Cigarette card for the week ending
Saturday, 28 November 2009

Christie MacDonald (1875-1962)
American musical comedy star

Christie MacDonald

Christie MacDonald

(photo: unknown, USA, late 1890s)

This real photograph cigarette card featuring a photograph of the American soprano and actress Christie MacDonald was issued about 1900 by Ogden's of England in one of its Guinea Gold Cigarette series.

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'MacDONALD, Miss Christie (Mrs. W.W. Jefferson):
'Light opera prima donna and soubrette, was born in Boston, and when in her 'teens played several small parts in summer companies in that city. Her first professional engagement was with Pauline Hall in 1892. Francis Wilson then offered her a place in his company, and she played small parts in The Lion Tamer and The Merry Monarch, also being understudy to Lulu Glaser. In the season of 1893 Miss MacDonald played Marie throughout the run of Erminie, and occasionally Javotte. The season of 1894-5 she played Bob, the valet, in The Devil's Deputy, and Mrs. Griggs in The Chieftain. She played Shafra in The Sphinx in Boston in 1896, and the same year Lucinde in Half a King with Francis Wilson's company, after which she played Woo-me in The Walking Delegate in Boston. The seasons of 1898 and 1899 Miss MacDonald was seen in Sousa's opera, The Bride-Elect. She became a star in February, 1900, at the Columbia Theatre, Boston, playing the title rôle in The Princess Chic, and making a noteworthy success. Miss MacDonald played this part two seasons, and has since been a recognized prima donna of light opera. The season of 1905-6 she sang in Mexicana. the season of 1906-7 she was seen in The Belle of Mayfair, and that of 1907-8 as Sally Hook in Miss Hook of Holland, produced at the Criterion Theatre, New York, December 11, 1907. She is the wife of William Winter Jefferson, forth son of the late Joseph Jefferson.'
(Walter Browne and E. De Roy Koch, editors, Who's Who on the Stage, B.W. Dodge & Co, New York, 1908, p.295)

Christie MacDonald

Christie MacDonald

(photo: unknown, USA, circa 1900)

For further information, and links to seven of Christie MacDonald's recordings made between 1911 and 1913, see the Library and Archives Canada's The Virtual Gramophone.

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