American Vaudeville Museum collection 1845-2007 (bulk 1910-1940)


American Vaudeville Museum collection 1845-2007 (bulk 1910-1940)

This collection consists of materialsdocumenting vaudeville and other entertainment in the United States,particularly in the 1910s through 1940s. Primary materials such as photographs,scrapbooks and handwritten stage scripts document the careers of particularperformers. There are substantial numbers of sheet music and theatre programs,and a large LP collection. The collection focuses on vaudeville but encompassesother forms and eras of American entertainment as well.

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SNAC Resource ID: 6634053

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Jelly Roll Morton, composer. George C. Wolfe, librettist. Susan Birkenhead, lyricist. Additional music and musical adaptation by Luther Henderson. From the description of Jelly's last jam: typescript, 1992. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122533067 Jelly Roll Morton is believed to have been born on September 20, 1885, in Gulfport, Mississippi. His family moved to New Orleans, where Morton had both formal training in music and exposure to the leading jazz perfo...

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Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 (person)

Duke Ellington (b. Edward Kennedy Ellington, April 29, 1899, Washington, DC–d. May 24, 1974, New York, NY) was a composer, pianist, and jazz orchestra leader. He began piano lessons at 7 and wrote his first composition, "Soda Fountain Rag", in 1914. Ellington became a more serious piano student as a teenager after hearing poolroom pianists in Washington, DC. Ellington moved to Harlem, ultimately becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the early 1920s. He began a regular booking at the Cott...

Peterson, Oscar, 1925-2007 (person)

Wilson, Teddy, 1912-1986 (person)

Horne, Lena. (person)

Singer, actress, performer of stage, films and television. Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1917 and began her professional career in 1934 as a chorus girl at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York. In 1935 her career as a singer was launched with the Noble Sissle and later, the Charlie Barnet bands. She toured extensively in the United States and Europe. In the 1940s she appeared at New York's Cafe Society Downtown and from there went to Hollywood where she became the firs...

Burns, George, 1896-1996 (person)

Epithet: Lieutenant; of the 45th Regt of Foot British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001030.0x0001e1 ...

Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 (person)

Louis Armstrong, a jazz musician and entertainer, was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He claimed to have been born on July 4, 1900, which is the date given on his World War I draft card. However, recent research gives good documentation to the August 4, 1901 date, including his baptismal certificate. Some sources also cite 1898 as his birth date. He died on July 6, 1971. Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet a...

Krupa, Gene, 1909-1973 (person)

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O'Day, Anita, 1919-2006 (person)

Biographical Note Anita Belle Colton was born on October 18, 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri. Colton left home at age 12 and assumed the stage surname "O'Day" while employed as a walkathon and dance marathon contestant. She began singing professionally at age 19 in taverns around Chicago and earned a reputation for her improvisatory skills and unique vocal qualities. In 1941, O'Day joined the Gene Krupa Orchestra and became an overnight sensati...

Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965 (person)

Mulligan, Gerry (person)

Biographical Note 1927, Apr. 6 Born, Gerald Joseph Mulligan, Queens, New York 1934 Began studying piano and clarinet 1941 Mulligan family moved to Reading, Pennsylvania Studied saxophone and clarinet with Sammy Cor...

Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976 (person)

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 9, 1898, Paul Robeson was a multitalented man whose artistic and political career spanned over four decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Known worldwide during the 1930s and 1940s, he fell from prominence in the 1960s because of the political controversy that surrounded him during the McCarthy era. Robeson was a talented dramatic actor whose performance of Othello in this country in 1943-44 once held the record for the ...

Vélez, Lupe (person)

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Dylan, Bob, 1941- (person)

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In 1915 they founded the first Denishawn school in Los Angeles with the intent of providing students with a diversified dance education. They believed that a dancer should learn all styles of dance rather than concentrating on one form; therefore, they offered classes in ballet, modern, ethnic, and creative dance. Within a few years Shawn and Miss St. Denis had established Denishawn schools throughout the United States. They built up an extensive repertory of spiritual, ethnic, character, and “m...

Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967 (person)

English actress. From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Denys [Blakelock], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871310 Actress Vivien Leigh was born in Darjeeling, India, and returned to England with her parents after World War I. While attending a convent school, her mother took her to see a play, where she determined to become an actress. She had little experience before creating a sensation in the role of Scarlett O'Hara in the movie Gone With t...

Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977 (person)

Ethel Waters (born October 31, 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania–d. September 1, 1977, Chatsworth, California) was a musician and actress. She got her start in the 1920s in Baltimore, Maryland and also toured on the black vaudeville circuit. She began her singing career in Atlanta and then Harlem in the 1920s. She starred in many films and was the second African American to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was the first African-American to star on her own television show and the first African-Am...

Lutcher, Nellie, 1912-2007 (person)

Nellie Lutcher (b. October 15, 1912, Lake Charles, Louisiana-d. June 8, 2007, Los Angeles, California) was an African-American R&B and jazz singer and pianist. She had several R&B hits in 1948 and is known for her duets with Nat "King" Cole....

King, B. B., 1925-2015 (person)

B.B. King was born Riley B. King Sept. 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, MS. He got the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy", later shortened to "Blues Boy", and finally to B.B. while working as a disc jokey. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, King was a part of the blues scene on Beale Street and by the 1950s he became one of the most important names in R&B music. He died May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV....

Lamarr, Hedy, 1913-2000 (person)

Hedy Lamarr (b. Nov. 9, 1914, Vienna, Austria-Hungary-d. Jan. 19, 2000, Casselberry, FL) was a successful screen actress. She is known for her work with MGM in successful movies such as Boom Town (1940), Come Live with Me (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945). Her best known role was in Cecil B. Demille's Samson and Delilah (1950). Lamarr was also a successful inventor; during World War II she and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for torpedoes...

Hamilton, Vi (person)

Barty, Billy (person)

John Arthur Loining (person)

Joe DiRita (person)

Chase, Charley, 1893-1940 (person)

Veronine Vestoff, (person)

Curtis, Vera (person)

Saunders, Maurice (person)

Marlo & Duffy (corporateBody)

Evans, Edith, Dame, 1888-1976 (person)

English actress. From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : [London] and [Kent], to Denys Blakelock, 1960 Mar. 7 and 1962 Dec. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870775 Epithet: afterwards Booth , actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000265.0x0001b7 ...

Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-1991 (person)

British-born actress, director, and producer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Westport, Conn., to Edward Wagenknecht, 1967 Feb. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270864535 Eva Le Gallienne (1899-1991) was an actress, producer, director, translator, teacher and writer. From the description of Eva Le Gallienne, prop letters from Camille, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517244 From the guide to the Eva Le Gallienne, ...

Rosenberg, Sadie (person)

Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989 (person)

English actor. From the description of Autograph letters signed (5) : London and Naples, to Denys Blakelock, 1947-1953. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872061 From the description of Autograph letter signed : "South Indian Ocean" [on the way to Australia], to Denys Blakelock, 1947 Mar. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872063 From the description of Typed letter signed (8) : London, to Denys Blakelock, 1948-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874989 ...

Tully, May (person)

Wyman, Jane, 1917-2007 (person)

Barrymore, Ethel, 1879-1959 (person)

American actress. From the description of Ethel Barrymore autograph, 1895. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63936509 ...

Darwell, Jane, 1880-1967 (person)

Desmond, Johnny (person)

Hendricks, Jim (person)

Santoro, Margaret (person)

King, Dennis (person)

Williams, Robin (person)

Lewis, Walter E. (person)

Adams, S. S. (person)

Blesh, Rudi, 1899-1985 (person)

Writer, critic, and architectural designer; New York, N.Y. From the description of Rudi Blesh papers, 1909-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122515582 ...

Baker, Kenny (person)

Ulanova, Galina Sergeevna, 1910-1998 (person)

White, Lee (person)

McDaniel, Hattie, 1895-1952 (person)

Glinn, Lillian (person)

Leigh, Louise (person)

Massey, Ilona, 1910-1974 (person)

Chaplin, Charlie (person)

Foote, Bea (person)

Tip, Tap & Toe (person)

Dolores Del Rio (person)

Stedman, Fanny (person)

Stathos, Margaret Moreland (person)

Hairston, Jester, 1901-2000 (person)

Kahn, Madeline (person)

Kaplan, Gabe 1945-.... (person)

Hallam, Basil (person)

Sherman, Daryl (person)

Potts, Ernie (person)

Schaffner, Neil E. (person)

Shutta, Ethel, 1896-1976 (person)

Daniels, Bebe, 1901-1971 (person)

Epithet: actress, of the British Broadcasting Corporation British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000837.0x000337 ...

