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Lavinia Fenton


FENTON, LAVINIA (1708I 760), English actress, was probably the daughter of a naval lieutenant named Beswick, but she bore the name of her mother's husband. Her first appearance was as Monimia in Otway's Orphans, in 1726 at the Haymarket. She then joined the company of players at the theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields. She made her greatest success as Polly Peachum in The Beggar's Opera. Hogarth's picture shows her in one of the scenes, witn the duke of Bolton in a box. She ran away with Charles Paulet, 3rd duke of Bolton, a man much older than herself, who, after the death of his wife in 1751, married her. She died on Jan. 24, 176o.

See C. E. Pearce, Polly Peachum (1913) .