George Combe is her nephew who raises concerns regarding Cushman's gender-bending performances on stage.
Kemble is the niece of famous actress Sarah Siddons.
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Eventually, Fanny and Charlotte parted on bad terms after Fanny no longer appreciated Charlotte's help and affection: "Charlotte was deeply insulted. She had gladly. willingly, offered her assistance, and, now that she was deemed no longer of use, she was being dismissed. Charlotte would harbor ill feelings about Fanny Kemble for years" (Merrill 72).
Cushman's "emotional significance for American audiences depended on her recognition that she would have to go to England and achieve renown before the American public would have the right to assert that American talent could rival British which had for so long dominated the American stage. […] The model prominent in their imaginations must have been that of Fanny Kemble, the talented and beautiful British actress who had taken America by storm, accepted the hand of the eligible and aristocratic Philadelphia bachelor, Pierce Butler, and then offended him by refusing to adapt herself to American notions of propriety in marriage. Her notorious separation from her husband had occurred in 1844, and Charlotte Cushman, Fanny's friend and confidante in Philadelphia where the domestic drama had been played out, had been privvy [sic!] to the seamy details of Butler's infidelities and his cruelty in successfully gaining custody of Fanny's children." (Parrott 314–15)