Cigarette card for the week ending
Saturday, 15 November 2008

Laura Don (1852-1886),
American actress

Laura Don

Laura Don
who died on 10 February 1886

(lithograph by Heppenheimer & Maurer, New York, early 1880s)

This colour lithograph cigarette card, featuring a portrait (probably after a photograph) of the American actress Laura Don was issued in New York in the early 1880s with Thomas H. Hall's 'Between the Acts' cigarettes.

'THE DRAMA IN AMERICA.
'(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
'NEW YORK, November 19 [1881]. . . .
'My Mother-in-Law will be done first in Washington. Miss Laura Don, who went to England with Frank Mayo two years ago, will play the leading role. Miss Don is a clever actress, a pretty woman, a portrait painter of reputation, and wields a graceful pen. She has lately completed an original play called A Daughter of the Nile, which competent judges pronounce one of the best American plays yet written.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 3 December 1881, p. 4c) 'Annie Laura Fish, afterward Mrs. George S. Fox, but better known to the theatrical world as Laura Don, died at Greenwich, N.Y., last week, surrounded by her parents, husband and friends. She was one of the most beautiful, talented and accomplished women of her day.'
(The Daily Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tuesday, 23 February 1886, p. 4d)

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