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Blanche DeBar Booth, neice of John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln assassain

Blanche DeBar Booth was John Wilkes Booth 21 yr old neice daughter of his brother Junius Jr. After Lincoln's assassination, Blanche was interviewed by a Missouri state law enforcement officer who described her as "an unmitigated rebel" and "possessed of considerable personal attractions, of a vigorous mind and marked histrionic ability".

Following her father and his two brothers, she went into acting, dropping her last name to dodge her uncle John's infamy. She retained her striking looks --"Blanche DeBar is called the handsomest woman on the American stage'" declared a theater critic. She created a sensation in Chicago in 1871 when she put on the first play there after the city was all but destroyed by fire.

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Taken on March 9, 2009