Postcard bookmark showing Constance Collier

Postcard bookmark showing Constance Collier

Constance Collier could truly be said to be one of the original Gaiety Girls. She arrived at the stage door aged 15, in 1894, desperate for work. George Edwardes, the manager of the Gaiety Theatre, refused to take her on until she had permission from her mother, who was also an actress. He then ‘groomed’ her with an intensive course of lessons in elocution, singing, dancing and fencing. She was in both A Gaiety Girl and The Shop Girl, the two shows which made the Gaiety Girls famous. Constance was one of the ‘Big Eight’ amongst the Gaiety Girls. Edwardes chose the most glamorous girls to share a special dressing room. Constance became a popular actress and souvenirs like this postcard in the form of a bookmark were eagerly collected by her fans. After leaving the Gaiety, she became a leading Shakespearean actress and eventually went to Hollywood.