A (growing) list of the best, worst, and – quite frankly – weirdest descriptions of Cushman’s relationships (with friends as well as lovers) … what’s gossip without a fitting code, after all?
- “Charlotte Cushman with a parade of female lovers that ended with Emma Stebbins” (The Indomitable Spirit of Edmonia Lewis: A Narrative Biography, Albert Henderson and Harry Brinton Henderson, 2013)
- “Cushman was open about her love affairs and became known as a polyamorous heartbreaker, who often maintained more than one relationship at a time” (“This history-making lesbian actress played Romeo & broke many women’s hearts,” Victoria A. Brownworth, 2019)
- “[William Wetmore] Story’s ” Hatty ” is of course Miss Harriet Hosmer, the most eminent member of that strange sisterhood of American ‘lady sculptors’ who at one time settled upon the seven hills in a white, marmorean flock” (William Wetmore Story and His Friends, Vol. 1, Henry James, 1903)
- “Miss Cushman is mouthing it as usual, and has her satellites revolving around her” (William Wetmore Story, qtd. William Wetmore Story and His Friends, Vol. 2, Henry James, 1903)
- “… I remember well how delicious and fascinatinng she can be when she ‘sleekens’ for I was a pet bird to her many long years ago.” (Anne Brewster Papers 27.8, Letters to Howell)
- “jolly female bachelors” (Charlotte Cushman, qut. in When Romeo Was A Woman, Lisa Merril, 2000, 169)
- tbc …