Scrapbook, Stella Lamond, cardboard/ paper/ leatherette, Australia, 1915-1922
Although the clippings are mostly undated, the earliest appears to be 1915 and the latest 1922.
Compiled by Stella Lamond, singer, dancer and actress. Stella Lamond (12 March 1909-1973) was the daughter of the actress Stella Cofey and Colin Lamond, one time mayor of Waterloo. They lived in The Lodge in Zetland, 'with a fine coach and lovely black horses'. From a very young age she performed with her mother in stock drama at the Majestic Theatre in Newtown. As a four year old she was cast as one of the babes in Babes in the Wood at the Tivoli. She went on to have great success as 'the girl from woop woop', a country bumpkin down for the show. By 20 she was on the Tivoli circuit as a solo performer, 'the cutie with the Uke'. Popular numbers included 'Life begins at 40' and 'Get out and get under the moon'.
Later she became in demand as the straightwoman for male comedians. In 1931 she married the comedian Joe Lawman. Her daughter from this marriage, Toni Lamond, recalls that her mother was 'a beautiful blonde angel, a glamorous person who wore lovely clothes and did exotic things but never stayed home with me'. Divorced in 1939, she married Max Reddy in 1940 and the two became popular as 'the Nitwits of Radio'. After the war they ran a touring variety company, The Follies, for fifteen years. Lamond's last role was as Molly Wilson in the popular ABC TV series, Bellbird.
The collection was donated to the Sydney Opera House by Stella Lamond's daughter from her first marriage, Toni Lamond. Her daughter from her second marriage is Helen Reddy.