b. Evelyn Houstellier, 18 March 1898, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 February 1975, California, USA. An accomplished soprano with an attractive stage presence, Herbert made her Broadway debut in Stepping Stones (1923). Later in the 20s, Herbert had considerable success with starring roles in Princess Flavia (1925), The Desert Song (1926) and My Maryland (1927). Her co-star in Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II’s The Desert Song was Robert Halliday, whom she married. Together, they appeared in Romberg and Hammerstein’s The New Moon (1928), where their songs included ‘Wanting You’ and ‘Lover, Come Back To Me’. They were also in Princess Charming (1930) and, in London, Waltzes From Vienna (1931). Back on Broadway, Herbert appeared in Melody (1933), which flopped, then was in a revival of Bitter Sweet (1934). In 1935, she and Halliday appeared in the film Desert Harmonies. After this, she retired. Her husband made some more appearances in the 30s but his career waned and after Three Wishes For Jamie (1952) he joined Herbert in retirement. They lived on their California ranch, appropriately named New Moon, for the next 20 years, enjoying a private life that mirrored the fictional one their stage work had epitomized. Their deaths, in 1975, came just a few months apart.
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