Cecilia “Cissie” Loftus (born this day in 1876) was daughter of the equally famous music hall star Marie Loftus. She joined her mother onstage in her teens and was unique in her constant shifting back and forth among music hall, vaudeville, legit theatre and musical comedy. Like late Rome, she had two capitals: London and New York. In 1923 she moved to the U.S. permanently, continuing to play the Palace (as long as it lasted) and Broadway shows (until 1941). She also appeared in many Hollywood films during her last dozen years, although none can be said to stand out in the mind as classics. Drugs and alcohol were a problem for her in her last couple of decades. They finally took her life in 1943.
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She was actually in a couple of big pictures- but in THE OLD MAID she’s overshadowed by Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins, while THE BLUE BIRD is so bad it even defeats Shirley Temple.
In her very early days she was also the muse for Sir Max Beerbohm.