Biography and History

Davenport first performed on stage at the age of eight. As an adult she performed in Philadelphia at the Arch Street Theatre, then with Augustin Daly's company at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York, acting in revivals, new plays, Shakespeare, and other plays. Around 1877 Davenport formed her own company with which she toured around the country. From 1883 to 1895 she also appeared in four plays, Fedora , Gismonda , Tosca ,and Cleopatra , by the French dramatist Victorien Sardou in roles originally performed by Sarah Bernhardt.

Source: From the finding aid for TC108