Private Dinner

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Creator

Lillian Nordica Residence

Title

Private Dinner

Date

October 14, 1894

Coverage

London

Description

When performing in London, actress and singer Lillian Russell often stayed with American soprano Lillian Nordica, whose home at 11 Clarence Terrance overlooked Regent’s Park. Given that Nordica was a friend of British royalty, it would be fascinating to know who among the Victorian glitterati may have attended this private dinner party possibly to celebrate Russell’s appearance in the comic opera “The Queen of Brilliants,” which was then nearing the end of its run at the Lyceum. Lillian Nordica was an early celebrity endorser for the Coca-Cola Company, which used her image in ads beginning in 1904. The card is signed: “Yours with Good Luck, Lillian Russell.”