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January 18, 2013

Madge Temple (1875/80-1943),
English actress, vocalist and music hall comedienne
(photos: unknown, circa 1905)

This tinted real photograph postcard of Madge Temple, actress, vocalist and music hall comedienne, was printed in Saxony and published about 1905 by the Aristophot Co of London.

Miss Temple made her first appearance in pantomime at the Lyric Theatre, Ealing, West London, at Christmas, 1900. She subsequently toured in a production of Leslie Stuart’s musical comedy, Florodora and other similar pieces before making an appearance on the variety stage for the first time, at the London Coliseum on 18 December 1905. After that, she made successful tours of music hall circuits, with such songs as ‘Come, Be My Rainbow,’ ‘He’s a Very Old Friend of Mine’ and ‘I’m Looking for Mr Wright.’ The latter was among a number of songs which she recorded for Pathé in 1909 or 1910, which may be heard on ‘Chez Pathe,’ vol. 2, a CD of music hall songs by original artists issued by Music Hall Masters (MHM 015).

In private life, Madge Temple was married to Herman Darewski, a prolific and successful composer of popular songs, and died in Sheffield on 8 December 1943.

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