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BATEMAN, Kate Josephine, actress, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 7 October 1842. Her father, H. L. Bateman, was a well-known theatrical manager, and her mother, Frances, an actress, manager, and the author of several dramas. Kate and her sister Ellen (Mrs. Greppo) were educated for the stage from childhood. The two girls made their first appearance, when Kate was only three years old, at Louisville, Kentucky, in "The Babes in the Wood," and for ten years played together as "The Bate-man Children." Miss Bateman retired from the stage in 1856, but reappeared on 19 March 1860, as Evangeline in her mother's drama of that name at Winter Garden, New York. In December 1862, she appeared in Boston as Leah, a part in which she has made her reputation, and which she played in all the large cities of the United States. Her first appearance abroad was made on 1 October 1863, at the Adelphi theatre, London, where "Leah" had a run of 211 nights. After a provincial tour and a reappearance at the Adelphi as Julia in the "Hunchback," Miss Bateman took a farewell of the English public at her Majesty's theatre, in the character of Juliet, 22 December 1865. In October 1866, she married George Crowe, formerly editor of the " London News." She returned to the stage in 1868, and in 1872 made a success in "Medea." In March 1875, Miss Bateman's father, who had been for some years manager of the Lyceum theatre, died, and her mother continued the management, opening the season with a revival of "Macbeth," in which Miss Bateman and Henry Irving took the principal parts. In April 1876, she took the title ro1e in Tennyson's "Queen Mary," which, though an artistic success, proved a failure financially. Some time after this Miss Bateman became lessee of the Sadler's Wells theatre. Her sisters, Isabel and Virginia Frances, are also actresses.*Isabel, who was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, 28 December 1854, was educated in England, appeared on the stage in Liverpool when fifteen years of age, and has played Juliet, Lady Teazle, Portia, and Pauline.
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