BL - 2 April 2009 'TO-DAY'S GOSSIP... 'Flowers for a Star 'Roses and carnations are favourite flower gifts for stage stars, but yesterday, in the dressing-room of Miss Phyllis Dare, I found her in ecstasies over an enormous bunch of forget-me-nots - a whole sheaf of them - and a Victorian bunch of Parma violets, which she had received. Miss Dare is meditating living in the country through the summer in order to keep fit for her work in ''Lido Lady.'' She has almost settled on a house at Windlesham.' The Rambler, The Daily Mirror, London, Wednesday, 23 March 1927, p. 9b '''THE YELLOW MASK'' 'Success of Edgar Wallace's Spectacular Mystery Play at Birmingham 'FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT 'Birmingham, Tuesday. 'Birmingham was to-night introduced to a new type of stage play. '''The Yellow Mask,'' produced at the Theatre Royal, is a ''musical thriller.'' In it there are combined the principal elements of musicl comedy, with crime and mystery drama. 'The book is by Edgar Wallace, and the story demans, and obtains, dazzling and spectacular settings, which include clever representations of the Tower of London, the ballroom of a big liner and dungeons and palaces in Shanghai. 'The music, by Vernon Dukes, is consistently melodious, and the acting excellent throughout. 'Mr. Bobby Howes was a success as a comic detective, and as a comedian is now definitely in the highest class. 'Miss Phyllis Dare was her charming self, and Miss Wynne Collins made a big success as a perky schoolmistress. '''The Yellow Mask'' will come to London in the New Year. It has the ingredients of a popular success and should be as well received in the West End as it was in Birmingham to-night.' The Daily Mirror, London, Wednesday, 16 November 1927, p. 2b 'TO-DAY'S GOSSIP... 'The Complaint of the Moment 'Miss Phyllis Dare's admirers, and there are many, will be glad to hear that she is again playing her part in ''The Yellow Mask.'' She had throat trouble and had to take a complete rest for a week. There have been a lot of ''throats'' about lately. You get a short of influenza feeling, and the first thing that happens is that your voice goes.' The Rambler, The Daily Mirror, London, 7 March 1928, p. 9b 'Mr. Edgar Wallace's Musical Play Now at His Majesty's Theatre '''The Yellow Mask is now at His Majesty's Theatre and should be settled there for a long run. 'Mr. Edgar Wallace's amusing and thrilling mixture was well received. Bobby Howes and Phyllis Dare are an excellent pair.' The Daily Mirror, London, Wednesday, 28 March 1928, p. 6b 'PHYLLIS DARE ILL 'Necessity for Operation on Famous Actress Averted 'Miss Phyllis Dare, the actress, has been taken ill at Bournemouth. 'It was at first stated that an operation might be necessary, but last night it was learned that this had been averted. 'Miss Dare, who was born in 1890, made her first appearance on the stage at the age of nine in a pantomime.' The Daily Mirror, London, Friday, 14 November 1930, p. 2b photo caption 'Phyllis Dare, who has joined the cast of Noel Coward's ''Words and Music'' at the Adelphi Theatre, enjoying an oyster ''tea'' with him during an interval of the matinee in which she made her return to the London stage.' The Daily Mirror, London, Monday, 21 November 1932, p. 5c 'THEATRES... 'WIMBLEDON - (LIB. 1166.) At 8. CALL IT A DAY, Phyllis Dare, Percy Marmont. Thur. Sat. 2.30.' The Daily Mirror, London, Monday, 4 October 1937, p. 24d 'FROM SCHOOL TO STAGE. 'MISS PHYLLIS DARE AT WORK AGAIN. 'HER AMBITION. 'Miss Phyllis Dare arrived in London yesterday from Brussels to take Miss Edna May's part in ''The Belle of Mayfair,'' at the Vaudeville Theatre. 'Something of a record will be created when she takes her place on the stage on Saturday week. The preposal that she should play the part was only made to her father, Mr. Arthur Dones, on Tuesday, and that night he left by the Continental express for Brussels, where she was at school. She arrived in London at 6.30 yesterday morning, and hopes to learn her part and songs and be able to appear within ten days. 'When an ''Express'' representative called last evening, she was deeply immersed in a typewritten book of words, bound in brown paper. As girlish-looking as ever, although perhaps a trifle taller than when she last charmed a London audience, she wtill wears her golden hair down, and has not even advanced to the dignity of long frocks. '''I am delighted to be back again,'' she said. '' It seems an awfully long time since I was at home - quite ages and ages, although it is not really so long. '''It was a pleasant surprise for me when I heard I was to take Miss Edna May's part. It was worth coming back for, was it not? '''I was not due to leave school until the end of October, and you may imagine how frightlly surprised I was when father walked in yesterday. He had not even wired to say he was coming, and I could not think what had brought him over. 'FOND OF HER SCHOOL. '''When he told me, I was, of course, delighted, although in one way I was sorry, for I liked the school very much. It is kept by a very nice old lady, and there are not many girls. It was more like being one of the family than being at school '''We had to work hard, but, I went to see two operas in Brussels, 'Samson and Delilah' and 'Faust.' I had never seen a grand opera before, and I thought them lovely. '''I am not going back to school again, but I hope to go to Brussels next summer during my holidays to keep up my French.'' 'At this point a batch of more than thirty letters, addressed ''Miss Phyllis Dare'' were brought into the room. ''They are all the same thing,'' she said as she opened them one after another. ''All from people sympathising with me. Isn't it very kind of them?'' 