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THOMPSON, Lydia (1838-1908)

English actress, dancer & vocalist. Née Eliza Hodges Thompson. Born 19 February 1838, London, England. Daughter of Philip Thompson (publican) and Eliza Cooper. Married (1) John Tilbury (ring master), 1863, (2) Alexander Henderson (manager), 1868. Died 17 November 1908, London, England, aged 70. Mother of Zeffie Tilbury (actress).

Popular and energetic performer in burlesque, pantomime and comic opera. Performed in theatres throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and was one of the first artistes to take a complete company to USA to great acclaim.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 225.

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