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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 11, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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Eliz Gergely, Hungarian Prima Donna, Who Is to Be Seen as "Sari."
New York, N. Y., July 11. Some
half dozen years -ago a little Hun
garian girl of 14, who had just arrived
in America, was entered in one of the
local high schools. Because of her
imperfect English, she had to go into
a grade lower than she had occupied
in Budapest.
Ashamed because she found herself
in a class with girls much smaller
than she was, the Hungarian girl de
cided to make a flying leap for a stage
career, so she played hookey one day,
went to Hammerstein's office and
asked for a chance 'to sing in his
grand opera company.
Oscar smiled at the eager child in
her short frock and told her to run
home and play with her dolls. But
the child knew she had a good voice,
she wanted to go on the stage, and
she was as full of tricks as the great
Oscar himself. Next day she put up
her hair, dressed herself in a gown
she abstracted from her mother's
closet, and. .again appeared-, attHam-
merstein's office. He recognized her
at once, but was so much amused by
her performance that he gave her an
engagement as a boy in "Carmen."
She finished the season with the
opera company and won the consent
of her parents to a stage career. Sin
gularly enough, however, they want
ed her to become a great European
star, so for six years she sang and
acted in German companies in this
country. But, despite her parents'
ambitions and her foreign name, Eliz
Gergely has finally decided that she is
going to play in English on the Amer
ican stage, and she is now rehearsing
the title role in one of the "Sari" com
panies which Henry W. Savage will
send out this fall.
A remarkable production is to be
made by Morris Gest at the Manhat
tan Opera House early in the fall,
"The Story of the Rosary," a spec
tacular romance jiow having a -big-run
in London, is to be brought..p.Yej,
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