Called "the pretty girl" by diarist Samuel Pepys, Moll Davies joined the Restoration-era theater company known as Duke's Company in 1662 as a child performer. She was a celebrated actress known for her dancing and singing. By January 1668 she had became one of King Charles II's mistresses and was kept by him in a house on Suffolk street. That May, Charles' queen walked out of a performance rather than watch Moll dance. Moll retired permanently from the stage, returning only once to sing at court in February 1675. By that time, she had a young daughter named Mary, fathered by the king. Moll herself married the French flautist and composer.
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