Cigarette card for the week ending
Saturday, 9 February 2008

Dorothy Rossmore (fl. late 19th/early 20th century)
American actress

Dorothy Rossmore

Dorothy Rossmore

(photo: unknown, USA, circa 1900)

This real photograph cigarette card of the American actress Dorothy Rossmore was issued in England about 1900 in one of the Ogden's Guinea Gold Cigarettes series.

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'Fanny Davenport, supported by Melbourne MacDowell and her excellent company, gave a masterful performance of Sardou's Fedora last night at the Fifth Avenue Theater, Manhattan, before a crowded house. Miss Davenport's interpretation of the title role is too well known to need particular praise, except to say that she has lost none of her wonderful at, and that in looks and action she is the youthful and emotional woman she portrays. The stage setting was as perfect in detail as are all of Miss Davenport's settings and her gowns are gorgeous and accentuate her beauty. MacDowell was an impressive Loris and Miss Dorothy Rossmore as Countess Olga Soukoreff shared in the honors of the evening. Miss Davenport will present Cleopatra to-night and at to-morrow's matinee, and on Saturday night La Tosca.' (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York, Friday, 4 February 1898, p.7a)

Dorothy Rossmore and Edmund Fowler head the cast of Man's Enemy on tour in the United States, April 1901
'The English melodrama, Man's Enemy, will occupy the stage of the Bastable during the latter half of the week. The production has given uncommon satisfaction wherever it has been seen and the critical and popular approval bestowed upon it when it was presented at the Bastable last season has been so often duplicated elsewhere as to indicate that it really deserves the success is has attained.
'Sarah Drake, the leading feminine character in Man's Enemy is played by Miss Dorothy Rossmore, a talented and beautiful actress, a model of womanly charms, yet with all her skill and beauty she cannot gain the sympathy of the audience. There is no aplause for her, simply for the reason that Sarah Drake, the adventuress, and not the handsome and lovable woman, admired by a host of friends, claims attention in the dramatic pictures. The hiss is the villain's applause. If the art required to excite disapproval was employed in a sympathetic part it would bring curtain calls. After all, it is art that depicts hero and heroine, villain and adventuress, and the truth of the study should be the test of ability in the artists and not in the moral status of the character portrayed.
'Man's Enemy is a powerful play and it requires histrionic talent of a fine order. The cast, which numbers sixteen persons, has been selected with great care. Edmund Fowler appears in the leading male role. His grace of persons and admirable abilities as an emotional actor invest the role of Harry Stanton with an interest that makes it very attractive. The character is a combination of strength and weakness and of the good and the bad. There will be a popular matinee Saturday.'
(The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York, Sunday, 7 April 1901, Part 2, p.14c)

FIVE STARS IN ONE COMPANY.
The Company Supporting Stuart Robson in Henrietta One of Most Important on Road

'Stuart Robson can well call his company presenting [Bronson Howard's] The Henrietta, which will be seen in that play Tuesday, Oct. 1, the most important stellar organization in this country as it altogether contains five stars.
'When Mr. Robson determined to give a revival of The Henrietta he decided to present the play with the greatest cast it ever had and he has evidently succeeded.
'Of course, leading in the stellar honors of this company is Mr. Robson, then follows Maclyn Arbuckle, Russ Whytal, Dorothy Rossmore and Estelle Carter. Mr. Arbuckle was until this year a star under the direction of Joseph Brooks, manager of Ben Hur in The Sprightly romance of Marsac, and next season again stars in A Gentleman From Texas, written purposely for him by Augustus Thomas. Russ Whytal, the eminent author-actor, has been touring the country in his own plays of For Fair Virginia and Dorothy Deane. Dorothy Rossmore, who has been the leading woman for Fanny Davenport for many seasons, starred in Shakespearan and Sardou repertoire and Estelle Carter played Maxine Elliott's part in When We Were Twenty-one, in which she starred last year. Each of these gave up stellar honors for the honor of appearing in Mr. Robson's company. Every member of the balance of the company is well known to theater-goers.'
(Davenport Republican, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday, 28 September 1901, p.6a)

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