'I had to tell Phyllis of the scandolous statements that have been made,'' Mr. Dones explained. ''I first heard somehting of the kind in June, but I did not pay much attention to the matter, and it was only quite recently that I realised how serous it was. '''When I made investigations I found that the rumours were even as widely circulated in the north as they were in London, and something had to be done to put a stop to them. I cannot imagine how they originated unless either my daughter or Mr. Seymour Hicks has some malignant enemy who deliberately spread them abroad. Of course, the fact that Phyllis was abroad at school lent apparently colour to them. 'LETTERS OF SYMPATHY. '''Since the case in Loverpool Police Court on Monday I have received dozens of letters of sympanthy by every post, and new, as you see, they have begun to arrive for Phyllis. Very many of them are from people we have never met, and they are all written in the kindest posible way. '''It iwll be impossible to write to everyone individually, and we shall be gratefly obliged if the 'Express' will convey our deep gratitute to the writers. '''No. I do not know much about my part yet,'' Miss Phyllis Dare continued, ''but I have glanced over it, and I know I shall like it very much. I shall be very hard worked for the nxt week for I have to learn between 3,000 and 4,000 words and two new songs. My first rehearsal will be tomorrow. ''Tso of the songs - 'Montezuma' and 'To-morrow' - I know already, but one of the others is new, and the other Mr. Leslie Stuart is writing specially for me. He is coming here this evening to help with the music, and I am quite anxious to know what my special song is like. ''The part is unlike any I have taken before, and I am very nervous about it. I suffer from stage fright, and I am more nervous every night I go on the stage than I was the night before. '''My only engagement for the future is to play ''Cinderella'' in the Edinburgh pantomime at Christmas. I do not think I shall leave musical comedy, but my great ambition is to play Juliet. I would be splendid. '''However, I shall not leave the stage, and I intend to devote my life to it. I am delighted at the prospect of going back to it.'' 'A special photograph of Miss Phillis Dare, taken on her arrival from Belgium, appears on Page 7.' [see photocopy] Daily Express, London, Friday, 28 September 1906, p. 5c '''THE GIRL FROM UTAH.'' '''WARMED UP'' MUSICAL COMEDY. 'MR. ''TEDDY'' PAYNE AT THE ADELPHI. 'Mr. Paul Rubens has written a barcarolle which is playing as an intermezza before the second act of ''The Girl from Utah,'' the new musical comedy produced by Mr. George Edwardes at the Sdelphi on Saturday evening. It is decidedly not an Offenbach-arolle - the pun is not altogether gratuitous, for to hear Mr. Rubens' composition immediately after the barcarolle in ''The Tales of Hoffmann'' would be to be given a vivid contrast between the art of the operettas of the Second Empire and the artlessness of the musical comedies of twenthieth century England. '''The Girl from Utah is an ingenuous production. The plot is thin, and is quite properly soon bundled off the stage. The dialogue, in which Mr. J.T. Tanner has had the assistance of Mr. Rubens, has little point or humour. The music, written by Mr. Sidney Jones and Mr. Rubens, is, with the exception of two or three of the numbers, nothing but amiable jingle. '''I know there is a postman in it somewhere,'' Dan Leno used to say when explaining the complications of his family, and we knew there was a Mormon in it somewhere on Saturday, but where the Mormon was exactly no one could decide, or indeed why he was there at all, except to give Mr. ''Teddy'' Payne (the name Edmund is far too formal for this incomparable droll) one or two ''comic entrances.'' 'The entertainment begins at te-time at Dumplemeyer's. The stage is filled with splendidly beautiful ladies (for which is more splendid than beauty?), gorgeously gowned, walking about with mannequin-like grace, and talking and singing with the air of detached kindliness which no one but an English chorus lady ever succeeded in assuming. With the ladies are the chorus gentlemen, equally fashionable and rather too pink. 'Then enter one after the other Mr. Alfred de Manby, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Gracie Leigh, Miss Ina Claire, Mr. Joseph Coyne, and Mr. Payne to sing and dance and be funny. It does not matter in the least who they are supposed to be, for happlily they remain themselves. There are eleven numbers in the first act, and after the interval, the barcarolle, and two preliminary scenes in Brixton, the production finishes at the Chelsea Arts Ball, the beautiful chorus ladies wearing wonderful Eastern dresses designed by Comelli, and looking beautiful than ever. 'BRICKS WITHOUT CLAY. 'If ''The Girl from utah'' succeeds (and Mr. Edwardes can certainly say, as Henry Pettitt said of his dramas, that ''It always has''), the success will be owing to the mounting, the dresses, the good looks of the ladies, and the skill of the chief performers, and unluckingly the scheme of the entertainment does not help the artists. 'Mr. Joseph Coyne, for example, is asked to make bricks not only without straw but practically without clay. Mr. Coyne is an actor with a most attractive personality. He brings on the stage the spirit of good temper. He has a quiet humour that is all his own, and he dances with an angel. When the two or three rude young men in the gallery booed on Saturday Mr. Coyne smiled on them, and they were appeased. But he was given practically no chances, and we were not allowed to enjoy him as we wanted to enjoy him. 'Miss Gracie Leigh, again, is a comedienne of something like genius. She is as full of fun as Miss Marie Tempest. She can dance, she can sing a comic song with the best. But her part is woefully thin. Her one song is none too good, and Mr. Edwardes should certainly have her part written up without delay. 'Mr. de Manby sang excellently. Miss Phyllis Dare does not quite possess the power and personality demanded from a musical comedy start if she is to give life to the author's dry bones, but her voice is greatly improved and she is eminently good to look upon. 'FASCINATING DANCER. 