Amy Ames

Amy Ames enjoyed a long career as an actress and singer. Characterized as "obstreperous," she debuted in 1869 at Brougham's Fifth Avenue Theatre as Nerissa in his bizarre musical creation, "Much Ado About a Merchant of Venice." In the 1870s Ames performed with Daly's company (as Muffins in "Saratoga," and Emmy Malvern in "Play," among others). The actress's great hit in the 1880s, when she was engaged at various theaters, was a comedy inelegantly named "Natural Gas," and that play carried her through the 90s as well. Ames poses seriously here at the Gurney studio in New York, circa 1872.

1872 circa 5 years
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Jeremiah Gurney
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