Viola Tree

Standard Name: Tree, Viola
Birth Name: Viola Tree
Nickname: Villi Vi
Nickname: The Twig
Married Name: Viola Parsons
Pseudonym: Hubert Parsons
Best known for her acting career, which began in the early years of the twentieth century and ended in the thirties, VT was also an opera singer and a theatre manager. She published an autobiography, an etiquette book, and a biography of her husband . She also wrote two plays, one of which was in collaboration with Gerald du Maurier . Neither play was published, but both were produced. Her etiquette book stemmed from the etiquette and advice articles she had written for various magazines and newspapers, including her Sunday advice column.


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Birth Iris Tree
Her eldest sister was the actress Viola Tree and her next sister was Felicity, later Lady Cory-Wright .
Education Hélène Barcynska
HB 's ambition to go on the stage caused her to write for advice to Ellen Terry , and then appeal for help to the admiring Sir Thomas Lipton , who offered to pay her...
Family and Intimate relationships Iris Tree
IT 's eldest sister, the actress, singer, and memoirist Viola Tree , had an important influence on her and encouraged her to write. The sisters lived together for a time in Milan, where Viola...
Friends, Associates Edith Sitwell
ES had many friendships, and there were few notables in the artistic world whom she did not meet. Her friendships were quite volatile, with frequent quarrels, sometimes caused by the practical jokes and the heightened...
Performance of text Iris Tree
Not long afterwards, IT was discovered again, this time by classical scholar Edward Marsh .
Marsh was editor of Rupert Brooke 's poems and of the anthology Georgian Poetry, whose five volumes appeared between...
Textual Production Iris Tree
IT was writing poetry by the age of ten, exchanging original verses with Nancy Cunard , who went to day-school with her. By twelve she was impressing future Prime Minister Asquith , who had read...
Textual Production Clemence Dane
After she finished this adaptation, G. B. Stern introduced her to Max Beerbohm. At this meeting the idea of casting Ivor Novello in The Happy Hypocrite first came up, suggested by Beerbohm's niece Viola Tree


1904: Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (father of the...

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Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (father of the writers Viola and Iris Tree ) founded an Academy of Dramatic Art at His Majesty's Theatre in the Haymarket, London.

1 January 1916: The British edition of Vogue (an American...

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1 January 1916

The British edition of Vogue (an American fashion magazine) began publishing from Condé Nast in Hanover Square, London.


Tree, Viola. Alan Parsons’ Book. Heinemann, 1937.
Tree, Viola, and Virginia Parsons. Can I Help You?. Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1937.
Tree, Viola. Castles in the Air. Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1926.
Tree, Viola, and Sir Gerald Herbert Edward Busson Du Maurier. The Dancers. Hodder and Stoughton, 1923.