Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 19 April 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Clarita Vidal and others from
the cast of Florodora to appear in
The Silver Slipper, Broadway Theatre,
New York, 27 October 1902

Clarita Vidal

Clarita Vidal (fl. early 20th Century),
American actress

(photo: unknown, probably London, circa 1902)

'Practically all the original Florodora sextette girls will be in John C. Fischer's forthcoming production of The Silver Slipper by Leslie Stuart and Owen Hall. Among them are Alice Toland, Susie Drake, Daisy Green, Clarita Vidal, Frances Walker, and Edna Goodrich. As was the case with Klaw and Erlanger's The Beauty and the Beast, the libretto has been galvanized for the American market.'
(The Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Saturday, 20 September 1902, p.3d)

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Nora Bayes receives singing
lessons in Paris, 1905/06

Nora Bayes

Nora Bayes (1880-1928),
American vaudeville and musical comedy star

(photo: Sarony, New York, circa 1910)

'Norah Bayes Returns.
'Norah Bayes, who was the only singer in vaudeville who managed to convey the real meaning of the lines in [Harry Von Tilzer's] ''Down Where the Wurzberger Flows,'' and who has been in Paris for the past year having her voice cultivated, returned to New York on the Amerika on Sunday afternoon. When Miss Bayes left New York she intended remaining in Paris only two weeks, but while she was there she changed her mind and put herself under the instruction of Sarah Robinson-Duff, the American singing teacher [discoverer of Mary Garden], who, she says, taught her a great deal about singing that she never knew before. Miss Bayes will resume her work in vaudeville for a few months, but will return to Paris next Winter to resume her musical studies.'
(New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 12 May 1906, p.18d)

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Sarah Bernhardt and her
London Press admirers, 1906

Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923),
French tragedienne and theatrical manager

(photo: unknown, circa 1905)

'Paris, June 30 [1906] . . .
'Some of the young gentlemen who write for the London papers have gone into their usual ecstasies over the return of Sarah Bernhardt, whom they persist in labelling as the ''divine.'' One in particular took the trouble to journey down to Harvre in order to witness the arrival of this clever actress, and from there he telegraphed a column of gush to his paper in which he related the wonderful ''adventures'' that Sarah had undergone in the Stages, how her train had always broken down, how she had had many narrow escapes of losing her life, and how some wicked men had made her act in a tent. He also spoke of her ''golden voice ringing through the fog'' (sounds like the chorus of a comic song), as she called ''Maurice, Maurice!'' to her son, and how the tears streamed from her ''glorious, upturned eyes,'' as she clasped the aforesaid son in her arms. Oh! Sarah, you are responsible for a lot of cheap gush!'
(New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 14 July 1906, p.13d)

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