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HORTENSE RHEA - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED 1886 - HFSID 142014

HORTENSE RHEA The Belgian actress quotes Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, the role that helped her learn English. Dated 1886 Autograph quotation signed: "Rhea", in black ink, 4¼x3½. Quote: "I was born to speak all mirth!" from Much Ado About Nothing

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HORTENSE RHEA
The Belgian actress quotes Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, the role that helped her learn English. Dated 1886
Autograph quotation signed: "Rhea", in black ink, 4¼x3½. Quote: "I was born to speak all mirth!" from Much Ado About Nothing. Belgian actress Hortense Rhea (born Hortense Barbe Loret, 1844-1899), reportedly a striking beauty, began acting in 1865 at the insistence of actor Charles Fechter as a way to make a career for herself. She studied acting in Paris, making her debut in the play Fairy Fingers. Rhea then had an interest in not only learning, but performing, in English. She studied the text for the role of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing until she felt confident in her skills, making her English debut in 1881. She then traveled to America and performed for several years to much popularity, despite the fact that her English was mostly unintelligible. However, after falling ill in 1899, she decided to return to France to recover, and passed away shortly after. Heavily toned. Corners slightly worn. Stained on top margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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