Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 2 October 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Teddie Gerard, on the point
of divorcing Joseph Raymond,
quits Reno, 1909

Teddie Gerard

Teddie Gerard (1892-1942),
Argentinean-born American actress and singer

(photo: Malcolm Arbuthnot, London, circa 1916)

'Teddy [sic] Gerard Objects to Publicity Given Her Case While in Reno
'(Special Dispatch to The Call)
'RENO, Nev., Oct. 15 [1909]. - After elegantly furnishing a cottage in Holcomb street in this city, Mrs. Theodora Raymond, known in New York as Teddy Gerard, the actress, has returned to New York. She has taken her friend, Miss Broderick, with her, and her attorney, James Boyd, reports that she will not return to this city, although it was her intention to sue for a divorce after staying here the required length of time.
'Mrs. Raymond spent more than $2,000 furnishing her home in this city and her other expenses during the month were about $1,400.
'Attorney Boyd says that undue publicity caused Mrs. Raymond to leave Reno. He declares that the reporters and correspondents in Rena are driving many wealthy divorcees from the city by their persistent practice of publishing facts concerning their plans.'
(The San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, Saturday, 16 October 1909, p. 11d/e)

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Maurice and his partner Florence Walton
dance the tango for royalty, London, 1914

Maurice (Mouvet) and Florence Walton

Maurice (Mouvet) and Florence Walton (fl.1912-1916),
American dancers and early exponents of the Tango.

(photo: White, New York, 1912/13)

'LONDON, June 13 [1914]. - The King and Queen saw the tango as danced in New York for the first time last night as a dinner given by the Grand Duke Michael preceding a ball for the Countess Nada Torby at the Grand Duke's residence, Kenwood, Hamstead [sic]. The dancers, Maurice and Florence Walton, are the first Americans to appear by royal command to dance. Maurice was once a Bowery denizen, and Florence was formerly a chorus girl.
'They danced after dinner in the drawing-room before the ball started. Only thirty persons were present, including Countess Torby, the Duchess of Marlborough, the Countess Nada and Zia Torby, the Grand Duke Paul, the Countess of Granard, the Duke and Duchess of Teck, Premier Asquith and Ambassador Page. They danced for forty-five minutes continuously. The had omitted the tango for fear of the royal displeasure, but the Queen asked Countess Torby: ''Can they dance the tango for us? I've never seen it.''
'So the tango was danced. Florence Walton wore an unslit dress at the request of a court official.'
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, 12 June 1914, p. 15a)

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