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TEXAS JACK AND THE PEERLESS MORLACCHI
 
The Peerless Morlachhi

     In many ways, Josephine was an anomaly for a 19th century entertainer. Firstly, she saved her money wisely which, enabled her to purchase the farm.  Secondly, and more significantly, Josephine was able to preserve the dichotomy between her on-and-off-stage personae.  Onstage, she was the Peerless Morlacchi, while off-stage, she was Josephine, a quiet, almost shy woman whose idea of relaxation was doing chores around the farm. She was never caught up in her fame.

     In the short span of twenty-six months since her arrival in the United States, Josephine had quickly become the premiere danseuse of the American ballet scene.  She was adored by the public, sought after by theaters, had purchased a beautiful farmhouse for Angelina and herself, had formed her own troupe and established herself as a champion for the rights of other dancers.

     While not on tour, Mlle. Morlacchi spent all of her free time in Billerica and frequently visited Lowell.  Both in Billerica and in Lowell, she was respected and cherished not because she was a famous ballerina, but because she was a kind person and a thoughtful neighbor.  Things were going so well for Josephine that she sent for her widowed father to emigrate to America and share their farmhouse.

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