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LIMELIGHT

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Grand Old Lady of the London stage, Ada Reeve, celebrated her eight- ieth birthday by lighting her usual cigar and signing a contract with the Players

Theatre.

No motion picture musi- cal star today is idolised as Sydney worshipped Ada de- cades ago. The original Tivoli paid her £500 a week. In the old town's night-life she flitted from champagne parties at Paris House to midnight sausages and-mashed at the "Cafe de Fairfax", the coffee-stall outside the "Herald" office.

In near-oblivion Ada was running a milk-bar for Hugh D. Mcintosh in Picca- dilly Circus until the blitz. When theatres re-opened she scored in a lucky engage- ment as a Cockney flower girl in J. B. Priestley's "They Came To A City".

Not one critic, who raved about Ada as a wartime dis- covery, remembered her as London's musical-comedy queen from a previous gene-

ration.

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Those shaggy characters you see walking with ob

vious gentlemen among the stately slums of Macleay Street are not drifters de- manding the price of a drink. They are well-known Sydney actors sprouting beards for "Long John Sil- ver"; and the gentry are acr tors, too, but out-of-work, begging Grant Taylor, Guy Doleman and Lloyd Burrell to put in a word for them with the producers when shooting starts to-morrow.

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There is a spot of legal bother for Robert Newton. Waiting for him when he returns to America from Australia is a Superior Court writ claiming 300,000 dollars for allegedly walking out on a British- production of "Trilby." He was cast as Svengali at £2750 sterling a week, opposite Hildegarde NefPs Trilby. The producers declare he stepped off the set after three weeks and wouldn't go back.

Digitisation generously supported by
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Digitisation generously supported by

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