Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 30 January 2010

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Vesta Victoria plays ''Lady Bountiful''
to Madame Senyah, the former trapeze artist
known as 'The Witch of the Air,'
England, early 2th Century

Vesta Victoria

Vesta Victoria (1873-1951),
English music hall star

(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, circa 1915)

'Vesta Victoria has been playing ''Lady Bountiful'' in a sad example of the vicissitudes of life. Madame Senia [i.e. Senyah, real name Haynes], whom when her star was high [during the 1870s] in the vaudeville heavens, they called ''The Witch of the Air,'' died in Lambeth infirmary last month. The news of her passing under the shadow of destitution and a clouded mind at fifty, disclosed the fact that Vesta Victoria was with her at the infirmary when she died.
'Miss Victoria had been paying the rent for the room in Dawlish Street, Kennington, where the former trapeze artist lived until the eclipse of the once nimble mind made it necessary for her to be removed to the infirmary. A year before, madame Senia came to Miss Victoria and told her that when she, who had been too old for her midair feats, she had taken up the training of dogs for the music hall stage.
'With the lessening of her ability and that magnetism which had once bewitched kings and commoners, there was less and less and finally no demand for her act.
'Miss Victoria said, ''Don't worry. There will always be a roof above your head as long as I have one.'' ''And my dogs?'' wistfully asked the former ''Witch of the Air.'' ''There are four of them, Miss Vesta, the finest dogs and the most faithful.''
'''I'll take care of them too,'' replied the singer of ''Poor John.'' Her promise she kept. The four dogs live in a room of a stage she rented for them. The beasts missing their mistress, for whom they howl dismally, seeming to have learned by some uncanny, psychic message in the beast world, what has befallen her, lavish wild caresses upon Vesta Victoria when she pays her Monday visits to them.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, 6 August 1910, p. 4b)

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Emma Carus returns to
Broadway, New York, 1914

Emma Carus

Emma Carus (1879-1927),
American actress, singer and dancer

(photo: Friedman, Chicago, circa 1913)

'It remained for Maggie Cline, at the Place, to really win out as an exponent of the modern dance. Miss Cline still does her song tragedy of Mike's unfortunate invasion of the bull ring, her ''None of Them's Got Anything on Me,'' and ''Since Mrs. McNott Has Learned the Turkey Trot.'' This leads up to the Cline Tango, and the Celtic comedienne's challenge to any masculine ''tangoist'' in the audience. . . .
'Emma Carus returned to Broadway - at the Colonial. Miss Carus sings and introduces a travesty of the much travestied turkey trot, maxixe and the up-to-the-minute terpsichorean evolutions, assisted by a young dancer, Carl Randall. None of the acrobatic twirls daunt Miss Carus, who ''hesitations'' [sic] with plump nonchalance.
'All of which leads us to the suggestion that Miss Carus might be a joy in a dancing contest with Maggie Cline.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 21 January 1914, p. 22a-c)

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Hattie Williams services
acquired by Oliver Morosco for
motion pictures, United States, 1915

Hattie Williams

Hattie Williams (1870-1942),
American actress and singer

(photo: unknown, probably New York, circa 1910)

'Hattie Williams to Screen Sparkes 'Hattie Williams, the former Frohman star, will appear in motion pictures under the Morosco-Paramount banner, In securing Miss Williams for the screen Mr. Morosco adds another actress of wide repute to his list of motion picture stars, closely following his acquisition of Anna Held and Constance Collier. As her initial screen subject the producers have secured the rights of Miss Williams's former stage vehicle, Detective Sparkes, in which she starred at the Garrick Theatrer, New York City, a few years ago.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 27 November 1915, p. 7c)

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