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January 11, 2013

Patti Rosa (fl. 1880s/1890s),
American actress, dancer and singer,
‘The Talented Little Soubrette’
(photo: Anderson, New York, late 1880s)

Patti Rosa at the Jodrell Theatre, London, January 1889
‘Patti Rosa, after much preliminary puffing, and accompanied by a newspaper called the Patti Rosa Illustrated News, of which copies were given away on the first night, has made her appearance at the hitherto unlucky Jodrell. Bob, the hotchpotch she appears in, is not a remarkable work of dramatic art; but it is a filling vehicle for the eccentricities, peculiarities, and whimsicalities of the fair and plump Patti, who sings, dances, coquettes, and banjoes her way into the good graces of a few easily-pleased Americans. In her line of business she is, however, what is called “clever.”’
(The Man of the World, London, Saturday, 12 January 1889, p. 10b)

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