Alfreda Chippendale

Alfreda Chippendale Biography

Alfreda "Alfy" Chippendale (1842 " November 9, 1887) was an American stage actress who appeared on the stage in the United States and England.

Early life

Born Alfreda Schoolcraft in New Orleans, Louisiana into a family of actors and artists. She was reportedly the grandniece of President Zachary Taylor through her mother, Mathilda Schoolcraft.

Her father, Henry R. Schoolcraft was an actor who appeared in shows in Mobile, Alabama and at Crisp's Gaiety Theater in New Orleans and who despite his death in 1854, saw to it that his son Luke Schoolcraft and his daughters Jane and Alfreda all pursued careers in theater. Alfreda and Jane performed sketches as a pair in local variety theater.

Alfreda married William B. Chippendale, scion of a famous English acting family headed by William Henry Chippendale about 1860. Her husband joined the Confederate Army as Second Lieutenant of the Louisiana 30th Infantry. He died in 1864 at the Battle of Ezra Church near Atlanta, Georgia.

Acting career

Even as her husband was serving in the Confederate Army, Alfreda was appearing on the Northern stage. She appeared at the Winter Garden in New York City as Nanette in the burlesque Camille in June 1863. She also appeared as Sally in The Eton Boy that same season before appearing at the Griswold Opera House in Troy, New York in 1864-65. Chippendale appeared in Louisville, Kentucky in 1865 before returning to New Orleans in 1866.

In the early 1870s, Chippendale was traveling with the Irwin Selden Combination when she married its proprieter William Calder on December 8, 1872 in St. Charles County, Missouri. She went on to appear as Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin in New York City and such was the acclaim that she and her husband were engaged to appear on stage in England in the same roles. They sailed on August 3, 1878 and subsequently they appeared in London in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rip Van Winkle. Later, Chippendale and Calder performed in The White Slave and The Shadows of a Great City.


Alfy Chippendale died in Lancashire on November 9, 1887.

This webpage uses material from the Wikipedia article "Alfreda_Chippendale" and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Reality TV World is not responsible for any errors or omissions the Wikipedia article may contain.



Page generated in 0.29303693771362 seconds