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Actress , singer

Lillian Russell, American actress, singer. member Chicago printing firm of Knight & Leonard.


Russell, Lillian was born on December 4, 1861 in Clinton, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Charles E. and Cynthia H. Leonard.


Removed to Chicago with parents, 1865. Father later became member Chicago printing firm of Knight & Leonard. Educated Convent of the Sacred Heart, Chicago.

Studied vocal and violin music and sang in church choir, Chicago. Studied for opera under Leopold Damrosch.


First stage appearance was in chorus of Rice’s Pinafore Company, 1879. Later sang ballads at Tony Pastor’s Theatre, taking stage name of “Lillian Russell”. Sang at Casino Theatre until 1899.

With Weber and Field’s stock company several seasons. Joined McCaull Opera Company, of which was prima donna until her own company was organized. Starred in various opera rôles in the United States and England.

Frequently appeared in vaudeville. Toured country delivering lecture, “How to Live a Hundred Years,” 1913. Active in Red Cross and Liberty Loan campaigns during world war.

Home: Pittsburgh, Pa.


Member Chicago printing firm of Knight & Leonard.


Married Harry Braham, conductor Edward E. Rice’s Pinafore Company. Married second, Edward Solomon, conductor Casino Orchestra.; married 4th, Alexander P. Moore, editor Pittsbrugh (Pennsylvania) Leader, June 11, 1912.

Charles E.

Cynthia H. Leonard

Harry Braham

Edward Solomon

Alexander P. Moore