See also:English actress, was
See also:born at
See also:Ipswich on the 22nd of
See also:November 1805 or 18o6 . Her
See also:maiden name was Goward, her
See also:father being a brazier and tinman . After some experience in the provinces, she first appeared on the stage in
See also:London on the 2nd of
See also:July 1825, in the
See also:opera Rosina . It was not long before she gave up " singing parts " in favour of the drama proper, where her
See also:powers of character-acting could have
See also:scope . In
See also:June 1829 she married Robert
See also:Keeley (1793–1869), an admirable comedian, with whom she had often appeared . Between 1832 and 1842 they acted at Covent
See also:Garden, at the Adelphi with
See also:Buckstone, at the Olympic with
See also:Charles Mathews, and at
See also:Drury Lane with Macready . In 1836 they visited
See also:America . In 1838 she made her first
See also:great success as Nydia, the
See also:blind girl, in a dramatized version of Bulwer
See also:Lytton's The Last Days of
See also:Pompeii, and followed this with an equally striking impersonation of Smike in
See also:Nicholas Nickleby . In 1839 came her decisive
See also:triumph with her picturesque and spirited acting as the hero of a
See also:play founded upon
See also:Sheppard . So dangerous was considered the popularity of the play, with its glorification of the prison-breaking felon, that the
See also:lord chamber-lain ultimately forbade the performance of any piece upon the subject . It is perhaps mainly as Jack Sheppard that Mrs Keeley lived in the memory of playgoers, despite her long subsequent career in plays more worthy of her remarkable gifts . Under Macready's management she played Nerissa in The
See also:Merchant of Venice, and Audrey in As You Like It .
She managed the
See also:Lyceum with her
See also:husband from 1844 to 1847; acted with
See also:Webster and
See also:Kean at the Haymarket; returned for five years to the Adelphi; and made her last
See also:regular public appearance at the Lyceum in 1859 . A public reception was given her at this theatre on her 9oth birthday . She died on the 12th of
See also:March 1899 . See Walter
See also:Goodman, The Keeleys on the Stage and off (London, 1895) .
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