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date: 26 January 2020

Clive [née Raftor], Kitty [Catherine]locked

  • Winton Dean

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[Catherine]

(b London, Nov 15, 1711; d Twickenham, Dec 6, 1785). Anglo-Irish soprano and actress. She received musical instruction from Henry Carey and in 1728 became a member of the Drury Lane company, until 1743, when she moved to Covent Garden for two unhappy seasons, returning to Drury Lane until her retirement from the stage in 1769. She sang in the first performance of Arne’s Alfred at Cliveden in 1740 and in De Fesch’s oratorio Joseph at Covent Garden in 1745. In 1733 she had married George Clive, a barrister, but the couple separated two years later. She had many literary friends, including Fielding, Johnson, Goldsmith, Garrick and Horace Walpole, on whose estate at Little Strawberry Hill she lived from about 1754. In character she was generous and loyal but quick tempered and sharp tongued.

Kitty Clive made her reputation in ballad opera. She enjoyed sensational success in Cibber’s ...

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A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 (Carbondale, IL, 1973-93)