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"Tomalin presents a sympathetically and painstaking docubiography of Dora Jordan (1761-1816), one of the most acclaimed British comic and comi-tragedy actresses of her day, rivaled in abilty only by Mrs. Siddons. Dora's talent, industry, generosity, and loving nature formed her tragic flaw; illegitimate herself, powerlessly taken advantage of by men of higher social status, she attracted Prince William, who became Duke of Clarence, and lived with him as surrogate spouse through 20 years and ten children. Her earnings as an actress staunched his debts. He abandoned her to make a royal marriage, leaving her in poverty and illness in France. Upon becoming King William IV in 1830, one of his first acts was to commission a statue of her."
- Library Journal

"Distinguished biographer Tomalin traverses an interesting juncture of British theatrical and political history by providing a substantial biography of the famous eighteenth-century actress, Mrs. Jordan, who was also the mistress of the third son of King George III, living openly with him for 20 years and supplying him with 10 illegitimate children. Based largely on Mrs. Jordan's letters, this admirably researched and presented biography limns a life Tomalin admires: an "unmarried working mother," who picked herself up from provincial poverty to enjoy fame on the London stage and association with royalty without ever losing the naturalness that made her such an attractive person."
- Booklist

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Hardback 1994.

414 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

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