Madge Lessing

May 9, 2013

Madge Lessing (1866-1932), actress and vocalist, in the summer of 1900
(photo: Elmer Chickering, Boston, circa 1900)

‘The bottom part of the screen was cut out of the picture so that Madge’s black tights would receive the full benefit of a white background. Stand out fairly well, don’t they? Madge is working [in New York] with The Rounders Company, at the Casino now. She’d rather be at the sea shore, but the men who run the beaches have no business sagacity. They don’t pay salaries for their attractions, so Madge has to confine herself to the most difficult task of making other stay-at-homes feel – what she herself cannot feel – glad to be there.’
(The Standard, New York and London, Saturday, 28 July 1900, p.23)


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