Postcard of the week ending
Saturday, 24 January 2009

Robert Michaelis (1882/84-1965),
French-born English actor and singer,
and leading man in comic opera and musicals,
and his wife,
Phyllis Le Grand (fl. early 20th Century, still living in the late 1960s),
English musical comedy actress and singer

Robert Michaelis

Robert Michaelis as Jozsi in Gipsy Love,
Daly's Theatre, London, 1 June 1912

(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1912)

This real photograph postcard of Robert Michaelis, no. 6902 A, published in London in 1912 in the Rotary Photographic Series of the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, shows him as Jozsi in the second production in English of Franz Lehar's Gipsy Love, Daly's Theatre, London, 1 June 1912. The leading lady was Gertie Millar.

'Our London Letter.
'Jan. 25 [1913].
'Robert Michaelis, long time a George Edwardes leading man, now appearing in Gypsy Love, at Daly's Theatre, is to marry Phyllis Le Grand, a young and pretty actress.'
(The New York Clipper, New York, 8 February 1913, p. 6d/e)

Phyllis Le Grand

Phyllis Le Grand

(photo: unknown, probably Foulsham & Banfield, London, circa 1912)

This hand tinted real photograph postcard of Phyllis Le Grand (Mrs Robert Michaelis) is no. A.132-3 from the well-known series published about 1915 by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd of London, with the caption 'This is a REAL PHOTOGRAPH of a BRITISH BEAUTY'. Miss Le Grand, who first came to notice as Clo-Clo in the first London production of The Merry Widow (Daly's, 8 June 1907), appears to have retired from the stage in 1925. For further details of her career, see Who's Who in the Theatre, 7th edition.

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