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Kitty Fisher
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    (circa 1738-March 1767)
    Born in United Kingdom
    Birth name was Catherine Maria Fisher
    Aspiring actress/courtesan
    Earned 12,000 pounds a year
    Mentioned in the nursery rhyme Lucy Locket ('Lucy Locket lost her pocket/Kitty Fisher found it')
    Most of her early life, including her date of birth, is a mystery.
    When Lady Coventry asked her who had made her dress, she replied that Lady Coventry should ask her husband, since the dress was a gift from him.
    When the Duke of York paid her 50 pounds, which was less than half her usual fee, she threw him out of bed, then ate the bank note on a slice of bread.
    She reportedly died from the effects of using lead-based cosmetics.
    She was a favorite model of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
    She married the son of a Member of Parliament and retired to his family's estate in Benenden, England.
    She was popular with the people of Benenden, due to her generosity to the poor.

Credit: C. Fishel

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