Par Ricochet

Alfred Edwards, “Par ricochet” (1906) – 1st act only. In French of course 🙂 In this comedy Lantelme played Odette de Haupois.

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Lantelme in 1906 (photo from “Les Modes”).


Raymonde de Laroche: postcards and photos

I’ve found 2 photos of Raymonde de Laroche as Rigolboche in the drama “La Savelli” (RĂ©jane theatre, 1906/1907).

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French actress and future aviator Raymonde de Laroche as Rigolboche. Scan from “Le Theatre” # 195 (February 1907).

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French actress and future aviator Raymonde de Laroche in a scene from “La Savelli” (see caption). Scan from “Le Theatre” # 195 (February 1907).

Full text of the play can be found on Gallica, in “Je Sais Tout” magazine (link here).

Other actresses from “La Savelli”:

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RĂ©jane as La Savelli. Scan from “Le Theatre” # 195 (February 1907). The dress is really wonderful!

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Lantelme as madame Durand. Scans from “Le Theatre” # 195 (February 1907).

This is a postcard with de Laroche as Rigolboche:

De Laroche postcard08 Rigolboche

Her name was often written as Delaroche, and her theatre carreer can be followed via “Figaro” issues (the best source about Belle Epoque Paris theatres). In 1903 she’s at Sarah Bernhard theatre, in 1904 she’s at Mathurins, next year at Little Palace (I don’t know what a kind of theatre it was), in 1906 she’s at VariĂ©tĂ©s and later at ThĂ©atre RĂ©jane. A 1907 photo caption says she’s moved at NouveautĂ©s:

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Raymonde de Laroche. Scan from “Le Theatre” # 203 (June 1907). Additional (not scanned) caption: “Toilette de Christof Drecoll (6, rue de la Paix)”.

She’s wearing another dress by Drecoll in “Les Modes”:

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Raymonde de Laroche. “Les Modes” (june 1907). File found on Gallica site.

Postcards with Raymonde de Laroche photos:

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Postcard issued in Russian empire:

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Caption: “Baroness de Laroche is first woman aviator. She flies on an airplane by brothers Voisin. Aviation week at Saint Petersburg from 25 April to 2 May 1910” (in reality from 8 May to 15 May 1910).

Raymonde de Laroche with her dog:

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Raymonde de Laroche on a bycicle


Raymonde de Laroche on a bicycle.


Raymonde de Laroche autograph

An autograph of Raymonde de Laroche given after 1910 accident.

More beautiful photos here , on a French museum site. Many thanks to Corinne for the link!

Pictures found on delcampe, flickr, Gallica, via google and yandex + my scans.

Illustration Théatrale

Link to a scanned volume of Illustration Théatrale, French magazine that published plays and some photos:

First text in the volume is first half of Le Vieil Homme (The Old Man) by Porto-Riche, one of last plays where Lantelme starred. Full text (without photos) is here.

There’s also L’Enfant de l’Amour that Lantelme watched (see Simone‘s text), because her lover AndrĂ© BrulĂ© starred in this play; Les Petits and Ma Tante d’Honfleur with Eve Lavallière, and few other texts.

The scan & text quality is not perfect (online note: “Near impossible margins; some pages the physical text runs off the bottom of the page and lines or half-lines are missing from the book itself”).


Rehearsal of Le Vieil Homme. Scan from Femina, 15 December 1910. Lantelme is second on the right. The last one on the right is Alice Vermell (or Vermel, Vermeil – spellings are different. Here she’s called Vernell). This actress was one of few guests at the yacht L’AimĂ©e in July 1911 and could know why Lantelme died. At the trial (when Lantelme’s husband Alfred Edwards was accused of murder) she supported the version of accident.

On the same photo we also see writer Porto-Riche, madame Simone and other actors.


Lantelme by Sem, scan from L’Illustration (1911).

Few other volumes of Illustration Theatrale at site: volume 1, volume 3, volume 5.


More links: texts of plays where Lantelme starred.

Le Costaud des Epinettes by Tristan Bernard and Athis;

L’Age d’Aimer by Pierre Wolff.

Lantelme links

Lantelme and Vionnet (after the book by Pamela Golbin), with a Lantelme autograph to Madeleine Vionnet.

An internet archive site. Staff about theatre, American The Theatre magazine (vol. 13 and 14), English Stage Year Book, French Almanach des Spectacles  where some information about Lantelme can be found. Texts (in French) of comedies where Lantelme played:

Le Roi by Caillavet, de Flers and Arene ;

Le Secret de Polichinelle by Pierre Wolff ;

La Bascule by Maurice Donnay, a comedy where she made her debuts ;

Les Trois Sultanes by Favart ;

Le Vieil Homme by Georges de Porto-Riche ;

Le Marchand de Bonheur by Henry Kistemaeckers.

Text of one more play, Le Circuit by Georges Feydeau , on wikisource.