Frances Maria Kelly

1790-1882; neice of Michael Kelly; actress and singer; friend of the Charles Lamb, who proposed marriage to her and celebrated her acting in two sonnets, afterwards remaining friendly; appeared at Drury Lane aged seven; impressed Sheridan, Fox, and Mrs. Siddons by her Arthur (in King John); Drury Lane and Italian Opera, 1800-06; remained at Drury Lane from reopening, 1812-35; Ophelia to Edmund Kean’s Hamlet, &c.; opening acting school in retirement, forming basis of later Royalty dramatic school; gave readings and monologues; excelled in melodrama. ODNB