All posts for the month March, 2013

17 March 1932 Rosie Dolly and Irving Netcher marry

Published March 20, 2013 by Gary Chapman

Rosie Dolly and Irving Netcher decided to get married in New York and so travelled from France to America in March 1932. Before sailing from Cherbourg, Rosie announced to the press that they would not purchase joint property in France because of the high taxes and because their future life would include too much travelling, so she must have already sold her properties in Paris. ‘If this marriage doesn’t take, I am entering a nunnery,’ Rosie added, as she sailed away aboard the Olympic with 12 trunks containing 40 hats, 50 pairs of shoes, 15 evening gowns and 20 dresses of green, black and white and beige made specially for her honeymoon. On arrival in New York, Rosie and Irving were guests of Mr and Mrs Nate B. Spingold, a motion picture executive and his wife, who had formerly been the famous New York modiste Mme Francis, in their apartment at the Waldorf Astoria.

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Rosie Dolly and Irving Netcher, arriving New York aboard Olympic on the eve of their wedding

At a civil wedding ceremony on 17 March 1932, conducted by Mayor James J. Walker of New York, Rosie, wearing an almond green gown, green shoes and a hat to match, tied the knot with Irving. Irving’s brother Townsend, his wife Constance Talmadge and the Manhatten millionnaire William Seemen and his wife, the former movie star Phyllis Haver, were witnesses. Norma Talmadge was also one of fifty intimate friends in the wedding party. Rosie said that she was prepared to be a playmate bride not a drudge to her new husband: ‘Men want companions when they marry . . . they want their wives to play, to be merry and happy not to take life too seriously . . . You see I’ve had experience . . . I think I know what men want. I’ve tried marriage before, so I should be better qualified to make this marriage successful.’

The Dolly Sisters: Icons of the Jazz Age out now in paperback and e-book versions


March 1921 The Dolly Sisters Meet David, Prince of Wales

Published March 20, 2013 by Gary Chapman

It was in early March 1921 that the Dolly Sisters first met David, Prince of Wales during the run of Jigsaw at the London Hippodrome. They declined to simply appear as entertainers and dance at a party Sir Philip Sassoon was giving and intrigued he went to see them. He appreciated their point of view and as a mark of his appreciation he invited them to his Park Lane home and the party as guests. The Prince of Wales was there with Prince Henry and they both engaged the Dolly Sisters in conversation and danced with them.

‘Pinch me, I’m dreaming,’ Jenny said during a break; ‘it’s like a fairy book.’

This was the beginning of a long friendship that endured into the 30s with a more serious entanglement between Jenny and David, Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) in 1924.

The Dolly Sisters: Icons of the Jazz Age out now in paperback and e-book versions

Jenny’s car accident 2 March 1933

Published March 4, 2013 by Gary Chapman

As Jenny Dolly and her companion Max Constant returned to Paris by car on the misty dawn of 2 March 1933, Jenny’s chauffeur Noel apparently dozed at the wheel and the car left the road at 75 miles an hour just outside Cavignac, 30 miles from Bordeaux. The car bounced from one tree to another along the roadside before overturning and hitting another tree throwing Jenny 30 feet. Her injuries were extensive. The entire right side of her face was terribly torn and mutilated, and she had an eye injury. One of her lungs was punctured. Several ribs were shattered. She had concussion, and her skull was fractured. But most seriously she had severe internal injuries, which included a displaced stomach. She was in a coma for five days and delirious for one month. Max Constant was in a coma for forty-eight hours but was less critically injured.  Noel, the chauffeur, also survived the crash, but there were no reports of his condition.

The Dolly Sisters: Icons of the Jazz Age out now in paperback and e-book versions