Paris, 1912 and the Folies Bergère

James Eadie and Cissie Ramsden were married at Brixton Registry Office on 27 February 1912. An announcement in The Stage newspaper declared they left for Paris that day to perform at the Folies Bergère.

The Stage 29 Feb 1912 [British Newspaper Archive]

Eadie & Ramsden did indeed perform at the Folies Bergère in March 1912. This was their second visit to Paris, their first engagement was at the Alhambra in Jan 1911. Eadie and Ramsden returned to Paris in November 1913 to perform at the Moulin Rouge.

La Lanterne (Paris) 6 March 1912 page 3 : At the Folies Bergere…

In Parisien memory, we have never seen a more sensational and newer attraction than Eadie and Ramsden. These extraordinary artists play a completely new sketch that is a pretty and an amusing tableaux where all the grace of Miss Eadie blends harmoniously with the elegance and suppleness of Ramsden. The latter -is the most dislocated man in the world and his fantasy of the best tone, makes him a unique artist of his kind, you must see Eadie and Ramsden in Folies Bergère review

[retronews.fr] Translated from French
Le Figaro 23 March 1912 (RetroNews.Fr)

Also at the Folies Bergère in March 1912 was comedy dance duo Moon & Morris shown here from a photo dated 1909.

We can only imagine how exciting Paris would have been for them in these last years of the Belle Epoque or what might had been if not for the outbreak of war. Eadie & Ramsden left Paris at the end of April 1914 and returned to London. On 28th June 1914 the heir to the Austrian throne Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated, events thereafter took Europe to war. On 1st August 1914 Germany declared war on Russia, two days later Germany declared war on France.

Mistinguett and Chevalier

In March 1912 when Eadie & Ramsden were performing at the Folies Bergere, the magnificent Mistinguett and a young Maurice Chevalier were on the same Spring Folies Revue. Mistinguett performed from the 12th March and was on the same daily programme as Eadie & Ramsden although it is doubtful they ever really knew her as she was already a major star. In her memoir Queen of the Paris Night, Mistinguett describes the years 1912-1914 as a period of intense work but for her a lessening of the tension. And it was the era that she met Maurice Chevalier with whom she later had a long relationship. Mistinguett says that “I don’t think I have ever been so paralysed with first-night nerves as I was before that first Revue at the Folies-Bergere. I was frightened, not only for myself but for Maurice. Stage fright is the nearest thing to a nightmare I know“.

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