Daily News from New York, New York on February 1, 1940 · 498
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Daily News from New York, New York · 498

New York, New York
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Thursday, February 1, 1940
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o H K Q GASOLINE ALLOY IIO USE D E I II G CWOOTY J winn, rai Ymmviow. V "WWx 1 f wuwu. w j?.T Neva? hwp. J WUCI? tD SEE 7 HAVS TO STf HIM J ;'4 k PgSK. ''M WUMPIE 02 SHALL f ASK MiSS SNIPS, M I vs. Wax cu. d n His office, wfeL Tl ''-'l lw ome m ssewt) -wueiaco I - r j;! -Jl A full page of Gasoline Alley in colors appears in the comic section of the SUNDAY NEWS By DANTON WALKER incidental intelligence (About Opera Stars) Lauritz Melc-hior'a wife always says to him "Hals und Beinbruch' (I hope yoa break your arms and legs) when he goes onstage to sins:, because to wish an opera star "lood luck is considered tne worst or an possible omens. . . . Lawrence Tibbett practices a handstand before an operatic performance, because it brings the blood to his head and in creases the circulation. . . . Hose Bampton is invariably presented with a miniature penguin by her husband, Wilfred Pelletier, prior to a per formance. It s a good luck symbol, and she now has around 400 of them. ... Elisabeth Kethberif demands that Leopold Sachse, the Metropolitan's stage director, give her a bright, new penny or else she won't step before the footlights. ... Lotte Lehmann has fotographa of her entire family sixteen in number on her dressing room table and kisses each one of them before leaving for the stage. . . . Giovanni Martinelli spends long hours in his wood working shop, following the trade of his father, a cabinet maker ... and Kirs ten Flagstad's favorite form of relaxation i.i playing bridge, at which she is expert. w Lily Pons favorite number is 13, because she was born on a Friday, the 13th, and made her Met debut in '31. . . . Her Connecticut automobile license plate is LP-13, and that of her husband, Andre Kostelanetz, is AK-13. . . . Gladys Swarthout blows bubbles just before singing, to increase her breath control, an idea suggested by her husband, Frank Chapman, who increased hi3 own lung" capacity by blowing up rubber sleeping bags while traveling on expeditions with his father, Dr. Frank Chapman Sr., curator of ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History. . . . Friedrich Schorr is an amateur athlete, and when Rudolf Laubenthal, Walther Kirchoff and Gustav Schuezendorf were at the Met, the Wagnerian quartet would frequently repair to a 40th St. gym and "beat the Valhalla" out of each other. . . . Charles Kullman had sixty different jobs while working his way through Yale, and prior to making his first Met audition was working as a butcher's assistant. . . . Herbert Janssen, who was a lawyer before becoming an opera singer, made his debut from the back of a horse. The horse bucked and threw him into the orchestra pit, where he finished the aria. Geraldine Farrar was urged by Richard Strauss to sing the title role in "Salome," and when she protested that her voice was inadequate, was told by the composer that if she performed the Dance of the Seven Veils per directions without any clothes no one would care if she had voice or not. ... Mary "Garden once dyed her hair green to satisfy a whim of her press agent. ... Maria Jeritza spent much thought inventing new positions in which to sing her arias standing on a chair, lying flat on the floor, etc. and once sang part of "Carmen" sitting in a wheelbarrow. . . . Amelita Galli-Curci always wore three petticoats with every costume, because she had once dropped her one and only shift onstage during a performance, causing the curtain to be rung down. . . . Natalie Bodanya lost her undies during her debut at the Met, but calmly kicked them into the orchestra pit and went on singing. ... Feodor Chaliapin insisted on singing all his roles in Russian, with the rest of the cast singing French, Italian, German, or whatever language the opera was written in. Antonio Scotti was deeply religious and always kissed a crucifix before going onstage. . . . Caruso was a talented amateur cartoonist, and whenever he went on tour never engaged a suite of less than twenty rooms, . . . Rosa Ponselle and her sister, Carmela, began their careers as a vaudeville song and dance team, billed as the Ponzillo Sisters. . . . F.zio Pinza's hobby is collecting medieval poison rings. . . . John Charles Thomas, being absentminded, sometimes