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Dion Boucicault (1820-1890), Actor and playwright; father of Darley George Boucicault (Dion Boucicault Jr)
Dion Boucicault (Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot)
Sitter in 6 portraits
Dion Boucicault was an Irish-American playwright and actor, and was a major influence on the form and content of American drama. Educated in England, he began acting in 1837. His first play was rejected but his second, London Assurance (1841), was a huge success. In 1853 Boucicault moved to New York, where his plays and adaptations were extremely popular. He led a movement of playwrights that in 1856 produced the first copyright law for drama in the United States. His play The Octoroon; or, Life in Louisiana (1859) caused a sensation with its implied attack on slavery. Boucicault's concern with social themes prefigured the future development of drama in both Europe and America.