Louisa Lane Drew
British actor
Louisa Lane Drew
Louisa Lane Drew was an American actress and theatre owner of British. Drew was born Louisa Lane in London, England, the daughter of Eliza Trentner, an actress, and William Haycraft Lane, an actor and stage manager. She and her third husband John Drew were the parents of Louisa Drew (1852–1888), John Drew, Jr. and Georgie Drew (Barrymore). She had no children from her first two marriages.
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  • 1897
    Age 77
    In 1897 an ailing Louisa Drew spent the summer at her annual Larchmont, New York retreat with her grandsons Lionel and John Barrymore.
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  • 1847
    Age 27
    She returned to the United States in 1847 to support Junius Brutus Booth.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in several plays with both him and his son, John Wilkes Booth, who would later assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. She and her third husband John Drew were the parents of Louisa Drew (1852–1888), John Drew, Jr. and Georgie Drew (Barrymore). She had no children from her first two marriages. The Drews owned the Arch Street Theatre, where they staged performances, and she managed the business. After her husband's death Mrs Drew adopted a baby boy and named him Sidney. She was the grandmother through Georgie of John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore. Her other grand children were Georgie Drew Mendum an actress (from her daughter Louisa and Charles Mendum) and Louise Drew (Mrs Jack Devereaux) also an actress(from her son John Drew Jr. and his wife Josephine) as well as S. Rankin Drew, Sidney's son with his wife Gladys Rankin. She is the great-great-grandmother of Drew Barrymore.
  • 1828
    Age 8
    Louisa and her mother came to America when she was six years old. She proved to be a child prodigy essaying five different adult roles within one play at the age of eight in 1828.
    More Details Hide Details As a young woman and strolling player, her theatrical travels took her, her mother and half sisters as far away as Jamaica, by sailing ship, where one of her step fathers died.
  • 1820
    Age 0
    Born on January 10, 1820.
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