Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 23 May 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Arlette Dorgère escapes with her life, Paris, 1907

Lelia Roze

Arlette Dorgère (fl. early 20th Century),
Parisian actress

(photo: unknown, circa 1905)

'Caught in Motor-Car Between Two Electric Trams.
'One of the most popular Parisian actresses, Mlle. Arlette Dorgère, nearly lost her life through a serious motor car accident. 'She was returning home in her car after a shopping excursion when her chauffeur tried to pass between two electric trams coming from opposite directions. The automobile was caught between the two cars and smashed like a nut in a pair of nut-crackers. To the astonishment of the spectators, the three occupants of the car were rescued alive. Mlle. Dorgère sustained serious injuries to her limbs. It was probably owing to the fact that the car was a very heavy one that she escaped with her life.
' When her companion, an architect, saw that the accident was inevitable he reached out, clung with one hand to a tram, and held the actress with his other arm, thus saving her from being caught under the tram. He, like Mlle. Dorgère and the chauffeur, was badly injured.'
(Weekly Dispatch, London, Sunday, 5 May 1907, p. 11b)

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Olive Lenton & Co at the Alhambra,
Brighton, Sussex,
week beginning Monday, 16 August 1909

Olive Lenton

Olive Lenton (fl. early 20th Century),
Australian actress and singer

(photo: unknown, circa 1909)

'An exceptionally refined and pretty act is that presented by Olive Lenton. Backed by a well-trained and efficient Company amid a setting of beautiful scenery and some original musical effects, this turn proved of a most enjoyable nature. An effective feature is the musical bells, laid around the whole building, and even carried outside.'
(Sussex Daily News, Brighton, Sussex, Tuesday, 17 August 1909, p. 6b)

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George Mozart at the
Hippodrome, Brighton, Sussex,
week beginning Monday, 30 August 1909

George Mozart

George Mozart (1864-1947),
English music hall comedian

(photo: Hana, London, circa 1906)

'George Mozart is quite in one of his happiest moods. His merry smile alone is infectious, and when his mobile face assumes the mock mournful expression of burlesque tragedy laughter rings throughout the house. His faculty for burldsque is irresistible, and is probably the biggest part in his entertainment as a comedian. No one can help laughing at his funny burlesque of Mr. J.M. Glover, the conductor of the Drury Lane Orchestra. This is one of George Mozart's oldest things, but it is evidently as popular as ever and to hear him draw comic discords from the clarinet while a small boy is supposed to be sucking a lemon within sight of the musician is another exercise in genuine fun.'
(The Brighton Herald, Brighton, Sussex, Saturday, 4 September 1909, p. 3a)

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