'Miss Ina Claire, a debutante from America, is a most fascinating little lady. Her song and dance by Mr. Sidney Jones is the most distinguished number in the piece, full of character and colour, and her rendering of it, with the strikingly dainty use of her hands, was really exquisite - an entirely artistic episode in a production in which art is not too obtrusive. 'There remains Mr. Payne, and one trembles to think that ''The Girl from Utah'' would have been without Mr. Payne. He has a ham and beef shop at Brixton, and he sings a rattling good comic song in which he describes how he ''hacks the ham and biffs the beef.'' On Saturday he was irresistibly comic, and the audience laughed at him until it wept. 'Mr. George Edwardes is an impressario of unrivalled experience and judgment. It is quite likely that he is right in assuming that there is a public for this artless entertainment as well as for Viennese operetta. It was asserted by an authoruty in the foyer on Saturday night, that one really wittey line would hopelessly damn the chances of the succes of such a piece as ''The Girl from Utah.'' But surely this is doubtful, and perhaps Mr. Edwardes will make the bold experiment. 'It may be assumed that he will, with his characteristic skill, prune and add and alter, and doubtless ''The Girl from Utah'' will run for a year.' S.D., Daily Express, London, Monday, 20 October 1913, p. 5c 'During the absence from ''The Street Singer'' of Phyllis Dare, who is on holiday, her part will be taken by Daisy Elliston.' The Daily Express, London, Monday, 24 November 1924, p. 10e 'Phyllis Dare will return to the cast of ''The Street Singer'' on Boxing Day.' The Daily Express, London, Monday, 22 December 1924, p. 9e 'A Segrave Shock. 'It was nice to meet again Zena Dare, just back from a Contnental holiday, during which she has been to Vienna, Budapest, and Florence, and flown part of the way. She is soon touring again in ''The First Mrs. Fraser.'' 'She immediately began deploring the death of Dehane [?] Segrave, who was known to nearly everybody in the theatre, as, indeed, is his charming wife, once Doris Stocker. 'Segrave was often seen in a box at first nights, and comedians liked to single him out for their gags. 'I was very distressed at sing upon the screen the other night the film showing Segrave's last race, and his fatal accident. 'It cast a gloom over the entire theatre, one which did much to kill the next picture. 'I do not think that such films should be shown. Segrave had innumerable friends, and this will horrify them all.' Segrave's funeral at Golders Green Crematorium yesterday is reported on the same page (col. g). Phyllis Dare was among the mourners. The Daily Express, London, Wednesday, 18 June 1930, p. 3d 'MISS PHYLLIS DARE. 'Miss Phyllis Dare, who was operated on yesterday for appendicitis, is reported to be ''going on very well.'' Daily Express, London, Friday, 12 December 1930, p. 1c 'LAST NIGHT'S NEW SHOWS '1. Yes, Mr. Hackett Knows 'Play: The Fugitives (by Walter Hackett). Theatre: Apollo. Players: Marion Lorne, Phyllis Dare, Godfrey Tearle, Edwin Styles. 'This is Mr. Hackett's nineteenth London play. By this time he ought to know how to do it. 'I got the impression last night that he honws so well that he can afford to gambol like a lamb at his work. He jumps us, for no particularly vital reason, from buccaneers and their casual fralls in the year 1636 to a curious company of not very convincing adventurers all scrabbling after a jewel haul during a Communist rising in the Spain of 1936. 'The Scotland-yard man (Godfrey Tearle) falls in love with the light-fingered lady's maid (Marion Lorne). What time Phyllis Dare remains constant to the role of a society gal smuggling royalist treasure out of the country [sic]. 'It's a ring-a-ring-a-roses and we all fall down. Except Mr. Hackett. He knows how to write third acts. 'It is easy to see why Miss Lorne has the biggest personal following on the London stage. She has the comedy forthrightness of Donald Duck.' Paul Holt, Daily Express, London, Friday, 29 May 1936, p. 23b 'Phyllis Dare broadcasting songs at the piano on Febraury 2.' Daily Express, London, Wednesday, 20 January 1937, p. 15c Radio, Regional, 9pm 'Scrapbook for 1922: Northcliffe, a great personality, recalled by Tom Clarke. The Lady of the Rose at Daly's, with Phyllis Dare and Harry Welchman. Some hitherto unpublished passages of Shackleton's diary with be read. Cairo succeeds Chu Chin Chow, by Frank Cochrane. Cast also includes Patrick Curwen, J.B. Rowe, L. Stanton Jefferies, Hebe Haworth, Helena Millais, Ernest Sefton, R.E. Burrell, Leslie Perrins, Leonard Hawke, E.O.P. Thomas.' Daily Express, London, Thursday, 21 January 1937, p. 19b Radio, National, 8pm 'Star-Gazing - No. 7. The Radio biography of W.H. Berry: presented by Leslie Baily and Charles Brewer; W.H. Berry will be assisted by Phyllis Dare, Mabel Russell, Thorpe Bates, Ashley Sterne, Stanton Jefferies, Harry S. Pepper; and the recorded voices of Evelyn Laye and Geoffrey Gwyther; cast also includes J.B. Rowe, Gwyneth Lascelles, Muriel George, Nancy Powley, Paul England and Myles Clifton; B.B.C. Revue Chorus and B.B.C. Variety Orchestra; compered by The Playgoer.' Daily Express, Tuesday, 25 January 1938, p. 19c 'Out of Show 'Condolences for Miss Phyllis Dare. She's been forced to drop out of the forthcoming Walter Hackett play, ''Toss of the Coin,'' through illness. Congratulations to Miss Christine Barry (late of ''The Gusher''), who takes over.' Daily Express, London, Friday, 4 March 1839, p. 19b ''Dead-pan' Esma steal a show '75 degrees; ''Other People's Houses; Ambassadors. 'This was Sma Cannon's night. 'For years Esma has been paying down-at-heal, tweenie-maids' paris, and no one has made a fuss of her. But last night that dead-pan face, cod-fish eye, and tremulous under-lip suddenly ''wowed'' the West End - and Esma stole the laughter during acts and the convesation during intervals. 