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After her retirement, her lodgings in Leicester Street being too expensive, she moved to Strand-on-the-Green, a riverside village near Kew, where Woodward often came. Some 26 years her senior, Woodward died on 17 April 1777 after a long illness, probably cancer, through the last years of which George Anne apparently nursed him with exemplary tenderness. By his will dated 20 January 1777 and proved 18 April 1777, Woodward left her his gold watch, chain, and seals, all his plate, jewels, linen, china, and the whole of the furniture in his house in Chapel Street.
Both Woodward and Mossop, contending managers at Dublin, vied for her services, and she settled upon Mossop at Smock Alley for 176061 at a salary of 2000 guineas (she claimed). Woodward felt she had been shabby in her dealings with him, apparently having first promised to join him, but several years later they were to make it up. Wilkinson reported that Smock Alley audiences who remembered her from those halycon days in the 1740's with Barry, Sheridan, and Garrick were shocked by the change in her appearance.
About this time her adventures in Portugal with Lord Tyrawley and Captain Bellamy must have transpired. George Anne Bellamy claimed Page 5 she had been born at Fingal, Ireland, on 23 April 1733, although she afterwards substituted 1731 when supplying a copy of a birth certificate for a life insurance application. By 1734, Miss Seal was acting at the Aungier Street Theatre in Dublin as Mrs Bellamy; she took a benefit there on 14 February 1734. Mrs Bellamy returned to London by the fall of 1736 to make her first appearance on the Covent Garden stage as Sylvia in The Recruiting Officer on 24 September 1736.