ACTRESS KATE BATEMAN - CDV – FREDRICKS NY
Cdv, 4" x 2 3/8, Charles Fredricks "Specialite" New York backmark.
Fine cond. (Cdvet.210); $65.
Kate Josephine Bateman (Mrs. Crowe) was an American actress. In March 1860, the sixteen year old Bateman was on stage in her mother's adaptation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline in New York City. This role launched Bateman to stardom. Bateman's "greatest dramatic triumph" as an actress, was her role in Leah the Forsaken, as the title character Leah. The play opened on January 19, 1863; it was extremely popular despite horrible reviews from dramatic critics. Bateman became identified with role of Leah, her emotional performance and "the bloodcurdling curse she hurled at her faithless Christian lover". She married George Crowe in 1866, then left the stage, but later revived Leah in 1868 at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Bateman left the stage again for several years due to a facial disfigurement caused by illness, but returned to the stage once more in 1891.