Crabtree, Lotta


Crabtree, Lotta

▪ American actress
in full  Charlotte Crabtree 
born Nov. 7, 1847, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died Sept. 25, 1924, Boston, Mass.
 American actress whose early days as an entertainer during the California Gold Rush led to her immense popularity as the darling of the American stage and in England.

      Crabtree grew up from the age of four in California, where her father moved the family during the Gold Rush of the early 1850s. At the Grass Valley mining camp she met Lola Montez (Montez, Lola), who taught her a bit of dancing and stagecraft, and in 1855 she first performed before an audience of miners. Crabtree's lively, diminutive figure immediately captivated the audience, and with her mother she then toured the wild camps of California. In 1859 she began appearing in variety theatres in and around San Francisco, where her singing, dancing, and melodramatic roles, many written for her, kept her in the limelight.

      Crabtree's first acting role was in Loan of a Lover, performed in Petaluma, California. She made her New York City debut in 1864 with little success; after three years of touring the country, however, she returned in Little Nell and the Marchioness, adapted for her from Charles Dickens (Dickens, Charles)'s The Old Curiosity Shop, and was a sensation. From then until her retirement in 1891, she enjoyed huge popularity at home and in England. Her infectious gaiety, occasionally saucy manner, and perennially winsome, childlike appearance made Crabtree, most often known simply as Lotta, a versatile performer and ranked her in the forefront of the emerging theatre of burlesque extravaganza. From 1870 she toured with her own company in plays that showcased her unique talents. Among her most popular roles were those she played in Firefly, Hearts Ease, Topsy, The Little Difference, Musette, Mam'zelle, Nitouche, and Zip. Crabtree left the stage in 1891 and lived in quiet retirement at her estate on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.

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