'She was pivotal point [sic] in a bright, crackling domestic comedy about a country house filled with evacuees, whose one ambition was to return to London and smell the good old trams once more. 'Marie Lohr, Phyllis Dare, Henry (''Flag-Lieutenant'') Edwards extracted full comedy value from a situation all too familiar to many of us - the problem of making evacuees feel at home. - J.B.' Daily Express, London, Friday, 31 October 1941, p. 3d 'Sit Down Again, Adrian! 'PLAY: Sit Down a Minute, Adrian! 'THEATRE: Comedy. 'By Leonard Mosley 'Mr. Jevan Brandon-Thomas has written a farce which I can only describe as a careful study in supreme fatuousness. 'Only Mr. Evelyn Roberts (as a delightful blockhead named Adrian) and Miss Phyllis Dare (as a masterful mother) demonstrate that you can play at being congenital idiots on the stage and still be funny.' Daily Express, London, Friday, 6 August 1948, p. 3h 'MISS GERTIE MILLAR AS PLAINTIFF. 'Objects to Her Face Being Used on Picture Postcards. 'COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHS 'Favouring the Court with her most charming smile, and barbed in a delightful winter costume of brown furs, Miss Gertie Millar appeared as a plaintiff before Mr. Justice Carling and a jury yesterday. 'Her plaint was that a publisher of picture post-cards had been libelling her. In conjunction with a rtuhless photographer he had put her pretty little head on to other people's bodies. 'Worse still, these other people's bodies were arrayed in a manner that, to Miss Millar, was highly objectionable - ''quite vulgar,'' she called it. 'On one of the postcards there was Miss Millar's head attached to a lady's body that wore a nightgown. This other person's hand carried a candle. 'Picture postcard No. 2 represented Circe's body with Miss Gertie Millar's face. Circe might choose her own costume, and, from an artistic point of view, counsel agreed, nothing could be said against this costume being suitable to the poetic conception of Circe, but to substitute for Circe's face that of Miss Millar was too bad altogether. 'On picture postcard No. 3 a body with Miss Millar's head was seen emerging from an eggshell, an impertinence perhaps not outrageous, but still very objectionable. 'Miss Millar as Witness 'When Miss Millar gracefully swept into the witness-box it was seen at once that her tastes in dress completely differ from Circe's. She was snugly stowed away in a very ample, though perfect-fitting, fur jacket. On her head was the most piquant of fur toques. Her beauty shone demurely through a dainty veil. 'She began with what everybody knew - that she was in the profession that very celebrated lady [sic], Miss Gertie Millar, and in private life Mrs. Lionel Monckton. 'Her eyes brightened with indignation as counsel called her attention to ''the pictures.'' Yes, the face was hers, she said. '''I object,'' she exclaimed, in the manner with which she addresses stage villains, ''to these photographs. I always insist that my head shell be on my own body.'' '''The pictures are not beconing to you either as a married lady or as an acturess?'' ventured counsel. '''They are vulgar!'' replied Miss Millar with a contemputuous curl of her fair lip. ''They are not pretty.'' (Loud laughter.) '''Have the defendants (Messrs. Dunn and Company) every photograhed you?'' - ''No!'' 'Mr. Powell, K.C., began his cross-examination diffidently. ''Everybody knows that you are an actress?'' 'Miss Millar smile assent. '''And your photographs are all over the country?'' - Another reassuring smile. 'Blackbirds in a Pie. 'Thereupon counsel mustered up courage to produce a photograph which he said repreented ''Four-and-twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.'' 'The jury eagerly examined the picture, and found that the blackbirds were twenty-four of our fairest actresses. 'Miss Millar admitted that she had never been baked in a pie, either by herself or with Miss Billie Burke, Miss Ellaline Terriss, Miss Zena Dare, Miss Phyllis Dare, and Miss Gabrielle Ray. She admitted, too, that in the ''New Aladdin'' she wore knee-breeches and high boots. ''Have you allowed your photograph in such costumes to be published?'' asked Mr. Powell. - ''Yes, certainly.'' 'Mr. powell was getting bolder. He, too, made an admission: ''It is my misfortune never to have seen you at the Gaiety.'' 'A roguish smile came over Miss Millar's face. '''You have missed a treat,'' she said. 'With a sigh over lost opportunities, Mr. Powell produced a photograph. ''Does this represent one of your costumes?'' - '' Yes, a cowboy.'' 'Counsel then asked if theatrical ladies gave sittings to photographers. '''Some of them do,'' replied Miss Millar reflectively. ''It depends upon the ladies whether they are paid. I never sit without a fee.'' 'At this point another jury came in to record a verdict. Miss Millar availed hersle of the opportuntity to remove her jacket. Below appeared a white blouse from Paris and white gloves to the elbows in harmony. 'Mr. Justice Darling: The case is adjourned.' The Daily Mirror, London, Tuesday, 29 January 1907, p. 4c 'ACCIDENT TO TWO ACTRESSES. 'White the Misses Zena and Phyllis Dare were returning from the Queen's Theatre in a hansom yesterday the horse bolted while passing the Regent's Park Canal, and knocked down a lampost. Both ladies, however, escape with nothing worse than a few bruises.' The Daily Mirror, London, Wednesday, 15 April 1908, p. 4c 'YELLOW CAR MYSETERY. 'The police have served a summons, returnable at Haywards Heath Police Court, upon Mr. William Dones, of Maida Vale, in connection with the motor-car accident on Sunday, March 29, at Aldbourne, known as the yellow car mystery. 'Mr. Dones is brother of Miss Zena and Miss Phillis Dare. 'He will have to answer a charge of driving to the danger of the public. The police have already expressed the opinion that there was no actual collision.' The Daily Mirror, London, Monday, 27 April 1908, p. 4a 'CRYSTAL PALACE FIREWORKS. 