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Caroline Miskel Hoyt

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(1873-1898)

Born in Kentucky as Caroline Scales, actress Caroline Miskel Hoyt was a female protege of the Midwest's great Shakespearean leading man, Robert Mantell. Her first roles were Shakespearean, and the quality of her characterization impressed Augustin Daly, who engaged her in his company. While playing "Temperance Town" for Daly, she captured the interest of its playwright, Charles Hoyt, who courted and married her. She appeared only intermittently on the stage after her marriage, and only in her husband's work. Her last vehicle was "A Contented Woman" which she played in 1897, a year before she contracted Bright's disease and died. David S. Shields/ALS