This cabinet card portrait features stage performer and playwright Grace Heyer. The Internet Broadway Data Base lists Miss Heyer as performing in eleven Broadway shows. Her “Great White Way” career began with “Cyrano de Bergerac” (1900) and ended with “Great Gatsby” (1926). Her photo appears in Munsey’s Magazine (1899) and she is credited with appearing in “The Wife”. Her portrait also appears in Theatre Magazine (1904) where she is described as a “young emotional actress” who has headed her own theater company. The Greenback Magazine (1914) describes Heyer as a “formerly well known actress” whose new play “The Philosopher” was to be introduced by the “Liebler Company”. Miss Heyer looks quite beautiful in this cabinet card image. The photograph is subtly provocative. The profile portrait reveals her partially bare back and her bare neck and in the image her expression can be described as being sultry. This photograph was taken by celebrity photographer Jacob Schloss (1856-1938) in his Manhattan studio. Schloss received his education at the Cooper Union in New York City. He graduated in 1872 as an etcher. He joined Benjamin J. Falk’s photography studio and worked there in the mid 1870’s. He left Falk’s employ to open his own studio (54 West 23rd Street) where like Falk, he specialized in theatrical photography. He tended to favor photographing actresses in costume in front of generic studio furnishings. He produced many cabinet card photographs but also was active in the production of magazine images. By the 1890’s he was particularly known for his photographs of beautiful women, much like photographer Jose Maria Mora. Schloss also was an activist for photographers rights. He was very involved in the movement to copyright images. He sued those who used his photographs without crediting or paying him. He was very involved in national photographer associations and was an active photographer until the 1910’s. To view other photographs by this photographer, click on the category “Photographer: Schloss”.

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  2. This looks like a publicity photo for one of her shows, because she is in 18th century-style stage costume and hair style. I wonder if it is from _Cyrano de Bergerac_, which is set in the 18th century?

  3. I am writing a biography and Grace Heyer figures briefly in it. I’d love to know the source of this cabinet card. Thanks!

    • I own this cabinet card. I have no memory or record of where and when I purchased it. Grace Heyer is certainly quite an interesting character.

      • I would love to be able to use it in my book–I’d like written permission.. Could you please contact me or let me know how to contact you?

      • Please contact me at cabinetcardgallery@gmail.com

  4. She has the same quality of beauty and romantic style that the Gish sisters were famous for. I believe she would have been an ideal candidate for the character of Daisy. Thanks CC.

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