Among the characteristic stories told of A Miss Viola Tree, daughter of Sir Herbert and Lady Tree, whose engagement to Mr. Alan Leonard Parsons, son of the Rev. F. W. Parsons, the Vicar of Tandridge, Surrey, has, at the moment of writing, been announced, is the following: Miss Tree was once asked as a little girl whether she intended to become an actress when she grew up, and answered decidedly, "No; mother means me to marry." But Miss Tree did become an actress, and a talented singer, too. As a matter of fact, her ambitions were always in the direction of a musical career. "I like music better than the drama," she once confessed. "Perhaps the reason lies in the fact that we are a musical family. My mother used to teach me the songs of Schumann and Schubert when I was a little girl. My father sang when he was a little boy - he tells me he sang his voice away - and although he never really studied music, is very fond of it." Miss Tree, who was born in 1885, and made her first appearance on the stage at the -Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, in 1904, decided, after three years' theatrical experience, during which she played in most of her father's Shakespearean productions at His Majesty's Theatre, to study singing, going to Milan to secure the best Italian tuition. She returned to the stage for awhile, appearing in "Orpheus in the Underground," and in a dramatised version of Sir Edwin Arnold's "The Light of Asia," which was given the title of "Buddha."
Miss Viola Tree Dover Street Studios
Viscountess Curzon Lallie Charles