Stirling, Fanny

ACTOR (ENGLAND)
BORN 1815, London: Mayfair - DIED 28 Dec 1895, London
REAL NAME Kehl, Mary Anne
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (4W)

Fanny Stirling was the daughter of a certain Captain Kehl. She was educated in France and gained acting experience in the provinces before she came to London in 1832 where she appeared as Fanny Clifton.

Around 1835 she married the actor and theatre manager Edward Stirling. She appeared as Celia in "As You Like It" and as Sophia in "The Road to Ruin". She also appeared as Cordelia next to William Macready in "King Lear". In 1852 at the Haymarket she created the part of Peg Woffington in "Masks and Faces" by Reade and Taylor. Her husband retired in 1879, but during the 1880s Fanny enjoyed further successes in the theatre in Irving's productions of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Faust".

A few months after the death of her husband in 1894 she married the railroad engineer Sir Charles Hutton Gregory, thus becoming Lady Gregory. She died in December of the next year and was buried in Brompton Cemetery. In 1922 her grandson Percy Allen published her biography.

Family
• Husband: Gregory, Charles Hutton (1894-1895)

Events
11/10/1858"The Red Vial" by Wilkie Collins is produced at the Olympic Theatre. Frederick Robson was Hans Grimm and Fanny Stirling was Madame Bergman. Collins later used the plot for his novel "Jezebel's Daughter" (1880). It ran for four weeks. As far as known it wasn't performed again until Caroline Radcliffe staged it in 2011 with the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts of Birmingham University. [Collins, Wilkie]

Images

The grave of Fanny Stirling at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2017)

 

The grave of Sir Charles Hutton Gregory and Fanny Stirling at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2017)

 

Sources
Mary Anne Stirling - Wikipedia


Stirner, Max

Published: 10 Sep 2017
Last update: 14 Oct 2017