Did you ever wonder about those old glory days Carlotta Vance and Oliver Jordan reminisced over in 1933’s Dinner at Eight? Well, here’s what Carlotta may have looked like way back when in a photo I found inside the pages of the March 1906 issue of the Burr McIntosh Monthly:
Here’s what Burr McIntosh Monthly had to say about Marie Dressler in the section describing that issue’s portraits:
MARIE DRESSLER was born in Coburgh, Canada. Her first appearance on the stage was as Cigarette in a dramatization of “Under Two Flags,” by Richard Ganthony, the author of “A Message from Mars,” who is a brother-in-law of Miss Dressler. The following season she joined the Baker Opera Company and made a distinct hit as Katisha in “The Mikado.” She then appeared in “Little Robinson Crusoe” with Eddie Foy in Chicago. It was during this engagement that A.M. Palmer saw her and placed her under contract. He was not successful in getting the play he wanted for Miss Dressler and he loaned her to George W. Lederer to create the part of Flo. Honeydew in “The Lady Slavery” at the Casino. After that she went into vaudeville for a short season and following this she played the leading part in “Hotel Topsy Turvy,” and “The Man in the Moon,” and headed her own company in “Miss Prinnt.” For two seasons she played the leading roles in “The King’s Carnival” and “The Hall of Fame.” The following year she was seriously ill, and on her recovery joined Joe Weber’s Stock Company, and is now playing in “Twiddle-Twaddle.”
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Signs of the Times: Other photos from inside this issue included Alice Roosevelt Longworth, King Edward VII, Marshall Field, and the Stanley Steamer!