'THEATRE FLYING MATINEE, 2.30, SEYMOUR HICKS and ZENA DARE in TRIPLE BILL; SIMPLE SIMON, 7.46; Mat., Wed., 3.0. Ladies' Orchestra, 2.30, 4.30; Combined Concert, with C.P. Military Band, 6.15 Zoo, Organ Recitals, etc....' The Daily Mirror, London, Monday, 25 May 1908, p. 12d, advertisement 'GIRL OF TO-MORROW. 'High-Waisted Gowns, Tight Caps and Ringlets To Be Worn. 'The ''fashion of to-morrow'' will be illustrated in the daintily quaint dresses to be worn in the new production at the Shaftesbury Theatre. 'At Mme. Lucile's yesterday the ladies of the company resembled wonderfully sweet little maidens drawn from old pictures. One could scarcely identify them with the girl of to-morrow, as the cynics depict her. 'With the summer gowns to be worn in Scene II. each carried either a parasol of brilliant colour, with a tiny baby shade and long handle, or a Directoire staff decorated with a cluster of posies or bows of ribbon. 'All the gowns were high-waisted, and quite sufficiently short to exhibit the exquisite shoes and stockings. 'The Directorie style was modified with panels and overdresses of soft chiffons and lovely embroidered nets. There was a be'be' effect in the threading of be'be' ribbons around the bottom of some of the skirts, in the tiney net sleeves, and the sweet little lace chemisette, with baby bows and knots of simple flowers. 'Little tight caps of silk to harmise with the gowns had long ribbons, which reached far below the waist, and quite hid the hair but for the tiny ringlets peeping out on each side of the face. 'Miss Phyllis Dare made a perfect example of the girl of to-morrow, in a white marquisette dress over pale pink satin, which was edged with flouncings of lace threaded with turquoise-blue be'be' ribbons. 'Her bell-shaped hat was trimmed with tiny pink and blue flowers, and from either brim a string of turquoise velvet was arranged under the chin. 'The devening dresses to be worn in Act III. were of Greek effect. Gold and wonderfully-harmonised stands of satin ribbon filets were arranged around the tightly-dressed hair, and lovely scarves were used in almost every dress as part of the draperies.' The Daily Mirror, London, Wednesday, 21 April 1909, p. 4b done to 465-472 inclusive; next 473 'THE SPEED OF MOTOR-CARS. - At Feltham yesterday John Cecil William Dones, of Randolph-road, Maida-vale, was summoned for driving a motor-car at a soeed if nire than 28 miles an hour on the London road, Staines, on May 25. Three previous convictions were proved against him, including one for driving to the danger of the public. The Chairman said that the Bench considered him a person who ought not to be allowed to have a licence at all. As small fines had had no effect, he would pay a fine of 20, and his licence would be endorsed and suspended for three months.' The Times, London, Thursday, 3 June 1909, p. 7c 'THE MISSES DARE'S PARENTS. 'At the Marylebone Country Court, yesterday, before Jude Selfe, Mr. J. Dones [sic], of Lauderdale-mansions, Maida-vale, was sued by his wife, Mrs. Dones. of Birchington-on-Sea, who claimed 90 apprars of maintenance under an order of alimony made by the Divorce Court. 'Mr. J. Oddy, representing Mr. Dones, stated that the daughter of the parties were the two well-known actresses, Miss Phyllis Dare and Miss Zena Dare, now the Hon. Mrs. Brett. Miss Phyllis Dare agreed three years ago to allow her mother 5 a week, and that was to be taken in liquidation of this debt, as she was very anxious that her parents should not be at variance over the matter. Mrs. Brett also made her mother a certain allowance. Mr. Dones was at present a temporary clerk in a bank, with a salary of 5 a week, and this former employer had guaranteed a payment of 25 a querter if the Court held that he owed this money. 'Judge Selfe adjourned the case so that further details might be furnished.' The Times, London, Tuesday, 15 April 1919, p. 9d Law Notices, 25 Febraury 1924 Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division. 'Court I. (HILL, J.) ... Dones v. Dones and Prado (Buckley intervening) (C) ...' The Times, London, Monday, 25 February 1924, p. 4g Wills and bequests 'The Right Hon. John Charles, first Viscount Mersey, P.C., of Toxteth, Lancs, and of Grosvenor-place, S.W., formerly President of the Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division, and of the Bankruptcy Court, who died on Stpember 3, aged 89, left unsellted property of the gross value of 82,068, with net personalty 80,815. He left: - . . . '1,500 upon certain trusts for the benefit of his former clerk, Arthur Dones for his life (to take the place of an annuity formerly paid by him, but which would cease on his (testator's) death.' The Times, London, Thursday, 24 October 1929, p. 19e Law Notices, 22 October 1935 'Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division 'COURT II. (THE PRESIDENT). . . . Dones, B.R. v. Dones, J.W.C. (expedited) (216) . . .' The Times, London, 22 October 1935, p. 5d 'THREE DECREES NISI RESCINDED. 'MASSEY v. MASSEY AND CHESTERMAN. 'OLIVER v. OLIVER AND OLIVER. 'DONES v. DONES AND PRADO '(BUCKLEY INTERVENING). 'The decrees nisi in these three suits were rescinded, the petitions dismissed, and the petitioners condemned in the costs of the King's Proctor, on the ground that the petitioners were themselves guilty of adultery. No order was made for or against the intervener in the last-named suit, as the issue against her was not determined. Nor was any order made against the petitioner on this part of the intervention. The intervener and the petitioner denied adultery together, and the decree nisi in the suit was rescinded on the ground of the petitioner's adultery with another woman. 'Counsel engaged were the Hon. Victor Russell, Mr. J.S.P. Mellor, Mr. Brakell Powell, Mr. T. Bucknill, and Mr. H.W. Barnard. 'Solicitor. - The King's Proctor.' The Times, London, Tuesday, 26 Febraury 1924, p. 5e 'MARRIAGES. 'THE HON. MAURICE BRETT AND MISS ZENA DARE. 