- Sophia Baddeley
name = Sophia Baddeley
caption = Mrs Baddeley in the role of
Joan of Arc
birth_date = 1745
death_date = 1786
Early life, musical career
As a child she was trained by her father for a future musical career. At the age of eighteen she eloped with the actor
Robert Baddeley, then on the stage at Drury Lane. She made her first appearance as an actressthere on the April 27 1765, as Ophelia in " Hamlet." She also played Cordelia and Imogen and later Olivia. In 1769, she joined David Garrick's theatre company when he staged the Stratford Jubilee. More noted as a talented singer than an actress, she obtained engagements at Ranelegh and Vauxhall to public acclaim.
Life as a courtesan
At the height of her success and after separating from her husband in 1770, she discovered that she could sustain herself financially by finding wealthy benefactors, establishing herself as a courtesan to them. She was famous for her beauty, and was also noted for her extravagant lifestyle. Her overspending and ultimate failure in managing her finances eventually obliged her to take refuge from her creditors in
Dublin, Irelandand later Edinburgh, Scotland. Her benefactors gone, and her own health in decline, she made her last appearance on the stage in Edinburghin 1785.
*Steele, Elizabeth (6 Vols., 1787). "Memoirs of Mrs. Sophia Baddeley "
*Hickman, Katie (2003). " Courtesans: Money, Sex and Fame in the Nineteenth Century "
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