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By Anthony Slide

The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville offers a special list of what was America's preeminent kind of well known leisure from the overdue 1800s during the early Nineteen Thirties. It comprises entries not just at the entertainers themselves, but in addition on those that labored backstage, the theatres, genres, and historic phrases. Entries on person vaudevillians comprise biographical details, samplings of workouts and, usually, statement by means of the performers. Many former vaudevillians have been interviewed for the publication, together with Milton Berle, Block and Sully, Kitty Doner, Fifi D'Orsay, Nick Lucas, Ken Murray, Fayard Nicholas, Olga Petrova, Rose Marie, Arthur Tracy, and Rudy Vallee. the place applicable, entries additionally contain bibliographies. the quantity concludes with a consultant to vaudeville assets and a common bibliography.

Aside from its reference price, with its greater than entries, The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville discusses the careers of the recognized and the forgotten. the various vaudevillians the following, together with Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jimmy Durante, W. C. Fields, Bert Lahr, and Mae West, are normal names at the present time, because of their carrying on with careers on monitor. even as, and given equivalent insurance, are forgotten acts: mythical woman impersonators Bert Savoy and Jay Brennan, the vulgar Eva Tanguay along with her billing as "The i do not Care Girl," male impersonator Kitty Doner, and a bunch of "freak" acts.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY Chapman, John. " Esquire, June 1947, pp. 64, 149-51. Gehman, Richard. " Theatre Arts 36, no. 2 (February 1952), pp. 2829, 76. Kennedy, John B. " Collier's 82, no. 6 (August 11, 1928), pp. 19, 47-48. , 1907— ) The miracle of Peg Leg Bates was not only that he was one of the greatest rhythm tap dancers but also that he performed with only one leg, the peg leg on the other providing him with his stage name. The son of a sharecropper, Clayton Bates lost his leg as a result of an accident in the factory where he was working at the age of eleven.

Her voice filled the theatre and her words—every one of them—reached you in the very last row of the gallery. All this, mind you, without the aid of a microphone. She could make you laugh, she could make you cry. " A product of New York's Lower East Side Jewish ghetto, Belle Baker was born Bella Becker, the daughter of penniless Russian immigrants. After a little schooling and working in sweatshops, the child began to sing at the age of eleven at the Cannon Street Music Hall, where she was heard by Jacob Adler, one of the greatest names in the New York Jewish theatre, and offered a position with his company at the Grand Theatre.

After her death, Eddie Cantor wrote of Baker: "Her talent was enormous. She was Dinah Shore, Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, all rolled into one. Her voice filled the theatre and her words—every one of them—reached you in the very last row of the gallery. All this, mind you, without the aid of a microphone. She could make you laugh, she could make you cry. " A product of New York's Lower East Side Jewish ghetto, Belle Baker was born Bella Becker, the daughter of penniless Russian immigrants.

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