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Edna May’s wedding party

February 6, 2013

Edna May (1878-1948), American musical comedy actress, star of The Belle of New York, is married

Mrs and Mrs Oscar Lewisohn on their wedding day with guests, Ascot, 4 June 1907
left to right, seated: Mrs Pettie (Mrs Lewisohn’s mother) and Gertie Millar
left to right, standing: unknown, Jane May (Mrs Lewisohn’s sister),
unknown, Pauline Chase, unknown, Edna Lewisohn (Edna May) and Oscar Lewisohn
(photo: Bassano, Ascot, near Windsor, Berkshire, 4 June 1907)

EDNA MAY WEDDED.
‘Exciting Chase by Motorcars to Registry Office at Windsor.
”’I AM VERY HAPPY.”
‘Miss Edna May, the Belle of New York, has adopted her last rôle – that of Mrs. Oscar Lewisohn, the Copper Queen.
‘The marriage of the popular actress to the son of an American millionaire took place at the office of the Windsor superintendent registrar. The anxiety of the bride and bridegroom to avoid a public ceremony occasioned some amusing incidents. Few people knew where the ceremony was to take place. A host of motor-cars accordingly lay in ambush outside the bride’s residence, Torwood, at Ascot.
‘The watchers were rewarded, for shortly after ten o’clock a motor-car, in which were the best man and Miss May’s sisters, came out of the grounds and sped swiftly away on the Windsor road. A few seconds late a big red car followed. Miss Edna May was immediately espied nestling among the cushions, and the powerful cars of those in waiting sprang forward in pursuit.
‘Miss May, who was accompanied by her mother and Mr. Lewisohn, was the first to discover the pursuit. Dismayed at first, she subsequently became vastly amused, and in the first stage of the run looked repeatedly out of the observation window with that same bewitching expression which drew shout after shout from delighted audiences when, as the Salvation Army girl, she sang ”Follow On.”
‘Nervous Bridegroom.
‘The bride was wearing a close-fitting dress of crêpe de Chine, heavily embroidered with white lace. Round her neck was a string of magnificent pearls, and her demure little face looked still more demure in the picturesque setting of a Romney picture hat.
‘Mr. Lewisohn’s nervousness was most apparent, especially when he took from his waistcoat pocket the golden ring to place on the finger of his bride. Miss May was calm, although tears glistened in her eyes.
‘Standing face to face with Miss May, Mr. Lewisohn made the usual declaration:
”’I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, Oscar Lewisohn, may not be joined in matrimony to Edna May Titus.”
‘The bride then made a similar vow, and Mr. Lewisohn followed with:
”’I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, Oscar Lewisohn, do take Edna May Titus to be my lawful wedded wife.”
‘Miss May pronounced similar words, and the ring was then placed on her finger. The register – wich was signed by the whole party -gave the following particulars:
”’Oscar Lewisohn, twenty-two years of age, son of Leonard Lewisohn, deceased. Address, Torwood, Ascot, Berks.
”’Edna May Titus, twenty-eight years of age, divorced wife of Frederick Titus, formerly Edna May Pettie, daughter of Edgar Cory Pettie. Address, 1, Cadogan-place, London, S.W.”

Edna May
Edna May
(photo: Lallie Charles Ltd, 67 Curzon Street, London, W, circa 1907)

‘Cheers greeted the bride and bridegroom as they emerged from the office, and on the steps Mrs. Lewisohn stopped to accept a small bouquet from Miss W. Jefferies, a girl of fifteen, well known in Windsor as a clever amateur actress.
‘Later a number of well-known theatrical people arrived at Ascot by special train from London, and participated in the wedding breakfast, which was laid out in a large marquee on the lawn. Meanwhile, congratulations poured in over the telegraph wire.
‘When the health of the bride and bridegroom were drunk, Mrs. Lewisohn said:
”’I am very, very happy. My husband is also, I am sure.”
‘The happy couple subsequently left for the Continent, where they will make a long honeymoon tour in a motor-car.’
(Weekly Dispatch, London, Sunday, 9 June 1907, p. 5e)

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