|SINGER, WRITER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 2 Oct 1853, 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 W.H. Tucker from Virginia, who would become state senator in Wisconsin. Her mother was Lizzie Tucker-Roosevelt.
Blanche 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. Arthur Sullivan heard her when he on holiday in France in the summer of 1879 and on 31 Dec 1879 she became the first Mabel in New York in his "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Fifth Avenue Theatre.
She married the Marquis d'Alligri and she left the stage and turned to writing and journalism. She wrote novels and her "The Life of Gustave Doré" earned her a prize from the French Academy. She knew Guiseppe Verdi, Victorien Sardou and Doré and this helped her work as a foreign correspondent for American newspapers. Many persons observed her remarkable combination of beauty and intelligence.
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 her friend 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
was the lover of Maupassant, Henri René Albert Guy de
knew Verdi, Giuseppe
was visited by Wilde, Oscar
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 - Wikipedia
BLANCHE ROOSEVELT (1853 - 1898)