Diary of a Daly débutante: being passages from the journal of a member of Augustin Daly's famous company of players

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Duffield & Company, 1910 - Biography & Autobiography - 249 pages

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Page 27 - I believe he could teach a broomstick to act; he shows everyone just how to move, to speak, to look; he seems to know instinctively just how everything should go to get the best effect.
Page 27 - Mr. Daly usually sits in one of the orchestra chairs during rehearsals, about five rows back, with folded arms, hat on the back of his head, watching everything with those keen blue eyes ; suddenly he will stop someone in the midst of a speech and request that person to repeat the lines or perform some bit of business in a different manner. Then, if the change does not suit him, he springs to his feet and rushes up on the stage, striding over the backs of the chairs and along a plank laid from the...
Page 103 - ... began to fret presently, and feel a little jealous of Bertha, her old schoolmate. She was little and couldn't dance like Bertha, and she couldn't help noticing how well Bertha looked to-night, and what a well-matched pair she and Harry made; and so, when twelve o'clock came and they all went outside to watch the Old Year out and the New Year in — with a big bonfire on the distant ridge where the grass fires had reached a stretch of dry scrub — and to join hands all round and sing "Auld Lang...
Page 120 - Daly came on the stage, smiling his sweetest, shook hands with us, said we had done splendidly, and that he was proud of us. Never have I seen a more fascinating man when he chooses to be. His eyes have a wonderful, compelling power — they influence men and women alike. When he smiles in that way one feels ready to do anything to please him. But his smile of sarcasm is another thing.
Page 3 - All the company was present, some on the stage, others sitting at the side, and a few persons were out in the auditorium. Mr. Daly sat on an old wooden chair on the stage with his back to the footlights, so close to them I thought he would surely topple over; old Mr.
Page 18 - Our Niece," for whom we must find something after the dear girls are provided for.
Page 204 - O happy fair ! Your eyes are lode-stars, and your tongue sweet air More tunable than lark to shepherd's ear, When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.
Page 101 - I don't see why they think they must be so loud just because they are on the stage, and so bold and free with the young men of the company, when they never met any of them before. We have actually heard somo of them swear; they use awful slang, and their grammar — well, it isn't there ! I hope they will be put in a dressing-room by themselves.
Page 59 - Mr. Daly is now rehearsing in the afternoons a company of some of the people that are not in either Wives or An Arabian Night to play Divorce in Jersey City and other places near New York.

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