Her mother once told her that she could sing before she could talk, and it was her success as a singing student at the Royal Academy of Music which led her thoughts stagewards. It thus came about that at eighteen years of age she made her debut in a small part at the Comedy Theatre. That was in 1884, and until 1900 Miss Tempest devoted herself to musical comedy, her greatest successes, perhaps, being scored in such plays as " The Artist's Model," "The Geisha," and " San Toy." Though she excelled as a singer, however, she was pre-eminently an actress, and during the last ten years has demonstrated by her cleverness in such plays as "Becky Sharp," " Caste," " The Freedom of Suzanne," that her forte is real comedy. Beyond a fondness for Pekingese dogs, Miss Tempest confesses to no hobbies.
Miss Marie Tempest Lallie Charles