknown

Bio

Izumo no Okuni was an alternative performer who dressed as an outsider man (in Japanese : Kabuki mono / 傾奇者, the one leaning to the weird side). Okuni led her own […]

1603-1629 Izumo no Okuni2020-12-30T16:51:42+00:00

1279 – 1368 A.D. Yuan Dynasty

2020-02-25T01:34:09+00:00

Years active
1279-1368 A.D. Yuan Dynasty

Stage Name(s)
Lao Sheng (old man), Xiao Sheng (young man), Wu Sheng (warrior)

Category
Male Impersonators

Country of Origin
China

Birth – Death
N/A

Bio
The Yuan Dynasty (1279–1369 A. D.) was a prolific era for female performers in the Chinese Opera. Fortunately for us, fourteenth century theatre enthusiast, Xia […]

1279 – 1368 A.D. Yuan Dynasty2020-02-25T01:34:09+00:00

960 – 1279 A.D. Song Dynasty

2020-02-25T01:34:50+00:00

Years active
960-1279 A.D. Song Dynasty

Category
Male Impersonators

Country of Origin
China

Birth – Death
NA

Bio
Through paintings and poetry from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) we can confirm that women played prominent roles in Chinese Opera whether as performers or musicians. Figure 4.5 is an illustration of female performers from the […]

960 – 1279 A.D. Song Dynasty2020-02-25T01:34:50+00:00

618 – 907 A.D. Tang Dynasty

2020-02-25T01:35:57+00:00

Years active
618-907 A.D. Tang Dynasty

Stage Name(s)
Lao Sheng (old man), Xiao Sheng (young man), Wu Sheng (warrior)

Category
Male Impersonators

Country of Origin
China

Birth – Death
N/A

Bio
With great acclaim, we begin Drag King History with the first known presentation of male impersonation which occurred during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in Chinese […]

618 – 907 A.D. Tang Dynasty2020-02-25T01:35:57+00:00
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