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Ada Clifton was an actress who performed with Laura Keene's company. She became a successful character actress, but was never a star. Christine Stansell describes an occasion when Clifton was present at Pfaff's "with a journalist beau." The actress is also mentioned as one of "the handful of women artists [who] figure in the accounts of New York Bohemia" ("Whitman at Pfaff's" 111). After divorcing her husband in 1867, she remarried the violinist Edward Mollenhauer and retired from acting. In 1879 she unsuccessfully attempted suicide, and lived until 1891.

References & Biographical Resources

Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New-York Saturday Press. 21 Apr. 1860: 3. [more about this work]
Clifton acted in the cast of the evening performance of Nine Points of the Lane at the Benefit (3). [pages: 3]
Brown, T. Allston. A History of the New York Stage from the First Performance in 1732 to 1901. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1903. [more about this work]
[pages: i. 196,324]
Gayler, Charles. The Love of a Prince: Or, The Court of Prussia. A Drama, in Three Acts. Altered and Adapted from the French. New York: Samuel French, 1857. [more about this work]
Listed among the original cast in the role of "Louise, (wife of Gen. Sturner)."
Odell, George C.D. Annals of the New York Stage: Volume VIII (1865-1870). New York:Columbia University Press, 1936. [more about this work]
She returns to the stage in 1869-1870 seaon as Ada Clifton Mollenhauer. Odell simply reports her "missing" for a long time, but does not give a reason for her absence. [pages: 570]
Odell, George Clinton. Annals of the New York Stage: Volume VI (1850-1857). New York: Columbia University Press, 1931. [more about this work]
Odell talks about her ambitious debut at the National. Odell also discusses how Clifton "secured on the New York stage a highly creditable position as a stock actress, particularly at Laura Keene's theater; but she never established herself as a star."

Odell includes reviews of Clifton's 1855-1856 performances. She is also listed among the performers at the second Brougham benefit. [pages: 452,464-465, 499, 513, 522, 541, 542(ill), 565,56]
Odell, George Clinton. Annals of the New York Stage: Volume VII (1857-1865). New York: Columbia University Press, 1931. [more about this work]
She appeared as Ophelia opposite Edwin Booth in Hamlet. Clifton also appeared in the title role of Aladdin beginning July 23, 1860. [pages: 6,7,9,57,115,116,119,120,127,145,150,159,218,252,263,313,321,387,389,455,469,478,511, 512,554,560,642]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New York Saturday Press. 16 Apr. 1859: 2. [more about this work]
Personne reports that Clifton is slated to play "Hermia" in the upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Laura Keene's Theatre (2). [pages: 2]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New York Saturday Press. 25 Jun. 1859: 3. [more about this work]
Personne discusses Clifton's role in Brougham's Art and Artifice (3). [pages: 3]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New York Saturday Press. 2 Jul. 1859: 3. [more about this work]
Clifton is listed as one of the "new engagements" for Laura Keene's Theatre for the next season (3). [pages: 3]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New York Saturday Press. 3 Sep. 1859: 2. [more about this work]
Personne reviews her performance in The House; or, The Home (2). [pages: 2]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New York Saturday Press. 10 Sep. 1859: 2. [more about this work]
Personne mentions Clifton in his review of Nine Points of the Law (2). [pages: 2]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New York Saturday Press. 15 Oct. 1859: 2-3. [more about this work]
Personne reports that Clifton has left Keene's company and is expected to join the company at the Winter Garden (3). [pages: 3]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New York Saturday Press. 12 Nov. 1859: 2. [more about this work]
Personne mentions that Clifton is in Havana (2). [pages: 2]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "Dramatic Feuilleton." New-York Saturday Press. 12 Feb. 1859: 2. [more about this work]
Personne writes that the City Editor of the Tribune has claimed that he is not going to marry Ada Clifton (2). [pages: 2]
Personne [Wilkins, Edward G. P.]. "The Tug of War." New-York Saturday Press. 27 Aug. 1859: 2. [more about this work]
[pages: 2]
Stansell, Christine. "Whitman at Pfaff's: Commercial Culture, Literary Life and New York Bohemia at Mid-Century." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. 10.3 (1993): 107-126. [more about this work]
Stansell mentions that Clifton was present at Pfaff's "with a journalist beau." She is also mentioned as one of "the handful of women artists [who] figure in the accounts of New York Bohemia" (111). [pages: 111]
Walsh, William Shepard. Pen Pictures of Modern Authors. Ill. Jay Charlton. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1882. 333 p. [more about this work]

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