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Famous Prima Donnas

[Illustration: EDNA MAY As Violet Grey in "The Belle of New York."]

Famous Prima Donnas

By Lewis C. Strang

Author of " Famous Actors of the Day ," " Famous Actresses of the Day ," " Famous Stars of Light Opera ," " Players and Plays of the Last Quarter Century ," etc.

Illustrated

L·C·PAGE·&·COMPANY BOSTON PUBLISHERS

Copyright 1900

BY L. C. PAGE & COMPANY (INCORPORATED)

All rights reserved

Third Impression, February, 1906

COLONIAL PRESS Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, U. S. A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

INTRODUCTION ix

I. ALICE NIELSEN 1

II. VIRGINIA EARLE 21

III. LILLIAN RUSSELL 30

IV. JOSEPHINE HALL 46

V. MABELLE GILMAN 56

VI. FAY TEMPLETON 67

VII. MADGE LESSING 81

VIII. JESSIE BARTLETT DAVIS 88

IX. EDNA WALLACE HOPPER 104

X. PAULA EDWARDES 113

XI. LULU GLASER 120

XII. MINNIE ASHLEY 134

XIII. EDNA MAY 147

XIV. MARIE CELESTE 156

XV. CHRISTIE MACDONALD 172

XVI. MARIE DRESSLER 181

XVII. DELLA FOX 192

XVIII. CAMILLE D'ARVILLE 208

XIX. MARIE TEMPEST 222

XX. MAUD RAYMOND 233

XXI. PAULINE HALL 239

XXII. HILDA CLARK 253

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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EDNA MAY as Violet Grey in "The Belle of New York" Frontispiece

ALICE NIELSEN in "The Fortune Teller" 7

VIRGINIA EARLE as Winnifred Grey in "A Runaway Girl" 21

LILLIAN RUSSELL as "The Queen of Brilliants" 42

MABELLE GILMAN in "The Casino Girl" 56

FAY TEMPLETON singing the "coon" song, "My Tiger Lily" 67

MADGE LESSING 81

EDNA WALLACE HOPPER 104

PAULA EDWARDES 113

LULU GLASER 120

MINNIE ASHLEY 134

CHRISTIE MACDONALD 172

MARIE DRESSLER 181

DELLA FOX 192

MARIE TEMPEST 222

Introduction

The musical stage in the United States may be said to be a birthright rather than a profession. A critical examination of the conditions quickly shows one that the number of women at present prominent in light opera and kindred forms of entertainment, who have earned their positions by continued endeavor and logical development in their art, is comparatively small. The majority are, in fact, the happy victims of personality, who have been rushed into fame chiefly by chance and a fortunate combination of circumstances. They are without the requisite training, either in the art of singing or in the art of impersonation, that would entitle them to be seriously considered as great vocalists or as great actors... Continue reading book >>




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