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Marguerite Sylva

Marguerite Sylva (1875-1957),
Belgian born mezzo-soprano and actress

(photo: Chickering, Boston, USA, circa 1903)

Footlight Notes no. 677

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for the week ending
11 September 2010

Home - FOOTLIGHT NOTES, images of theatre and other popular entertainment, 1850s-1920s - a cabinet photograph of Lily Landon (fl. 1880s/1890s), English music hall serio-comic and pantomime principal girl

Grace La Rue (1882-1956)
American actress and singer

Sound file (click on image) - Grace La Rue (1882-1956) first became known in London at the Palace Theatre on 4 August 1913 when she introduced her audience to 'You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It),' the song which had been made famous on Broadway by Al Jolson. She subsequently appeared in the musical play The Girl Who Didn't, which opened at the Lyric Theatre, London, on 18 December 1913. The sensation of the evening was Miss La Rue's rendition of Elsa Maxwell's extraordinary 'A Tango Dream,' which she recorded for the HMV label (03373) at the studios of The Gramophone Co Ltd, Hayes, Middlesex, on 6 February 1914.

Celebrity of the Week - Gertie Lena (Mrs Roberto Lena, b. 1880), English actress and singer

Postcard of the week - Lily Brayton and Oscar Asche in Laurence Binyon's tragedy Atilla, produced at His Majesty's Theatre, London, 4 September 1907

Cigarette Card of the week - unidentified burlesque actress/entertainer, early 1890s

Advertisement of the week - Neil Kenyon (1873-1946), Scottish music hall comedian, indisposed in New York, January 1914


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