Thompson, Lydia


Thompson, Lydia
(1836-1908)
   London-born Lydia Thompson toured to New York in 1868 with her "British Blondes" and generated major excitement with a series of burlesque musicals, including Ixion (1868), Ernani (1868), The Forty Thieves (1869), and Sinbad the Sailor (1869), in which Thompson played the breeches role to show off her well-contoured figure. Some critics found her performances scandalous, but others commented favorably on her beauty and skill at comedy. The popularity of Thompson's entertainments led to American imitators and she toured frequently to the United States, making her last New York appearance in The Crust of Society (1894).

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