'The marriage of the Hon. Maurice Brett, younger son of Viscount and Viscountess Esher, to Miss Florence Zena Dones (Zena Dare), took place privately early this week. The bride and bridegroom have left for the country for a few weeks, after which they will return and take up their residence with Lord and Lady Esher at Orchard Lea, Windsor Forest.' The Times, London, Friday, 27 January 1911, p. 13b 'THE TALK OF LONDON 'By The Dragoman. . . . '''THE YELLOW MASK.'' 'Lady Patricia [Ramsay]'s brother, Prince Arthur of Connaught, was a member of the unsually smart audience which had collected at the comfortable Carlton Theatre for the first night of Mr. Edgar Wallace's musical comedy-drama, ''The Yellow Mask.'' 'He was seated in the front row with Princess Arthur, and was giving what the French call ''the signal for the bravos,'' and evidently enjoying himself hugely. 'Not far away I noticed Mr. Selfridge, who looked delighted when the hero dropped from a seaplane with astonishing precision, right through the roof of the liner's safe-room, and in a box was the Hon. Maurice Brett, watching the performance of Miss Phyllis Dare with all the soliditude of an ideal brother-in-law. 'BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. 'A number of beautiful women were in the house. 'Miss Zena Dare (Mrs. Brett), who looked most attractive in a coat trimmed with white furt, arrived from the Playhouse in time to hear the applause which followed the final fall of the curtain, and others I saw were Miss Fay Compton, wearing a brown velvet cloak with deep fur collar, and the Hon. Mrs. Pitt-Rivers, in white. . . .' The Daily Express, London, Friday, 10 Febraury 1928, p. 4b-d 'GIRL OF TO-MORROW. 'High-Waisted Gowns, Tight Caps and Ringlest To Be Worn. 'The ''fashion of to-morrow'' will be illustrated in the daintily quaint dresses to be worn in the new production at the Shaftesbury Theatre. 'At Mme. Lucile's yesterday the ladies of the company resembled wonderfully sweet little maidens drawn from old pictures. One could scarcely indentify them with the girl of to-morrow, as the cynics depict her. 'With the summer gowns to be worn in Scene II. each carried either a parasol of brilliant colour, with a tiny baby shade and long handle, or a Directoire staff decorated with a cluster of posies or bows of ribbon. 'All the gowns were high-waisted, and quite sufficiently short to exhibit the exquisite shoes and stockings. 'The Directoire style was modified with panels and overdresses of soft chiffons and lovely embroidered nets. There was a be'be' effect in the threading of be'be' ribbons round the bottom of some of the skirts, in the tiny net sleeves, and the sweet little lace chemisette, with baby bows and knots of simple flowers. 'Little tight caps of silk to harmonise with the gowns had long ribbons, which reached far below the waist, and quite hid the hair but for the tiny ringlets peeping out on each side of the face. 'Miss Phyllis Dare made a perfect example of the girl of to-morrow, in a white marquisette dress over pale pink satin, which was edged with flouncings of lace threaded with turquoise-blue be'be' ribbons. 'Her bell-shaped hat was trimmed with tiny pink and blue flowers, and from either brim a string of turquoise velvet was arranged under the chin. 'The evening dresses to be worn in Act III were of Greek effect. Gold and wonderfully-harmonised strands of satin ribbon filets were arranged around the tightly-dressed hair, and lovely scarves were used in almost every dress as part of the draperies.' The Daily Mirror, London, Wednesday, 21 April 1909, p. 4b 'THIS MORNING'S GOSSIP . . . 'A Recriting Story. 'At a recriting concert at Lambeth Baths recently a revery interesting incident occurred. After Miss Phyllis Dare had sung her recruiting song and Mr. Marshall Hall had made a characteristically eloquent recruiting speech, a wounded private in the Irish Guards named O'Dwyer volunteered to sing a song. 'Proud of it. 'Wearing khaki, he was lifted up ont to the platform and cherrily stood up with the help of a pair of crutches. He had lost his right leg. O'Dwyer at once began to say a few words, and in a rich brogue told the audience that he was Irish and had lost his leg at Mons. ''I am proud of it,'' he added, ''and, Home Rule as I am, I don't mind losing my leg fighting for the old country, and I would lose it again for Britain.'' 'An Irish Hero. 'Afterwards O'Dwyer sang two songs, while Mr. Paul Rubens accompanied him on the piano. There's an Irish hero for you! No one was more impressed by him that Mr. Marshall Hall, who, of course, is a staunch Unionist. ''This is the sort of example we want at a time when so many unmarried men are holding back,'' was his comment.' The Daily Mirror, London, Saturday, 27 Febraury 1915, p. 10a '''A LAD'' IN ALADDIN. 'Nelliw Wallace as Seen by ''Daily Mirror's'' Last 500 Child Guests. '''She's a lad, isn't she, Nellie Wallace?'' so five hundred child guests of The Daily Mirror summarised in a phrase their impressions of one of the most wonderful afternoons of their lives as the quaint little comedienne walked into the Strand Corner House to accompany them at tea. 'Miss Phyllis Dare, Mr. Lupino Lane, Mr. Albert Darnley and most of the principals in the lavish Wylie-Tate pantomime, ''Aladdin,'' came down to see this last party of the fifteen hundred poor children who had visited the London Hippodrome during the past week. 'Then there were the toys and crackers and balloons from Messrs. Hamley's and Messrs. A.W. Gamage, Ltd., the chocolate from Nestle's, the gift of stocking from Harris' Hosiery Corner, 329-31, Oxford-street, and the Pip and Squeak chams from Mr. Walter Scaife, of Hatton-garden, and the great surprise of seeing real Pip, Squeak and Wilfred on the stage.' The Daily Mirror, London, Saturday, 12 March 1921, p. 2c 'STAGE AIDS CHILDREN 'Titled Programme Sellers at Holiday Fund Performance of ''The Street Singer'' 'The Princess Royal attended the special perfomance of ''The Street Singer'' given at the Lyric Theatre yesterday by Miss Phyllis Dare, and largely arranged by her sister Zena (the Hon. Mrs. Maurice Brett), in aid of the Chrildren's Country Holidays Fund. 