Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 12 April 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Jennie McNulty wins suit against
moneylenders, London, 1898

Jenny McNulty

Jenny McNulty (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century), American actress

(photo: W. & D. Downey, London, circa 1890)

''LONDON, Nov. 21. - Mrs. Paulet, an American actress, whose stage name is Jennie McNulty and who on November 15th last brought suit in the Queen's Bench division of the High Court of Justice against some money lenders, has been awarded 1,000 pounds.
'The plaintiff at the time of the hearing asserted that while she was in America the defendants seized her effects for debts of her husband, who at the time had deserted her.'
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, Monday, 21 November 1898, p.2g)

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S.H. Dudley of the 'Smart Set'
company, with Aida Overton Walker,
on a US tour in
His Honour the Barber, 1910

Aida Overton Walker

music sheet cover for Ford T. Dabney's rag intermezzo, 'Porto Rico',
published by Shapiro, New York, 1910, and featured by Aida Overton Walker (1880-1914),
American actress, singer and dancer, in the Smart Set Co

(photo: Apeda or White, New York, 1910/1911)

'A three-act musical comedy that differs from its contemporaries in divers ways will be the attraction at the opera house tonight. It is from the pen of Edwin Hanford and is entitled His Honour the Barber. as presented by the famous "Smart Set" company, with S.H. Dudley in the stellar role, the offering has become one of the real treats of the season. Although the company contains fifteen original song hits, musical numbers and ensembles it could easily hold its own on the strength of its brisk and humorous dialogue, situations, novelties, features, etc., and the interpretation of the company itself which is composed of sixty capable people. Mr. Dudley is seen at his bes as Raspberry Snow, a negro who wants to shave the president of the United states. As Mr. Dudley portrays the character it becomes one of the funniest and best developed types seen hereabouts in years. "Rastus," the trained donkey, which was such a favorite last season, has been retained. "Rasust" is the constant companion of Raspberry and there are many side splitting adventures during the action of the play. In point of durable excellence, style and originality, the comedy is said to be the most pretentious ever offered in years. Edwin Hanford wrote the book and Messrs. Brim, Smith and Burris furnished the lyrics and music, and Messrs. Barton and Wiswell are the owners. The costumes, which are said to be the most original seen on the stage in many a day were selected from plates furnished by William H. Harnes.
'Aida Overton Walker forms an attractive part of the production. She will introduce a singing and dancing specialty said to be the best of its kind offered on any stage.'
(The Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts, Wednesday, 12 October 1910, p.3b)

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Simone Le Bargy (Mme. Casimir Perier)
becomes a widow, 1915

Simone Le Bargy

Simone Le Bargy (b. 1880), French actress

(photo: Reutlinger, Paris, circa 1903)

'Widowed by the War.
'Madame Simone Le Bargy, one of the most talented and popular actresses in France, has lost her husband, [Claude] Casimir Perier, who was killed near Soissons, recently. She should more correctly be called Madame Simone, for she discarded the "Le Bargy" when she obtained a divorce from M. Le Bargy, who was an actor of equal province with herself. It was alleged that M. Le Bargy could not endure the presence of a wife at least as talented and exquisitely dressed as himself.
'Young Casimir Perier was a son of former President Casimir Perier and a member of a very wealthy family. At first society, which is more conservative in France than in England, was shocked at the marriage, but the two lived very happy together and Casimir Perier had won a distinguished public position before his death.'
(The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, 2 May 1915, Magazine Section, p.1b)

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