Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 21 February 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Gladys Wallis and Joe Cawthorn
on tour in the United States
with the Patti Rosa Company in
A Girl's Way, 1894

Gladys Wallis

a cabinet photograph of Gladys Wallis (Mrs Samuel Moull, fl. 1890s), American actress

(photo: Falk, New York, 1894)

'Blanche Marsden, the author of A Girl's Way, the new three-act comedy which will be presented by winsome little Gladys Wallis and the Patti Rosa Comedy Company, is a daughter of the late Richard Marsden, the well-known playwright, and she has inherited much of her deceased father's ability. At opera house, Friday, Nov. 16.'
(The Waterloo Daily courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, 9 November 1894, p. 3a)

'Those who attended the excellent performances given by Wm. Crane last spring of the Senator will no doubt remember the sprightly little actress, Gladys Wallis, who was playing the ingenue parts with that company. She will appear at the Grand next Monday evening, Nov. 26, supported by the comedian, Joe Cawthorn, and the Patti Rosa company in their new comedy A Girl's Way.'
(The Daily Republican, Decatur, Illinois, Thursday, 22 November 1894, p. 3b)

'Comedy at the Grand.
'On account of the cold weather only a small audience was attracted to the grand opera house last night to see Miss Gladys Wallis and the Patti Rosa company, in A Girls Way.
'Miss Wallis and Mr. Cawthorn are nearly all of the show. She is a clever soubrette, he a fine comedian, who can sing topical but not sentimental songs. The supporting company is good.'
(The San Antonio Daily Light, San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, 29 December 1894, p. 4d)

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Lily Harold and her sister
Birdie Sutherland
make headlines, London, 1895/96

Lily Harold

an autographed cabinet photograph of
Lily Harold (b. 1868), English music hall singer,
formerly a chorus girl at the Gaiety Theatre, London

(photo: Bassano, 24 Old Bond Street, London, mid 1890s)

'Sons of British Noblemen Shock Polite Society by Their Goings On.'
'Polite society in London has had another severe shock in the announcement that one of the most eligible young men in the matrimonial market has engaged himself to a pert young person playing a second rate part at the Gaiety theater. The gentleman is Majoribanks, the eldest son of Lord Tweedmouth, one of the wealthiest peers, and the lady is Miss Birdie Sutherland, better known perhaps as the sister of Lily Harold, the comedienne and singer of plantation songs, at present gracing the Drury Lane pantomime [Dick Whittington as Mi-Yung-Man]. Nobody has ventured to suggest that these two young women are not as good and virtuous as they are undeniably pretty, and it is a fact that they reside in a genteel suburb with their widowed mother and frequently take part in local church charity concerts, but all that, with additional proof of severe respectability afforded by the fact that their father was a clerk in the Band of England, is scarcely sufficient to justify their ambition to contract an alliance with a family the head of which is a member of the British cabinet.
'Lord Tweedmouth asked newspaper men in the commons lobby to contradict the report of his son's engagement, from which it may be assumed that he succeeded in arranging matters. But it would not be at all surprising of the match would be ratified after all. Young Majoribanks, who is familiarly known to the habitues of the Gaiety theater as ''the Skipper,'' celebrated his majority the other day.
'This infatuation is probably the result of the latest fad among the London Johnnies, who indulge in exciting rivalry to score the highest possible number of attendances in the front row of the stalls where the post popular entertainment is given. There is declared to be the finest aggregation of female loveliness just now in The Shop Girl on the Gaiety theatre stage that was ever achieved in London. The same individuals fill the front stalls night after night. They are either very young or very old, but the young ones predominate. The Sun reporter in the lobby the other evening heard young Majoribanks boast to another sprig of nobility that it was his sixty-second attendance. The other appeared quite crestfallen. The said it was only his forty-fifth.'
(Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, Thursday, 21 March 1895, p. 7b)

'As for Lily Harold every man with an eye to photographers windows and a hart in his ribs has looked at her exquisite face a hundred times. She doesn't look bright, but for flashy beauty - and not of a course type either - she is almost peerless.'
('Queens of Beauty,' The Fort Wayne Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sunday, 27 September 1896, p. 8b)

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Lady Edward Fitzgerald
(May Etheridge), 1915

May Etheridge

May Etheridge (1893?-1935), English actress and singer,
as Ursula in Princess Caprice, Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 11 May 1912

(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1912)

'. . . Another young nobleman who has become a heroic figures, with the help of an actress wife, is Lord Edward Fitzgerald, who is the second brother of the young Duke of Leinster. Lord Edward was only twenty-one when he startled society by running away with Miss May Etheridge, who was exciting warm admiration as ''The Pink Pyjama Girl'' of [Leo Fall's] Princess Caprice at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
'It was generally admitted that she made pyjamas more attractive than they had ever seemed before, but this was not considered a qualification for the sister-in-law of a Duke. The ducal family showed their anger by putting the young lord on a very scanty allowance. He was forced to resign his commission in the Irish Guards. His clever wife was obliged to go on acting to enable him to keep up some kind of social position.
'Since the war began Lord Edward Fitzgerald has been restored to the army, for they need every officer they can get. He has just been mentioned in dispatches for storming a German trench, while his brother the Duke, though an officer in the army, has never been mentioned.'
('Actress Wives Who Have Turned Lord Into Heroes,' The Lima Daily News, Lima, Ohio, Saturday, 26 June 1915, p. 5b/c). For photographs of Lady Fitzgerald, taken by Bassano in 1922, see the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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