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Pattie Oliver

(1834-1880), Actress

Martha Cranmer ('Pattie') Oliver

Sitter in 5 portraits
Oliver was the daughter of a scene-painter, and she appeared on stage for the first time when she was just six years old. She made her London début when she was thirteen. She became the leading actress in comedy and burlesque for several seasons at the Strand Theatre, where her parts included Amy Robsart in Ye Queen, ye Earl, and ye Maiden. Oliver became manager of the New Royalty Theatre in 1866 and opened with a revival of Taylor's The Ticket-of-Leave Man. Later that year she staged the hugely successful burlesque The Latest Edition of Black-Eyed Susan, or, The Little Bill that was Taken Up. The piece had an unprecedented run of over four hundred performances.

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Pattie Oliver, by Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(42)

Pattie Oliver

by Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, late 1850s
NPG P301(42)

Pattie Oliver, by Heath & Beau - NPG x193205

Pattie Oliver

by Heath & Beau
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861-1863
NPG x193205

Pattie Oliver, by Ernest Edwards - NPG x21681

Pattie Oliver

by Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863-1867
NPG x21681

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Susanne Holt

20 March 2016, 18:17

Martha Cranmer Oliver was the daughter of John Cranmer Penson, an actor and theatre manager who lived for some years with her mother, the actress Ann Oliver in Salisbury. Her sister was Frances Cranmer Oliver who married the actor Frederick Hastings Bullen in Dublin in 1848. Their daughter, Kate Hastings, married Martha's widower, William Charles Phillips the auctioneer of New Bond Street after she died in 1880.

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