'Lady du Maurier, Lady Lewis, Miss Margaret Bannerman, Miss Dorothy Dickson and others sold programmes. 'Every pound received means a fortnight's holiday in the country for a child from a London slum.' The Daily Mirror, London, Friday, 27 March 1925, p. 2c 'MISS EVELYN LAYE ILL 'Not to Paly Again This Week - Ten Minutes' Notice to Understudy 'Miss Evelyn Laye, who was taken ill at Daly's Theatre on Tuesday night half an hour before the curtain rose on ''Cleopatra,'' in which she plays the leading lady, is suffering from quinsy. 'Her condition is complicated by influenza, and her doctor has forbidden her to play this week. 'Miss Ileen [?] Evelyn, who played the part of Cleopatra on Tuesday night at ten minutes' notice, will continue to do so until Miss Laye's return. 'Miss Evelyn understudied Miss Laye in ''Pompadour'' and Miss Phyllis Dare in ''The Lady of the Rose.'' She is, at the moment also understudying Miss Lillian Davies as Katja at the Gaiety.' The Daily Mirror, London, Thursday, 27 August 1925, p. 2b 'ROYAL GREYHOUND WIN 'Queen of Greece Successful with Talunga at White City 'A notable feature of the greyhound racing at the White City was the success of the Queen of Greece with Talunga, who won the first event very easily from Air Hawk. 'Miss Phyllis Dare's Dreamer's Future was third in the hurdle race . . .' The Daily Mirror, London, Thursday, 7 July 1927, p. 23d 'ACTRESSES IN DANCER. 'The Misses Zena and Phyllis Dare had a narrow escape from serious injury yesterday afternoon as they were returning home in a cab from the Queen's Theatre, where Miss Phyllis Dare is rehearsing for her engagement at Manchester on Saturday next. 'As they were driving trhough Blomfield-road, along the side of which runs the Grand Junction Canal, the horse took fright at a steam barge and bolted. 'On Turning into Randolph-road the cab overturned. Miss Zena Dare, who was sitting on the side on which the cab fell, placed her muff on the side of her face, and thus saved herself from serious cuts and bruises to the head. 'As it was, she escaped with nothing more serious than several bruises on the shoulder and arm and a slight cut, although she suffered considerably from shock. 'Miss Phyllis Dare, who was thrown on the top of her sister, escaped with nothing worse than a fright.' The Daily Express, London, Wedesday, 15 April 1908, p. 5d 'MISS PHYLLIS DARE'S RETURN. 'An interesting feature of the successful revival of ''The Dairymaid'' at the Queen's Theatre last night was the presence of Mr. Justice Bingham, who sat in the stalls heartily enjoying the triump of Miss Phyllis Dare, who is the daughter of his clerk, Mr. Dones. 'Miss Dare has returned to London after a lengthy absence looking prettier and more bewitching then ever. The improvement in her art is no less remarkable. 'Her singing is richer and stronger, and her acting is replete with grace and charm. She will probably make a great hit as Juliet at the forthcoming special performance at the Queen's. 'Mr. Dan Rolyat, although suffering from an accident which necessitated the carrying of his arm in a sling, delighted the audience with his humour.' The Daily Express, London, Wednesday, 6 May 1908, p. 5e advertisement for this week's edition of Pearson's Weekly, 'among the special features of this issue are The Trails and Troubles of a Schoolgirl, by Miss Phyiis Dare . . .' The Daily Express, London, Saturday, 6 October 1906, p. 8d, advertisement 'At the matine'e on behalf of the British, French, and Belgian Red Cross funds, which Messrs. Andre' Charlot and Frank Brighten are orgainising at the Alhambra tomorrow, the only performance of ''Some Revue!'' specially written for the occasion by Messrs. George Grossmith and Frank Brighten, will be given, with remarkable cast [sic]. This includes Mesdames Ethel Levey, Lydia Kyasht, Marie Lloyd, Evie Greene, Clarice Mayne, Phyllis Dare, and Gladys Cooper. Messrs. G. Grossmith, Harry Tate, Malcolm Scott, Wilkie Bard, Bransby Williams, Robert Hale, and others.' Daily Express, London, Monday, 23 November 1914, p. 6e mentions that Ethel Irving and Phyllis Dare are still the principal attractions on the programme at the Coliseum Daily Express, Tuesday, 8 June 1915, p. 6e 'Musical Comedy Aspirants. 'QUALITIES THAT MAKE FOR SUCCESS. 'By MISS PHYLLIS DARE. 'There is no royal road to success in the world of musical comedy. There is why I hesitate before I reply to girls who want to adopt this branch of stage work. 'Begin at the beginning, and do not despise small parts. Remember, you cannot play star parts until you have learnt all that there is to learn bout the lesser ones. You cannot muster your art in a short while, and you can only attrain gradually and with patience. 'Never be satisfied with your own work, and always be anxious to improve. Personally, I always want to improve, and a I consider it a compliment when my friends tell me I am improving. 'And don't believe that the people who have got there have just been lucky. Hard work and not luck has been the cause of their success. 'Eighteen or nineteen is about the best age for a girl who is going to act in musical comedy and commence serious work. Although I went on the stage myself when I was a child, I do not think it at all necessary for other people to follow my example. As a matter of fact, child prodiges seldom fulfil the expectations and hopes centred around them. I do not know why this is the case; perhaps it is partly due to the fact that promising children are so often spoilt when they are young that they grow laze, and do not work as hard as they should. 'Needless to say, before the aspiring musical comedy star seeks professional work she must be able to sing, to dance, and to act. When a manager asks her what abilities and qualifications she has, she must be able to give him a satisfactory answer. She must have trained herself to some extent, and should have studied singing, acting, and dancing under good teachers. Unless a girl has a voice, of course, she will never be able to sing, and all the tuition in the world will not make her a success. But I believe that nearly all intelligent girls can learn to act. 