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no. 556

Saturday, 17 May 2008

images of theatre and other popular entertainment

Maud Branscombe

a cabinet portrait of the much-photographed English actress,
Maud Branscombe (fl. 1870s/1880s)

(photo: Mora, New York, circa 1880)

'Actress' Ruse That Got Rid of Undesired Admirer.
'Miss Maud Branscombe the famous actress, relates an amusing story concerning the unappreciated attentions of a youth who once fell in love with her. The young man's parents were much concerned about the matter, and implored the actress not to marry him.
'"I'll give him a sound thrashing," said the father.
'"Don't do that," said Miss Branscombe. "There is a better way of curing him. After the performance this evening I'll put on an old dress and hat, and make myself up to look quite ugly. You bring your boy around to the stage door and point me out to him as I come out."
'This was done, and so cleverly was the ruse carried out that Miss Branscombe heard the youth exclaim to his father as she passed them:
'"My golly! I thought she was pretty!"'
(Oelwein Daily Register, Oelwein, Iowa, Monday, 4 February 1907, p.1e)

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