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Adrienne Augarde

February 20, 2013

Adrienne Augarde (1882-1913),
English actress and singer
(photo: The Biograph Studio, London, circa 1905)

AUGARDE, Adrienne:
‘Actress, made her first appearance on the stage in the chorus of the J.W. Turner Opera Company, rising gradually on tour to prominent parts. She went to London the following year, joining George Edwardes’s The Duchess of Dantzic company, playing the leading ingénue rôle at its opening at the Lyric Theatre, London in 1903. Following this she created the title rôle in Lady Madcap at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1904. She came to New York, appearing in The Duchess of Dantzic with the original English company. She remained in the United States only two months and returned to London to assume the title part [sic] in The Little Michus, produced at Daly’s Theatre, 1905. She appeared in See -See for two months and a half, and then created the rôle of the Princess in The New Aladdin, produced at the Gaiety Theatre [29 September 1906].’
(Walter Browne and E. De Roy Koch, editors, Who’s Who on the Stage, B.W. Dodge & Co, New York, 1908, p.24)

Adrienne Augarde
Adrienne Augarde with one of George Graves’s Gazekas
at the time of her appearance as Blanche-Marie
in the first English production of André Messager’s The Little Michus,
Daly’s Theatre, London, 1905-1906
(photo: Bassano, London, 1905/1906)

‘Death of Adrienne Augarde.
‘One of the most gifted of musical comedy comediennes, Adrienne Augarde, died in Chicago last week following an operation for appendicitis. Miss Auguarde’s most recent successful performance in this country was in The Dollar Princess. An enthusiastic critic once said of Miss Augarde, “Give her two bits of ribbon, a frock as simple as a maid’s, a snatch of a song as simple as her frock, and she will outshine a regiment of stage beauties anywhere.” Miss Augarde made her debut on the London stage ten years ago. She made a tremendous hit singing Renee in The Duchess of Dantzic.
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 23 March 1913, Magazine Section, p.3a)

‘“MAKE-UP” BOX HER CASKET.
‘Ashes of Adrienne Augarde, English Actress, Mailed to Former Home.
‘Chicago, Mar. 22 [1913]. – A silver casket wrought from a “make-up” box will carry the ashes of Adrienne Augarde, the English actress, whose body was cremated here yesterday.
‘The casket, consigned to Mrs. Henrietta Augarde, the actess’ mother, was mailed today to England.’
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 23 March 1913, p.1e)

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