forgets the text of his songs and substitutes his own brand of Esperanto to cover up. ... Marcella Sembrich grew so tired of having her hair dressed that she shaved her head and wore nothing but wigs the latter part of her life. . . . Lillian Nordica hated rehearsals and frequently sent her operatic coach, Ro-mayne Simmons (now musical casting director for the Shuberts), to walk through her roles. Alfred Hertz, the director, addressed him as "Herr Nordicus." . . . Olive Fremstad believed the best costumes were last-minute inspirations, and frequently went onstage in something held together merely with safety pins. Artur Bodanzky was the only Met conductor who preferred to sit, and always occupied a specially-built chair overlooking the orchestra. . . . George Sebastien, another conductor, is a gargle and toothpaste addict, and sometimes gargles twenty-five times a day. ... Andre de Segurola was first of the big operatic stars to go into the movies (he'a now a voice teacher in Hollywood), when be was signed by Constance Hope to appear in "Eyes of Youth." with Gloria Swanson. ... "Louise," an essentially French opera, all about Paris, was popularized by three American singers, Mary Garden, Geraldine Farrar and Grace Moore . . . and incidentally, the film version of "Louise," with Grace Moore, will be shown at the Little Carnegie Theatre tomorrow, exactly forty years after the opera premiere in Paris. rr 71 r 4 (Picture on page 33) Check Up on Your Table Manners! 51 y wife and I are angry with our relatives because they say that we don't pay any attention to table manners ! I admit we're not accustomed to dining at smart restaurants, but we don't eat peas with a knife either! We've decided to let you settle the question for us. Is there any rule about soup spoons.? Are they left in the soup plate or on the plate beneath t And what about the small spoon served with a cup of consomme? Where is that spoon left? What about a serving spoon? And what about the small spoon served with a cup of consomme ? Where is that spoon left ? What about a serving spoon ? And what about the old question about salad? Is it still bad form to cut salad with a knife? Is it ever permissible to do so? Do you think average middle class folk should pay attention to such trival etiquette rules? Have you any booklets to offer us? Answer: Dont yoa think you and your wife are a bit careless? There's a happy medium between those who habitually dine at smart restaurants and those who eat peas with a knife! Why not resolve to strike the balance between? The soup spoon is left in the soup dish, not the plate beneath. The small spoon is put on the saucer. It's not proper to leave a spoon in a cup whether you've had coffee, tea or soup. If the salad is not too hard, break it with the fork. Hard lettuce may be cut with a knife. I'd advise you to check up -on these "trivial etiquette rules" so that your manners will be correct whether at home or in public. My special booklet, "Table Manners" should help you. It contains a list of "Finger" and "Fork" foods, tells how-to eat various foods, etc. Just send a Going Their Separate Wags '3 J. . ' . v.-3yaM-.aaer.Mcmiiiiinir-:w- -WW ' ry v ; - . I - Vi I I I r t- f- - I c A i Fairly dripping with furs, Elaine Barrie (she's Mrs. John Barry-more) enters Belasco Theatre for opening of "My Dear Children" last night. See review on ' opposite page. stamped, addressed envelope for it. Black Tie With Tuxedo Is it proper for a bridegroom to wear a white tie with a tuxedo? PUZZLED. Answer: No, a black tie is correct. Elinor ' Amea will answer questions regarding etiquette and entertaining. Address Elinor Ames, The News, 220 E. 42d St., New York. Send stamped, self-addressed envelope. HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS IrV V V ivV "A REVELAnOM v y, v v vy v gem brilliant . besrudded.' ltd friend. The Mimt tiros' j0 DINNER or SUPPER SHOW & DANCING 2 SHOWS WfGHTLT, mww UPPER rl 'j KCING II ; t ii u Thotel miamobrt, 4tth st. J wrt tf BROADWAY 4- Circle S-C589 E'smnnm"- MOOO 5S And while Elaine makes her entrance by the front door, John properly enters the Belasco by way of the stage door. HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS h, omfiiie (ham K ISverett j m mi oagland s J u: r-v Sf and His Orchestra I OVA XX I "World's Greatest Pickpocket" Songs by f Uinner and 5upper Dancing Convert after 1 1 P. KL. $ I Saturday, tl.JO Waldorf-Astoria No Couvert for Dinner Guests Remaining for Supper N

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