Florence Balcombe

Bram Stoker's widow

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She was the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel James Balcombe of 1 Marino Crescent, Clontarf, and of Phillippa Anne Marshall, and was a celebrated beauty whose former suitor was Oscar Wilde. She married Stoker in Dublin in 1878. He had known Wilde from their student days, and had proposed Wilde for membership of the university‚Äôs Philosophical Society while he was president. Wilde was upset at Florence’s decision, but Stoker later resumed the acquaintanceship and after Wilde’s fall visited him on the Continent.

The Stokers moved to London, where he became acting-manager and then business manager of Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre, London, a post he held for 27 years. Their only child was born on 31 December 1879 and christened Irving Noel Thornley Stoker. Her husband died 20 April 1912.

Florence Balcombe

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