January 13, 2013

Vida Whitmore (b. 1882), American chorus girl and actress,
in London at the time of her appearance in a small part in the comic opera,
Dolly Varden, which ran for 39 performances from 1 October 1903 at the Avenue Theatre.
Mabelle Gilman was in the title role.
(photo: Biograph Studio, London, 1903; from The Sketch, London, Wednesday, 16 September 1903, p. 321)

‘Husband of Actress is Now Serving Two Years’ Sentence for Forgery.
‘Vida Whitmore, the actress, has just filed suit to annul her marriage to Mandeville de Marigny Hall [b. 1883/84], who is serving two years in the Rhode Island penitentiary for passing worthless checks at Watch Hill, R.I., and who will be released on Aug. 11. The actress got permission to serve the complaint on Hall in the prison by publication.
‘The complaint says that when Hall married Miss Whitmore in Jersey City on May 21, 1908, he was already the husband of Florence Teal of Rochester, whom he had married in Jersey City in 1906. The first Mrs. Hall got a divorce in 1909.
‘Shortly after Hall married Miss Whitmore they went to London on their wedding trip, and Hall was arrested there for giving a worthless check for an automobile. Soon afterward Miss Whitmore came back here alone and said that Hall had taken all her jewels. She was in the dressmaking business for a time, but afterward reappeared on the stage.’
(The Evening World, New York, New York, Thursday, 29 June 1911, p. 4d)

‘… And there’s Vida Whitmore. Poor dear, didn’t hear about the bad deal she got. She married Mandeville de Marigny Hall, son of a fabulously wealthy New Yorker and cousin of Duke Villanbrosa [sic]. What did she get? All her lovely diamonds and rubies in pawn. A suit for bigamy because Hall was in such a hurry to marry her he completely forgot he was still married to somebody else. Oh, dear! …’
”’I had known Mr. Hall two years when we were married. That shows you never find them out until you marry then. He made a will leaving me everything he possessed. That was funny for he didn’t have anything – but debts. He got me to pawn all the jewels I had, saying he didn’t want to see them about as reminders. He promised me a twenty-five thousand dollar pearl necklace in their place. That necklace was a dream. So are millionaires’ sons, now.” Mrs. Mandeville de Marigny Hall, formerly Vida Whitmore.’
‘Why No Chorus Girl Can Afford to Wed a Millionaire’s Son,’ El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, 26 March 1912, p. 7

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