Anne Oldfield

Oldfield, Anne, 1683–1730, English actress. The successor of Mrs. Bracegirdle, she first won acclaim in 1704 for her brilliant portrayal of Lady Modish in Colley Cibber's Careless Husband. She had a triumphant career in both tragedy and comedy, being noted for her majestic and powerful style. Her portrayal of Jane Shore in Rowe's drama was particularly admired. She is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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