Cannes Casino

All posts tagged Cannes Casino

The Dolly Sisters and The Battle of the Flowers

Published February 11, 2013 by Gary Chapman

The Dolly Sisters often appeared in the Battle of the Flowers at Cannes in early February. Once they were dressed alike in white in a carriage, decorated with carnations of various tones and lilac, which was drawn by two black horses. They stole the show and were the immediate target for all the press photographers.

What was the Battle of the flowers? One of the major events of Carnival, the first flower parade was organised along the Promenade des Anglais in Cannes in 1876 and had by the 1920s become a huge event. Every species of wheeled vehicle decorated as flower floats slowly appeared from the casino gardens, and a prize for the best decorated was awarded. They were overflowing with pretty young girls, who threw flowers into the crowd of spectators, although the original idea was to throw flowers at those they desired.

Dollies BOF

The Dolly Sisters: Icons of the Jazz Age out now in paperback and e-book versions
http://bit.ly/WPudP5

Advertisements

The Dollies visit Cannes for the first time in February 1923

Published February 5, 2013 by Gary Chapman

In early February 1923, the Dolly Sisters, left Paris for their first excursion to the French Riviera. Eugene Cornuche, who ran the Deauville Casino, also owned the Cannes casino and had secured the Dollies for Cannes  after their success at the Deauville Casino the previous summer.

When the Dolly Sisters arrived, some thought that their ostentatious display of jewellery and their frivolous behaviour were vulgar and struck a rather discordant note. It was a commonly held view that many ex-actressess and dancers had often succeeded in overcoming their lack of breeding, but the Dolly Sisters were regarded as quite a different story. ‘They were brash in a new and disconcerting way – very modern and indiscreet and quite unbearably nouveau riche.’

The well-bred English visitors returning home began to wonder whether the Riviera was becoming overrun with undesirables. The Dollies were not, however, the only undesirables. They were part and parcel of a new type of visitor to the Riviera, one that the old guard clearly despised – Americans!

Dollies in Cannes

 

The Dolly Sisters: Icons of the Jazz Age out now in paperback and e-book versions
http://bit.ly/WPudP5

Spring time on the Riviera

Published February 5, 2013 by Gary Chapman
In late January or early February the Dolly Sisters, like so many other migratory birds, flocked to the Riviera and Cannes in particular, where they settled down in the plush Carlton Hotel and the luxurious Casino containing the fashionable Ambassadeurs hotel.

Image163 2
The Dolly Sisters: Icons of the Jazz Age out now in paperback and e-book versions
http://bit.ly/WPudP5