Transatlantic Stage Stars in Vaudeville and Variety: by Leigh Woods (auth.)

By Leigh Woods (auth.)

This booklet indicates eminent actors appearing less than stringent stipulations in vaudeville. It used to be an odd thought in 1900 that best lighting fixtures of the valid level might ever subscribe to a invoice of 'turns', with every thing from song-and-dance to criminals regaling crowds with their exploits. It chronicles well known actors exhibiting tough fare in tough times.

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Tree may have left the Palace in retreat, but not before she'd touched on imperial issues with greater urgency than Amy Roselle or Maurice Barrymore had summoned. Even in the spirit of charity, though, Maud Tree's "Beggar" seemed presumptuous to those who determined to make her respond to them. Their patronizing her beyond the price of admission, especially the ones who least could afford it, was the reply to her patronizing them. If the Boer War was to be promoted for easing distinctions of class, Mrs.

3o The pieces he chose were quintessentially English, and Proctor would have liked that. The producer had acquired the Fifth Avenue earlier that year. A former theatre as Keith's Union Square was, it stood only a short walk from the bustling shopping district known as "the Ladies' Mile" running up Broadway between 14th and 23d Streets. The choice location put Proctor in position to supplant Keith at the head of upper-end vaudeville in greater New York. With the Fifth Avenue for his jewel, Proctor needed to polish the fare to be shown there.

Tree in authority. Nor was it happenstance that had Olivier's celebrity crest in the same year he opened The Entertainer in London. His appearance opposite Marilyn Monroe in a lightweight Ruritanian costume drama called The Prince and the Showgirl had Hollywood using him to dignify her bosomy credulity, and her to refresh his renown as classical actor par excellence. Theirs wasn't a marriage like the Trees', nor any closer to being made in heaven. But it joined Olivier and Monroe, however uneasily, in grazing on the other's celebrity as a way of feeding their own.

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