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DAME GENEVIEVE WARD - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED - HFSID 304748

DAME GENEVIEVE WARD "Cheerfulness is the sunny ray of life," observes the singer and actress Autograph Quotation signed: "'Cheerfulness is the sunny/ray of life/(Seneca)/Genevieve Ward", 4½x3½ card.

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DAME GENEVIEVE WARD
"Cheerfulness is the sunny ray of life," observes the singer and actress
Autograph Quotation signed: "'Cheerfulness is the sunny/ray of life/(Seneca)/Genevieve Ward", 4½x3½ card. Genevieve Ward (1837-1922), the granddaughter of New York Mayor Gideon Lee, received her musical education in Europe, and appeared on Italian opera stages in the late 1850s, with soprano roles in Stella di Napoli, Lucrezia Borgia and Don Giovanni. Having become through marriage the Countess of Guerbel in 1856, she employed the stage name Ginevra de Guerrabella. She sang Robin Hood in London in 1861, and La Traviata in New York in 1862. Illness ruined her voice in the latter year, so she taught music in New York for a decade. In 1873, however, she returned to London stages in dramatic roles, beginning with Lady Macbeth. A long acting career followed. Ward was most famous for her portrayal of Stephanie de Mohrivart in Forget-Me-Not, making the first of over 2,000 appearances in that role in 1879. She was still performing Shakespearean character roles in 1920 and 1921, and was honored with a DBE in the latter year. Pencil note (unknown hand) at bottom left corner. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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