Here we have another starlet brought to Hood River by Art Kolstad. Margarita Fischer came out of Portland, though as she became more famous she performed on stages up and down the west coast and in many silent films. This photo apparently predates World War I. According to Wikipedia Miss Fischer dropped the "c" from her last name during the war to make it seem less Germanic.
Born in Missouri Valley, Iowa in 1886, she started acting at about the age of 8 Her father created a stock theatrical company, of which she was the prime actress. This was basically a company that went up and down the Pacific Coast. Probably one of her most known parts was in a version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." She would meet and marry Harry Pollard. Heart disease would claim her in 1975 in Encinitas, California. She is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, where so many personages of the screen are interred. She is buried under the Fischer-Pollard name.
Beautiful eyes !!!!!!!!!!
Charlott on 15th November 2011 @ 7:15am
She is definitely pretty. Beautiful eyes and hair.
I wonder what she performed while she was here.
Was she with a group or did she do a single "reading" performance?
l.e. on 15th November 2011 @ 8:38am
It would be interesting to know. Since her father had the stock theatrical company it would have probably been booked through his office in Portland. Whether it was a one woman show or a group who knows? I assume this was at the Rialto and not the Cascadian theatre. I remember going to both of them as a child, and the Rialto had other events than just movies. My tap dance class performed there one night or maybe two. I don't think it had any relationship to a movie, just a show of no doubt my teacher Fredova "Freda" Kruger's dance classes. We also performed at the Columbia Gorge Hotel.
Charlott on 15th November 2011 @ 8:49am
Most of these photos were inscribed to Art Kolstad, so they are probably people who performed at the Rialto. I think at this time the Cascadian was known as the Liberty Theater-- we'll see some pictures of the Liberty in a few weeks. We know the Rialto had a nice stage as well as screen. Did the Liberty also have a stage?
Arthur on 15th November 2011 @ 9:12am
I think it did, but it was the Cascadia when I was growing up. A fairly small theatre in there by The Pastime just up the block from the First National Bank , where that beautiful old clock is.
Charlott on 15th November 2011 @ 10:56am