Nell Gwyn


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Nell Gwyn
Eleanor Gwyn
Birthday
BirthplaceSt Martin in the Fields, London, England
Died
Occupation
Actress, prostitute

Gwyn or Gwynn, Nell

(Eleanor Gwyn), 1650–87, English actress. Once an orange-seller at the Theatre Royal, she became a member of Killigrew's company, making her debut there in 1665. Her charm and vivacity in comic roles endeared her to the public, as did her witty renditions of prologues and epilogues. She became the mistress of Charles II (1669) and bore him two sons, one of whom was created the duke of St. Albans. Her portrait was painted by Sir John Lely; she is the subject of several plays including Sweet Nell of Old Drury, by Paul Kester.
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Fallon admitted: "They didn't expect her to win the Nell Gwyn.
The Nell Gwyn came a bit early for her but she has come on for that run - she looks better in herself and is going better.
NEARLY THERE: Fantasia and Frankie Dettori (left) in the Nell Gwyn Stakes
Cracker: Blue Rocket's (right) run in the Nell Gwyn
It was a time when the theatre had just reopened after 17 years of Puritan suppression and the stars of the day included Nell Gwyn, Doll Common and Mary Betterton.
This time he runs Favourita this time who will be trying to reverse Nell Gwyn form with Karen's Caper after finishing a one-and-aquarter-length third.
But when Charles II issues a royal decree, at the behest of his mistress Nell Gwyn (Tapper), permitting women to act and forbidding men from taking their roles, Ned watches forlornly as his dresser, Maria (Danes), becomes the first woman to tread the boards.
Osaila has done particularly well this winter and could also go to Newbury, or she could go to Newmarket for the Nell Gwyn.
Top races like Wednesday's Nell Gwyn Stakes (G1) and Thurday's Craven Stakes (G3) offer connections the chance to measure the form of their contenders leading up to the big races.
SIR HENRY Cecil suddenly found himself with the new favourite for the Qipco 1000 Guineas as Hot Snap appeared from nowhere in more ways than one in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.
The filly faces just ten rivals in the Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches and a follow up after her sevenlength romp in the Nell Gwyn is very much on the cards.
LUCA CUMANI'S smart filly Fantasia looks difficult to oppose as she makes her seasonal reappearance in the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.