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MACKENZIE, Hettie, actress, born about 1810; died in Nashville, Tennessee, in February. 1845. She was a daughter of Joseph Jefferson, the second of that name, but was not educated by her father for the stage, and in 1829 married Alexander Mackenzie, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania In 1831 Mr. Jefferson persuaded his son-in-law to unite with him in taking a lease of certain theatres in Lancaster and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D. C. In consequence of this arrangement Mrs. Mackenzie made her first appearance in the "Mountaineers." She then turned her attention to the portrayal of old women, and in Washington and Baltimore was unusually successful in such characters as Mrs. Malaprop, Lady Priory, and Lady Brumbach. Being able to learn new parts quickly she was often called upon to play the Queen in "Hamlet," Lady Allworth, or Lady Rachel, to accommodate the management. On 10 September, 1837, Mrs. Mackenzie enacted Helen in the "Hunchback" in Chicago, and this was the first theatrical exhibition there. In 1841 she played in Natchez, Vicksburg, and Mobile, and in 1843 in New Orleans.
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