"Fanny Kemble"

Fanny Kemble
Public DomainFanny Kemble - Credit: Library of Congress
Born into a theatrical family Fanny Kemble had a glittering career on the London stage until she moved to the US where she married a plantation owner in 1834. Horrified by the conditions of her husband's slaves she became a fierce abolitionist, got a divorce and returned to the stage in 1847. She moved back to London in 1877 where she became an inspiration to Henry James, a leading light on the London social scene, and Grien's employer.