At the time of the accident Miss Duncan was accompanied by a newspaper woman, Mary Destro Parks, who came to see her with reference to the publication of her memoirs.
Her Many Accidents
Were "Too Bourgeois"
Two Black Eyes
At a party in New York on the eve of her sailing in 1923, a quarrel arose between her and Vessinin, which resulted in Miss Duncan receiving two black eyes. This affair appeared to be the beginning of a separation and later in Paris she announced that she had sent her husband to Russia, saying that he had disturbed her in a Paris hotel. On another occasion she said he "was really too impossible." Vessinin later committed suicide.
Only a few days ago a dispatch from Nice declared that Miss Duncan was engaged to Robert Chanler of New York. However, yesterday, Miss Duncan said that the report of the engagement was the result of a joke passed between her and Chanler at a dinner party.
Isadora Duncan Born at San Francisco in 1880
San Francisco. Sept. 14. (AP)
Isadora Duncan, who was killed today in Nice, is claimed by San Francisco as one of its native daughters. She was born here in 1880. In childhood play she devised dances and taught them to playmates. Later she became a dancing teacher in her mother's school.
Her first New York appearance was in Daly's Theater in 1895, as a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." After studying in Europe she appeared in London with a Shakespearean company in 1900, so inspiring Ellen Terry, herself a famous dancer, that she jumped to her feet as the dance ended and delivered an enthusiastic tribute to the younger dancer's art.
Miss Duncan's expressed ambition was "to rediscover the beautiful, rhythmical motions of the human body; to call back to life that ideal movement which should be in harmony with the highest physical type; to awaken once more an art which has slept for 2000 year."
Returning to America after her 1900 London appearance, she was unimpressively received. She later came into international fame through a tour of Europe, winning praise of artists in many cities. In Russia she influenced the revival of the famed Russian ballet and founded dancing schools in European cities and New York, training a selected group of children called the Duncan girls.
Miss Duncan was frankly scornful of puritanism. She was free from conventionality, and thereby became the object of many attacks.