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English music hall singer, dancer and comedienne, sister of the great Marie Lloyd.
Alice Lloyd made her first appearance on the professional stage at Foresters Music Hall in 1888 with her sister, Gracie (they were billed as The Sisters Lloyd).
She achieved her greatest fame in American vaudeville, becoming a star on her fourth visit to the USA in 1907. What the Americans liked was her gentle, girl-next-door English Rose appeal, and this was reflected in her billing, soon changed from “English Comedienne” to “The Dainty Chanteuse.”
Her success with American audiences was overnight and greater than anyone, including Alice, could have expected. Her salary soared from £200 to £1,500 (or from $1000 to $7500 at the exchange rate of the time) and her stay in America was extended to three months. Before she returned home to fulfil a pantomime engagement, she was signed up for the next season of 40 weeks at £2000 ($10,000) a week over a 5-year contract.
This is a fine short handwritten and signed note on blind-stamped headed notepaper (Ennerdale, 10 Streatham Hill, London SW), sending an autograph to a fan. One horizontal and one vertical correspondence fold, laid to a page and then neatly trimmed; in good overall condition.
It is interesting that the date on the letter, April 14th 1904, is presented the American way (4.14.1904 rather than 14.4.1904).