About Louisa Wray (Payne)
Louisa Payne Wray, born in England, debuted in 1851 as a vocalist. After studying acting, she came to the U.S. in 1852 and opened at New York's Old Bowery as Louise Duveille. While she continued a serious music career, Louisa Payne became a comedic actress and performed with New York's National Theatre from 1854 to 1857, appearing in "Fashion and Famine," "The Romance of the Nose," and other such delights. However Wray tried her hand at tragedy in 1858, at New York's Hoym's Theatre, in "Macbeth." Louisa Payne married William Wray in 1860 and became the mother of vocalist Ada Wray. Mother and daughter continued in variety theater.