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June 8, 2013

Blanche Deyo (née Pixley, 1880?-1933), American dancer and actress
(photos: unknown, USA, circa 1895)

“‘The Girl from Paris” proved a popular attraction to the out-of-town visitors last week. Miss Mabel Clark has been engaged to give a dance, in place of Mlle. Deyo, who sailed for England last week.’
(New York Daily Tribune, Sunday, 2 May 1897, p. 10e. Blanche Deyo was not in the original cast of The Girl from Paris, which began its run at the Herald Square Theatre, New York, in December 1896)

The Tivoli music hall, London, week beginning Monday, 17 May 1897
‘Mademoiselle Deyo, who made her début before an English audience at the TIVOLI this week is a little danseuse who had a considerable success in America. She is light and graceful, evidently an enthusiast in her profession, and may go far, for the public is becoming rather tired of the many travesties on dancing, which a wealthy of sit only half conceals.’
(The Graphic, London, Saturday, 22 May 1897, p. 634b)

The Palace music hall, London, week beginning Monday, 11 October 1897
’… pretty, smiling Miss Deyo wins all hears by her dainty dancing and her bright and buoyant expression.’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 16 October 1897, p. 20a)

‘Mlle. Deyo, more familiarly known here as “the Beautiful Deyo,” who was favorably received in The Girl from Paris, Excelsior, Jr., and 1492, and who left our shores for new worlds to conquer, has again been heard from. At the close of her London engagement of several months at the Palace she went to South Africa, where she opened at the Palace Theatre, Johannesburg, on Jan. 24, making a decided hit. Mlle. Deyo will return to London in April and opens in Paris May 1, after which she will begin a Continental Tour, playing the principal cities of Europe as far as Moscow, Russia. She will not be seen in New York again until 1900.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, 19 March 1898, p. 20b)

Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London, Christmas 1899
‘The programme of Christmas holiday attractions at the Empire Theatre is long and varied. Belloni’s flock of white cockatoos perform some surprising tricks upon swing and miniature bicycles; this is followed by some clever character dancing by Miss Deyo and a gymnastic display by the “Three Gladenbecks.” …’
(The Times, London, Wednesday, 27 December 1899, p. 8d)

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