Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 17 May 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Lillian Russell and Daisy Le Hay,
who are appearing in Chicago,
model their dresses at a
dressmakers' convention, 1910

Daisy Le Hay

Daisy Le Hay (b. 1883), English actress and singer,
as she appeared during 1910/11 in the United States' touring production of
The Dollar Princess as Alice Cowder, a part originated on the
English-speaking stage by Adrienne Augarde at the Knickerbocker, New York, 6 August 1909,
and by Lily Elsie at Daly's, London, 25 September 1909.

'Daisy Le Hay is the Alice. She plays the part with fire, and has a voice
that will keep her in the front rank of musical comedy artists. She sang the songs
allotted to her with a resonance and quality of tone that were delightful.'
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, 21 March 1911, p.5b)

(photo: Moffett, Chicago, 1910)

'Actresses set the fashion in dress for America. So insisted Mrs. Idah McGlone Gibson in the address she delivered at the dressmakers' convention. And the reason therefor is that actresses ''dress the part.'' their dresses always are en rapport with the character they seek to portray.
'''For that same reason the fashionably dressed woman must choose a gown indicative of her own temperament,'' said Mrs. Gibson. ''The best dressed actresses of the stage choose gowns that exactly fit their own personalities.''
'Just at that moment a velvet curtain cutting off a portion of the stage was drawn aside and in the glare of the lights appears Miss Lillian Russell, her daughter, Mrs. Dunsmore, and Miss Daisy Le Hay, actresses appearing now in the Chicago theatres.
'''No woman in America has spent more money in the American dress shops than Miss Russell,'' said Mrs. Gibson, after she had introduced the actresses and each had performed a bewitching smile for the benefit of the audience of dressmakers.
'Then she pointed out that the dress worn by Miss Russell was just the sort that should be affected by the sort of woman Miss Russell is. Miss Daisy Le Hay was attired in a frock of another character in perfect consonance with her individual type of figure.
'Then Mrs. Gibson proceeded to hammer home the philosophy of perfect gown wearing.'
(New Castle News, New Castle, Pennsylvania, Friday, 30 September 1910, p.9b)

* * * * * * * *

Ralph Riggs and Katharine Witchie
head the vaudeville bill at the
Forsyth Theatre, Atlanta,
week beginning Monday, 13 July 1914

Katharine Witchie and Ralph Riggs

Katharine Witchie and Ralph Riggs as they appeared in Lew Fields's production of the musical comedey,
All Aboard, Lew Fields's 44th Street Roof Garden, New York, 5 June 1913

(photo: Sarony, New York, 1913)

'There are more distinguished features on the program that comes to the Forsyth for the week starting Monday than ever assembled here for a summer engagement. It will be recalled that the summer bills at the busy theater have always been of a quality that had a box office value. It is also a fact that some of the biggest acts in the profession have been introduced locally during the warm weeks, and it now appears that history is going to repeat itself.
'The make-up of the bill for this week is remarkable. It is a better bill than will be offered by some of the leading vaudeville theaters in and around New York, and there is a reason: the most skilled of Keith managers in new York, together with the best agents operating, have a hand in the make-up of the bill, and nothing has been left out of the show that would have a value to the box office.
'The heading stars will be Ralph Riggs and Katharine Witchie, late musical comedy features with All Aboard and Enchantress. They will offer a dancing novelty that will be one of the best features in the history of the Forsyth. Because of the great craze in tango and other new-fashioned dance schemes, it might be figures that this is an act of that style, but a pleasant surprise will refresh the vast gatherings that applaud the act on Monday. It is not a tango scheme. Mr. Riggs and Miss Witchie were dancing stars before the fad was started, and they are still dancing stars. They will offer a program that will be as fresh and as clean as new milk and there will be enogh novelty to make the young people genuinely popular favorites.
'Will Oakland and his company will present Jean Haver's sketch, At the Club, one of the best comedy offerings of the season. Mr. Oakland is the famous lyric tenor so very popular with phonograph owners, and who has been a vaudeville star of note for several seasons. With the support of a quartet of clever male singers, the sketch promises to score a hit that will have a keen value.
'Walter S. ''Rube'' Dickinson, one of the very best monologue comedians in America, will present his own original character creation, ''The Ex-Justice of the Peace.'' It is a fact that this is one of the classics of vaudeville aside from its comedy. The comedian is a master of make-up and he has created a genuine country ''squire'' that is as true to life as if the real character appeared. With a fund of good and original stories the artist will be one of the favorites of the bill.
'Ellen Orr, a charming girl of the popular type, who sings classy songs, will have the assistance of Harry DeCosta at the piano. Both these clever people have been successful on the stage. Miss Orr has won favor in musical comedy and now in vaudeville, and Mr DeCosta has been pianist for Jack Norworth and other stars of the footlights. Ted and Una Bradley will have a comedy offering that his stood the test in other cities and among the others who will have a share of the honors will be the two Salvagges, the famous European dancers, and the Wilton brothers, who are remarkable comedy gynmasts.'
(The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, 12 July 1914, p.10Ma)

* * * * * * * *

Return to home page

© John Culme, 2008