Posts Tagged ‘Clara Lipman’


Mabel Hite

February 27, 2013

a photograph of Mabel Hite (1883-1912),
American vaudeville comedienne and musical comedy actress
(photo: Moffett, Chicago, circa 1908)

‘Oakland Orpheum Has Mabel Hite and Mike Donlin at Head of Bill
‘OAKLAND, June 12 [1909]. – Mabel Hite and Mike Donlin open at the Oakland Orpheum tomorrow afternoon at the head of an unusually strong vaudeville show. Probably Mabel Hite and Mike Donlin would be sufficient in themselves to crowd the theater, but the management has associated with these brilliant players a galaxy of artists, including some of the highest prices vaudeville acts in the world. There will be five new acts in the show.
‘Mabel Hite is know as one of the cleverest comediennes in the land. Mike Donlin, her husband, the idol of New York ball players, for years one of the Giants and now an actor, has become under Mabel Hite’s tuition an interesting stage figure. They will appear in a musical sketch entitled ”Stealing Home.”
‘An extraordinary attraction is promised in the contribution of Gillingwater and his players. He was once one of Charles Frohman’s stars and made a hit in vaudeville. His play, a ”Strenuous Rehearsal,” is one of the vaudeville classics.
‘Mazuz and Mazotte will provide snappy acrobatic comedy. The Vindebonas from Europe have a musical novelty. Billy Van, an old minstrel star, will entertain. The sunny south act of 10 colored dancers and singers, the Baader-La Velle trio of cyclists and Peter Donald and Meta Carson in ”Alex McLean’s Dream” make up the bill.’
(The San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, Sunday, 13 June 1909, p. 24e)

‘New York, Oct. 23 [1912]. – Mabel Hite is dead. After a brave fight against conditions which were hopeless from the first, the little vaudeville actress and musical comedy star passed away at her apartment, 526 West One Hundred and Eleventh street, at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. She was conscious up to within a few minutes of the end and then fell into a sleep which merged into painless death.
‘Mrs. Elsie Hite, her mother, was with the actress when she died, but her husband, Mike Donlin, well known as a ball player, was not. Mr. Donlin was in Youngstown, O. where he had just opened in a vaudeville act, with Tom Lewis as his partner. He was notified by wire and replied that he would start for New York immediately. Until he arrives plans for the funeral will be held in abeyance.
‘Mabel Hite had been a Broadway favorite ever since her metropolitan debut as Nerissa in A Venetian Romance. She always displayed a distinct personality in grotesque parts and an unusual versatility in character roles. She had the facility of making her audience laugh or cry with her as she saw fit.
‘Miss Hite was born at Ashland, Ky., on May, 30, 1883. she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hite. Most of her girlhood was spent in Kansas City. Her first professional appearance on the regular stage was with Dunn & Ryly’s Company in [Charles Hoyt’s] A Milk White Flag.
‘Her first real hit was made as Estrelle in The Telephone Girl, which part was created by Clara Lipman.
‘Later Miss Hite appeared in vaudeville in partnership with Walter Jones. She married Michael J. Donlin early in 1906, when he was with the New York Giants. Vincent Bryan wrote them a baseball sketch and it was with his wife that Donlin made his first stage appearance. (The Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, Wednesday, 23 October 1912, p. 10b/c)


Clara Lipman

February 8, 2013

Clara Lipman (1869-1952),
American actress and singer
(photo: Schloss, New York, mid 1890s)

Husband and wife, Louis Mann and Clara Lipman in The Laughing Girl, on a tour of the United States, December 1893
‘Miss Clara Lipman and Louis Mann in the Laughing Girl.
‘Miss Clara Lipman, who scored a decided hit in Incog, will assume the role of Gertrude in the Laughing Girl, which will be produced at the Barton [Fresno, California] Thursday evening, December 7th [1893], in conjunction with Louis Mann and a competent company.
San Francisco Post says: ”Miss Clara Lipman is a beautiful actress and what is more acts naturally and well. She won her way to the hearts of the audience at once. She is probably one of the best looking women on the stage.”’
(The Fresno Bee, Fresno, California, Sunday, 3 December 1893, p. 4c)

The Laughing Girl.
‘A Highly Amused Audience Laughed With Her.
‘A fair size audience was The Laughing Girl at the Barton last night. Considerable interest was attached to the production because of its author, Mrs. D.F. Verdenal, who is the mother of Mrs. Colonel Forsyth of this city.
‘Mrs. Verdenal proved her ability as a play writer some time ago and this, her latest play, is very creditable. It abounds in funny situations and has considerable witty dialogue. The audience was a very appreciative one and did not stint its applause. ‘Louis Mann was very amusing as Professor Hauseman, the bashful lover, and received the lion’s share of the applause. Miss Clara Lipman, as Gertrude Sanders, the laughing girl, made the best of her role. The support was fair.
‘The curtain raiser, The Day After the Wedding, was very much enjoyed.’
(The Fresno Morning Republican, Fresno, California, Friday, 8 December 1893, p. 3f)