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Lange, Anne Franchise Elizabeth

LANGE, ANNE FRANCHISE ELIZABETH (1772-1816), French actress, was born in Genoa on the 17th of September 1772, the daughter of a musician and an actress at the Comedie Italienne. She made her first appearance on the stage at Tours in 1 787 and a successful debut at the Comedie Francaise in 1 788 in L'Ecossaise and L'Oracle. She followed Talma and the others in 1791 to the Rue Richelieu, but returned after a few months to the Cojnedie Franchise. Here her talent and beauty gave her an enormous success in Francois de Neuchateau's Pamela, the performance of which brought upon the theatre the vials of wrath of the Committee of Safety. With the author and the other members of the caste, she was arrested and imprisoned. After the gth Thermidor she rejoined her comrades at the Feydeau, but retired on the 16th of December 1797, reappearing only for a few performances in 1807. She had, meantime, married the son of a rich Belgian named Simons. She died on the 25th of May 1816.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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