|SINGER, WRITER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 2 Oct 1858, Sandusky, Ohio - DIED 10 Sep 1898, London|
REAL NAME Tucker, Blanche Roosevelt
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton
Blanche Roosevelt came from Sandusky, Ohio, and was the daughter
of Senator Tucker of Wisconsin. She came to Europe to study
music and became the first American to sing Italian opera at
Covent Garden. In 1876 she shared the principal role in "La
Traviata" with Adelina Patti. On 31 Dec 1879 she became the
first Mabel in New York in "The Pirates of Penzance" at the
Fifth Avenue Theatre.|
Apart from singing, she also wrote novels and her "The Life of Gustave Doré" earned her a prize from the French Academy. She married the Marquis d'Alligri. She knew Guiseppe Verdi, Victorien Sardou and Gustav Doré. In 1884 she became the mistress of Guy de Maupassant and in 1886 she was together with him in London. In 1887 she dedicated a book to the writer Wilkie Collins.
She spent the last part of her life in the South of France. In Monte Carlo she was seriously injured in a carriage accident in 1897 and she never fully recovered and died in London in 1898. There's still a great statue of her at her tomb at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Works: "The home life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" (1882); "Stage-struck, or; She would be an Opera Singer" (novel, 1884); "Life and Reminiscences of Gustave Dore" (1885).
was a friend of Collins, Wilkie
knew Doré, Gustave
knew Verdi, Giuseppe
Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Londoners, Robson Books, London, 1991
Peters, Catherine, The King of Inventors, A Life of Wilkie Collins, Seeker & Warburg, London, 1991
BLANCHE ROOSEVELT (1853 - 1898)