Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Holbrook, Ann Catherine

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HOLBROOK, ANN CATHERINE (1780–1837), actress, daughter of Thomas Jackson, a comedian, played with success such characters as Juliet, Roxana, and Alicia before she was eighteen. On her father's death in 1798 she obtained an engagement with a provincial company at Lewes in Sussex. She soon married at Battle an actor named Holbrook, belonging to the same company. They acted together with provincial companies in various towns, and after completing an engagement under Macready in Manchester Mrs. Holbrook published there a pamphlet entitled ‘Memoirs of an Actress’ (8vo, 1807), in which she gave many details of their varied fortunes. She died in London in January 1837. Other works from her pen are: 1. ‘The Dramatist, or Memoirs of the Stage, with the Life of the Authoress,’ Birmingham, 1809. 2. ‘Tales, Serious and Instructive,’ Uttoxeter, 1821. 3. ‘Constantine Castriot, an Historical Tale,’ Rugeley, 1829. 4. ‘Realities and Reflections. A Series of Original Tales, &c.,’ 4th ed. 12mo, Thame, 1834.

[Gent. Mag., May 1837, p. 553; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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