'There is one other quality which is indispensable to the girl who wants to act in musical comedy. She must have personality, the right sort of personality, that is sufficiently strong to conquer obstacles and unbar strong doors with a master key.' Daily Express, London, Friday, 27 June 1919, p. 3b '''Baby Bunting'' 'The cast for ''Baby Buntin,'' the new Shaftesbury production, will include Miss Dorothy Minto in the origial ''Jane'' part, Mr. Dave Burnaby as the ''babe,'' Mr. Walter Catlett, a well-known American comedian, Mr. Ronald Squire, Mr. Henri Leoni, Mr. Robert Nainby, Miss Mimi Crawford, Miss Joyce Barbour, and Miss Daisy Eliston, a ''discovery'' who sconred a great success recently as understudy to Miss Phyllis Dare.' Daily Express, London, Wedesday, 16 July 1919, p. 7b Mr. Laurence Gresley, nephew of the eight Duke of Marlborough, and son of Sir Robert Gresley, and Margery Lancaster, a former chorus girl at Daly's are to we. Mr. Gresley was a pioneer among pre-war aviators. Miss Lancaster has been on the stage four years. She understudied Miss Phyllis Dare in ''The Street Singer'' on tour, and will play the lead in ''The Blue Train'' when the show starts in Grimsby on Monday next. The Daily Express, London, Saturday, 24 December 1927, p. 7b 'THE ART OF ACTING. 'MISS PHYLLIS DARE AS A CONSULTANT. 'Miss Phyllis Dare, who has already written her reminiscences, and who reached the mature age of eighteen last August, has published a pamphlet on ''How to become an actress,'' over the import of the Hirst Publishing Company. '''In my own humble opinion,'' she says, ''it seems to me that the best road to success in any walk of life is to actu on the advice of those who have succeeded.'' And she adds that the following are hints which she received herself. Their value will be realised when the position which Miss Dare holds on the stage to-day is taken into consideration. 'The following are a few of the more important himts:- '''Choose the right father and mother! Unless you have a great natural aptitude, is it useless to adopt the stage as a career.'' '''Learn to speak clearly and correctly, enunceating every syllable with proper emphasis, but without pedantry.'' '''You must be able to sing distinctly and well.'' '''After you have learnt to sing, you must learn to dance gracefully and manipulate your skirts with effect.'' '''Study daily in front of an ordinary looking glass, reciting scenes from well-known plays and depicting all the primary emotions, such as love, hate, jealousy, surprise, fear, etc.'' '''Seize every opportunity of practising what you have learnt in the privacy of your own room in front of your friends and relatives, so as to gain confidence in yourself in public. Do not be discouraged if your friends are not sufficiently appreciative. Remember that a prophet has no honour in his own country.'' '''If you are going to be successful you will not allow yourself to be disheartened by early fairues, nor will you be unduly elated at early success, should you achieve it.'' '''Study every part in the play as well as your own, and be ready to go on in the leading lady's role at a moment's notice. You are not likely to be asked, but it is as well to be prepared. Many young actresses have made a name by seizing opportunities of this kind.''' The Daily Express, Monday, 28 December 1908, p. 7e 'GAIETY GIRL'S SUCCESS. 'MISS ETHEL LAWSON'S UNBROKEN LUCK. 'Stage aspirants who have had bitter exprience of the difficulties attendant on gaining a footing in the theatrical profession will appreciate the remarkable good fortune that has befallen Miss Ethel Lawson, of the Gaiety Theatre. 'Miss Lawson made a striking success on Saturday night in the new Gaiety piece, ''After the Girl,'' and the ''Express'' critic called attention to the face that her exceptional talents did not appear to be utilised as fully as they deseerved. 'The young actress - she is only twenty-one - told an ''Express'' representative yesterday that she came to town with her mother five years ago, and, although she had not acquaintances in London and brought no introductions, succeeded at once in obtaining an engagement. '''I cam from Cardiff,'' she said, ''where I had studied singing under Mme. Clara Novello-Davies. Mr. Robert Courtneidge was then prparing 'The Arcadians,' so I went to him and asked for a voice trial. '''Mr. Courtneidge engaged me immediately, and soon I was understudying Miss Florence Smithson's part of Sombra. Afterwards, when I was only sixteen, I played Sombra in Miss Smithson's absence. '''Mr. George Edwardes next engaged me for ''The Sunshing Girl,'' in which I played Miss Phyllis Dare's part of Delia Dale. I also deputised for Miss Emmy Wehlen as Freddie in ''The Girl on the Film.'' '''I have been two years at the Gaiety, and am enjoying myself there immensely. The work and the life are glorious!''' Daily Express, London, Tuesday, 10 February 1914, p. 5f 'Miss Phyllis Dare is going on the halls, and will make her variety de'but at Gladgow on Monday.' The Daily Express, London, Friday, 17 July 1914, p. 6c 'THE DRAMA OF TO-DAY. 'By Clement Scott. . . . 'In recent years there have been few mor delightful entertainments than Basil Hood's exquisitely pathetic playlet suggested by the ''Ib and Little Christina'' of Hans Andersen. The acting was to me simply flawless, from the children, Vyvian Thomas and Phyllis Dear, down to the old man of Holbrook Blinn, the sweet child-wife of Eva Moore, the exquisite fancy of Mary Rorke, and, of course, the absolutely delighteful and ideal Ib of Martin Harvey, who, free at least from the captive fetters in the lonely Lyceum dungeon, is soaring like a bright bird to air and light and liberty...' Daily Express, London, Saturday, 19 May 1900, p. 2g 'MISS PHYLLIS DARE. 'REMARKABLE DEOMSTRATION AT THE VAUDEVILLE. 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