Day 459

A. F. of A. monument

April 2nd, 2013

The Actors Fund of America has a burial section here at the Evergreens. Among the many impoverished entertainers whose ashes have been interred here is the Australian-born Sylvia Willes. After she died in 1917, the NY Times wrote:

She weighed exactly 19¾ pounds and stood 25½ inches high, just big enough to permit her to have photographs taken for advertising purposes while standing in the palm of a man's hand.

Mrs. Sarah Willes, the "Princess's" mother, said last night at the Hotel Gerard that during her daughter's stage experience in this country, at home, and in South Africa, she amassed approximately $250,000 in salaries for performances and royalties from her picture postal cards, but this had been dissipated through mismanagement.

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