Sitter: Miss Régine Flory [probably] (1894–1926)
"The calm suicide of the temperamental French actress, Mlle. Régine Flory, in (he presence of Sir Alfred Butt, M.P., a director of the Drury Lane Theatre, London, was recounted at the inquest, when the coroner returned a verdict of suicide while of unsound mind...
Her real name was Marie Louise Artaz, and she was 34 years of age...
The Vaudeville New and New York Star, New York, Friday, 9 July 1926
While the performance of Rose Marie was being played to a packed house at Drury Lane, Mlle. Regine Flory, a French revue actress and dancer, shot and killed herself in the manager’s office at the theatre. It is said the tragedy occurred in the presence of Sir Alfred Butt and another man, a friend of the actress, while Mlle. Flory was having an interview with Sir Alfred over some business connected with theatrical employment. The dead woman was only 32 years of age and had appeared in various West-End shows at the Palace, Gaiety, etc. her last engagement in London was in 1917 and, it appeared, she was very desirous of again starring in a musical show. Two years ago she attempted to drown herself in the Seine, and had been in ill health for some time.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 160 New Bond Street, London.
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No of poses: 4
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