Peg Woffington was born
some time between 1714 and 1718. Her mother
was widowed when Peg was young and she grew
up in Dublin in great poverty.
Her first appearance on
stage was in Dublin with a children’s
troupe called the Lilliputians, managed by a
Frenchwoman named Madame Violante.
She made a successful career on the Dublin stage.
However, in 1740, she went to London and soon
became one of the most famous actresses of her