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Peg Woffington, Actress, 1745

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 day

It was here she met the famous actor David Garrick. For many years Peg Woffington had a very successful career. Her last performance was as Rosalind in As You Like It at Covent Garden on Tuesday May 3rd, 1757. She fell ill during the performance and never recovered. She died on 26 March 1760 at her home in Teddington.

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