Clara T. Bracy

Clara T. Bracy (1 January 1848 – 22 February 1941) was an English stage and silent film actress. Bracy was born Clara Thompson in London, England. Her father was Philip Thompson (c. 1801–1842), and her mother was Eliza (née Cooper). Her father owned the Sheridan Knowles, a public house in London. Thompson was one of three surviving children, including actress Lydia Thompson. Her father died in 1842, and her mother remarried Edward Hodges. In September 1873, Bracy and her husband, tenor Henry Bracy, travelled to Australia to perform in Jacques Offenbach's operetta Lischen et Fritzchen at the Theatre Royal in Melbourne, They continued in various parts in Australia before being engaged by Irish musical impresario William Saurin Lyster to lead a season of French operetta. For Lyster, they performed in operettas for five years, including in Lecocq's La fille de Madame Angot and Giroflé Girofla. Offenbach pieces included The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, La belle Hélène, Barbe-bleue, La Périchole, La princesse de Trébizonde and The Brigands, and Hervé's Chilpéric was given. These were followed by the first Australian production of Les cloches de Corneville.


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