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November 5, 2021

Mabel Love: One of the Great Stage Beauties in Late Victorian and Edwardian Eras

Born 1874 in Folkestone, England, British dancer and stage actress Mabel Love played one of the triplet children in Masks and Faces at London’s Opera Comique in 1887, and the same year, she appeared in the Christmas pantomime at Covent Garden. Still only 14, she enjoyed widespread popularity in George Edwardes’ Burlesque Company at the Gaiety Theatre playing the dancing role of Totchen, the vivandi√®re (camp follower) in Faust Up To Date (1888–89).

Over the following 30 years, Love starred in a series of burlesques, pantomimes and musical comedies. Among her successes were Francoise in La Cigale and Pepita in Ivan Caryll’s Little Christopher Columbus. Later, she appeared at the Folies Berg√®re in Paris and in Man and Superman on Broadway.

Love retired from the stage in 1918, and in 1926, she opened a school of dancing in London. Her only return to the stage was in 1938, as Mary Goss in Profit and Loss at the Embassy Theatre.

Love died at Weybridge, Surrey, England in 1953 at the age of 78. These beautiful photos captured portraits of Mabel Love in November 1910.

1 comment:

  1. "Beauties" must mean something different where you come from.




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