Elizabeth Barry  

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Elizabeth Barry (1658November 7, 1713) was an English actress who worked in big, prestigious London theatre companies throughout her successful career.

A frequently repeated anecdote holds that the seventeen-year-old Barry at first performed so unskillfully that she was fired from the company several times, but was transformed into a brilliant actress by the coaching of her lover, the Earl of Rochester. While multiple sources confirm that Rochester was Barry's lover, the only source for the coaching story is a Life of Barry published in 1740—65 years after the events— by Edmund Curll, well-known for his fanciful and inaccurate biographies.




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