Tonight I'll be performing at this fabulous event:
You can read excerpts from Rachel's book and purchase it on amazon.com:
Albert Garzon, who charted the music I'll be performing, is a bit of a biographer as well. Check out his information on Lydia Thompson's daughter, Zeffie!
Zeffie Tilbury, the daughter of Lydia Thompson, was born on
November 20, 1863. Her father died a year later in a tragic accident
while horse racing and hurdle jumping.
Zeffie Tilbury, age 7:
Zeffie was drawn into acting because her mother was one of the most famous
actresses in England. And soon to be the most famous burlesque performer
in the world.
Zeffie - age 20:
A sampler of Zeffie's long and successful acting career:
Aug. 1885 - First trip to USA with Mary Anderson Troupe. Zeffie played in
"Pygmalion" (which was new at the time), "Ingomar" and other shows.
The Mary Anderson troupe troured a good portion of the country. Lydia
Thompson accompanied her daughter on this trip (Zeffie was not quite
22 years old) and Lydia had many friends in America to introduce her to.
Mary Anderson - mid 1880's
1886 - "The Coming Clown", "Blackberries" and "Turned Up" - Royalty Theater,
London. Zeffie appears with some of her mom's old Ixion comrades including
comic Willie Edouin and his wife Alice Atherton.
1887 - "Sultan of Mocha", "Babette", "The Golden Key" and "Kenilworth".
Zeffie performs in the UK with her mom in a number of burlesques, and stars
in the revised edition of the burlesque, "Kenilworth".
1888 - "A Winter's Tale" - Zeffie and her mom are back in the USA touring.Zeffie with the Mary Anderson troupe; she has a leading role in "A Winter's Tale".Lydia is touring and headlining under promoter Micheal Leavitt. Lydia's tour hitsCanada, and as far West as Los Angeles, but runs out of money in the mid-West.
1892 - "As You LIke It" - Zeffie and Lydia performed together in Philadelphia;
Zeffie playing Rosalind to Lydia's Audrey
1894 - "Crust of Society" Zeffie and Lydia appear together in the American
version of Dumas' "Le Demi-monde". Lydia plays the supporting role of
Lady Downe to Zeffie's starring role as Mrs. Chapel. The producers of this
show are listed as: Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Lewis (Zeffie is Mrs. Lewis !)
1901 - "Twelfth Night". Zeffie stars as Maria at Her Majesty's Theater, London.
Her Majesty's Theater, London
1903 - "Crust Of Society" - Zeffie is back in New York, with a remake of her
successful production from 1894. (she is almost 40 years old)
1904 - "Twelfth Night" - Zeffie is back in New York with the Mary Anderson
troupe - this time at the Knickerbocker Theatre on Broadway. Lydia Thompson
accompanies Zeffie primarily for moral support as she does not perform on this
Knickerbocker Theater, New York (Broadway & 38th St.)
1905 - "Winter's Tale" and "Twelfth Night" - Zeffie is back at the
Knickerbocker in New York with Mary Anderson. Sadly, Lydia was not up
to the task of oversea travel at this time and stayed behind in London.
Zeffie Tilbury in the early 1900's
Click here to read more about Zeffie, and to read more of Albert's research!
Posted by Jo Weldon, Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque, for burlesquedaily.blogspot.com.