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Keene, Laura 1820- Actress; born in Chelsea, London, England, in 1820; real name, Mary Moss; made her first appearance on the stage in London, in 1845; was married to Henry W. Taylor in 1847, and to John Lutz in 1857. She won her greatest successes in light comedy. She first appeared in the United States at Wallack's Theatre, New York, in 1852, where she subsequently took the management of the Varieties Theatre, and later opened a theatre under her name, which she managed till 1863. At this house, in 1858, she first brought out Our American cousin, in which Joseph Jefferson took the part of Asa Trenchard and Edward A. Sothern that of Lord Dundreary, then a minor character, which Mr. Sothern afterwards made the principal one in a new version of the play. In 1860 she brought out The seven sisters, which ran for 169 nights. It was while her company was playing Our American cousin, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, on April 14, 1865, that President Lincoln was fatally shot. She r