The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

It had an elaborate dining-room, with walls and ceiling finished
in embossed leather of intricate design, and a parquetry floor.
The boudoir was cushioned and finished in pale blue satin, blue
being the favorite color of the actress. There were sleeping com-
partments for the maids and porters, a kitchen, an office, a library,
and a reception-room "upholstered in Nile-green silk brocade,"
the whole compartment padded for protection in case of collision.
The entire inside of the car was kept at an agreeable temperature
by the admission of air to all parts through storage-boxes con-
taining ice and sawdust.
Lillie Langtry had noticed "evidences of refinement and innate
nobility" in the people in America. She predicated a great future
for Texas because of the blizzards of the north and mildness of
the Texas climate. When asked why she did not write a book, she
said she had no inclination as a writer and chose the stage simply
because it offered her a chance of earning a living on the best
terms. She proposed to continue in the profession until circum-
stances offered otherwise.12
The play which the actress chose for her one-night stand in
Houston was A Wife's Peril, a society drama of the sensational-
scandal order, adapted from Sardou. In speaking of the perform-
ance, the Post declared that it could not be said that Lillie Langtry
was "entirely devoid of talent," and that she was not a pleasing
actress.
She does not rant, but achieves success in a measure by being per-
fectly natural. For her there are but two climaxes in the play, and they
were not to be reached by set speeches, but rather by that quick
impulsiveness characteristic of her sex in scenes of love and anger. Mrs.
Langtry is certainly a handsome woman and with less coloring round
the eyes would be more so. Her Lady Ormond was perhaps all that
the character called for, and it did not call for wild scenes of grief
or romantic denunciations of hatred.
As an actress, Mrs. Langtry was said to lack dramatic finish,
although no woman on the stage was better dressed than she or
xlaillie Langtry never saw Judge Roy Bean. A few months after the Judge's
death she visited the town which he had said he named in her honor. She was
received with acclaim by Justice of the Peace, W. W. Dodd, and other dignitaries
of the town and was presented with Bean's revolver, an item that she seemed to
regard very highly. Ibid., soo.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed August 31, 2014.