By Philip H. Highfill Kalman A. Burnim Edward A. Langhans
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Extra info for A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Volume 2
His last recorded role, about January 1672, was again Caesar. Summers, citing no evidence, states that Bell was homosexual. On 25 January 1672 the Bridges Street Theatre burned and Bell was killed in the fire. The parish registers of St Paul, Covent Garden, list a double burial on 27 January for Richard Bell and Frances, daughter of Richard Chaceapparently another victim of the disaster. Bell, Thomas d. 1743, singer. Thomas Bell, a countertenor, was paid £11 10s. per quarter for performing at the Cannos concerts sometime during the period 171720.
Calcraft amassed a huge fortune and settled George Anne in a palatial house in Parliament Square, with £2500 a year for housekeeping. When she discovered that he really had been married for some years to a woman at Grantham, still alive, George Anne claimed she fell perilously ill, to the point where she gave confession. But she recovered and the medical bills cost Calcraft £900. This event probably occurred in 175657, a season in which she gave only one performance, as Almeria in The Mourning Bride on 31 March.
Henry Calcraft was a gambler and wastrel in his youth though eventually he had a distinguished career as a Lieutenant General in the East India Company. George Metham also followed a military career but settled in Jamaica. George Anne lived off loans and gifts, often being victimized by creditors' suits and foreclosures. In a letter to Jane Pope on 26 February 1779, the former actress Kitty Clive, by then so Page 18 amiably situated at Strawberry Hill, remembered that Mrs Bellamy used "to have 22 new different changes of mourning for the late prince of Wales and who I suppose has not one rag of them left to mourn her own sins.
A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. Volume 2 by Philip H. Highfill Kalman A. Burnim Edward A. Langhans