Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 26 April 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Stella Mayhew recruited by
Joe Weber to replace
Marie Dressler, New York, 1906

Stella Mayhew

Stella Mayhew (1874?-1934),
American character actress, singer,
and vaudeville entertainer

(photo: unknown, USA, circa 1907)

'Stella Mayhew has been engaged by Joe Weber to replace Marie Dressler, who closed her engagement with the Weber company on Saturday evening last [i.e. today, 2 June 1906]. Miss Mayhew played a colored ''mammy'' in On The Suwanee River for six years, before her talent as an all-round comedienne was recognized. For the past two seasons she has attracted much attention through her work in Comin'Thro' The Rye, In Tammany Hall, and as the star in a revival of The Show Girl.
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 2 June 1906, p.10c)

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Mayme Gehrue leaves
Weber & Fields to return to
vaudeville, New York, 1901

Mayme Gehrue

Mayme Gehrue

(photo: White, New York, circa 1909)

'Weber & Fields have engaged the Angela sisters for Hoity Toity. They will appear beginning Oct. 21 [1901], on which date Mayme Gehrue will leave the company to resume work in vaudeville. This will be their second engagement at Weber & Fields's.'
(The New York Times, New York, Thursday, 10 October 1901, p.9b)

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Canadian journalist on the
departure of Mlle. Dazie, 1909

Mlle. Dazie

Mlle. Dazie (fl. early 20th Century),
American acrobatic dancer

(photo: Sarony, New York, circa 1909)

'Criminal Criticism!
'Up in Montreal, where Mlle Dazie has been presenting her pantomime one dramatic editor at least has completely lost his equilibrium. He describes Dazie in this fashion:
'"Darling, delightful Demoiselle Dazie is the dazzling description of the dainty danseuse who is delighting decorous dames, dimpled damsels, devoted dons, and other dilettante during the dim-rous days of this direfully diminishing week. Dight with dress diaphanous and by dint of intelligence and dignity Dazie diffuses a determinate diction of the dance, and decidedly it is not difficult to determine the design she desires to demonstrate. Dazie does not deign to dally, she disports dizzily, with daring diablerie, so that deponent, despite definite details, deemed Dazie a dryad. Deft, dear, diminutive danseuse. Her departure dejects and deposits the dazzled democrats into the depths of despair. Dieu!'''
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 17 October 1909, Magazine Section, p.8b)

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