Hulbert, Jack, 1892-1978 (person)

Epithet: actor British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000206.0x00033f ...

Sean Curran Company (corporateBody)

Mr. Flotsam & Mr. Jetsam (corporateBody)

Great Small Works (corporateBody)

Norworth, Jack (person)

American composer, lyricist, and actor. From the description of Typewritten postal card signed, dated : [Laguna Beach, Ca.], 15 August 1955, to Frank B. Gettys in Los Angeles, 1955 Aug. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270933371 ...

Gray, Glen (person)

Moissi, Alexander, 1879-1935 (person)

Goodner, Lillian (person)

Tomlin, Lily, 1939- (person)

Johnson, Nunnally (person)

American screenwriter. From the description of Typed letter signed: Beverly Hills, Calif., to John [Steinbeck], 1950 Jan 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 777866986 Screenwriter, producer, director. From the description of Reminiscences of Nunnally Johnson : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122481575 From the description of Reminiscences of Nunnally Johnson : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University ...

Saleton, Tony (person)

Fagan, Paxton (person)

Mitchell, Jimmy Sir Slyde (person)

Nancy La Mott (person)

Gordon, Ruth (person)

Royal Rockets (corporateBody)

Neagle, Anna (person)

Fannie Mae Goosby (person)

George H. Primrose (person)

Cohen, Myron. (person)

Thompson, Kay (person)

Kirby, Gerald (person)

Coca, Imogene (person)

Dooley, Ray, 1953- (person)

Reeves, Al (person)

El Brendel (person)

Gallagher & Shean (corporateBody)

Gorcey, Leo B., 1916-1969 (person)

Henlere, Herschel (person)

Galvin, Joe (person)

Andrews, Nancy (person)

Elliott, G. H. (George Henry) (person)

Wilder, Marshall P. (person)

Cleese, John (person)

Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966 (person)

Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, Nov. 9, 1886 of European immigrants in Philadelphia; entered show business at 15; became successful NY vaudeville comic headliner by 17; appeared in Ziegfeld follies; wrote and produced his own shows on Broadway in 1920s and 1930s, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hart, Sammy Fain, and other well-known composers, and billing himself as The perfect fool, featuring his lisp, giggle, fluttering hands, outlandish costumes and inventions, and outrageous puns; starred on radio...

Deems, Mickey (person)

Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924 (person)

Composed 1884-85. First performance Stuttgart, 8 December 1885, the composer as soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of 1st concerto for violoncello, op. 8 / by Victor Herbert. [1965?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 50216538 Victor Herbert (1859-1924) cellist, co-founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), conductor and composer is best known as the composer of light operas such as Babes in Toyland...

Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith (person)

Cromwell, Richard (person)

Epithet: afterwards Lord Protector British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000756.0x000343 Epithet: alias Williams British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000756.0x00034f ...

Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963 (person)

Weber, Fredericka (person)

Matthews, Jessie (person)

Spacek, Sissy (person)

Wallace, Sippie (person)

"Sippie" Wallace was a top blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s, whose career rivaled that of famed Bessie Smith. She recorded with Louis Armstrong and other luminaries of the period, and her career was revived in later life under the encouragement of singer, Bonnie Raitt. From the description of Wallace, Beulah "Sippie", oral history collection, 1985 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 238761248 ...

Smith, Joe (person)

Moreño, Wenceslao (person)

Hayward, Susan, 1917-1975 (person)

Born on June 30, 1918 as Edythe Marrenner, Susan Hayward grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were Ellen Pearson and Walter Marrenner, and her maternal grandparents emigrated from Sweden. Hayward graduated high school intending to become a secretary, but soon began modeling in New York City. In 1937, she went to Hollywood to audition for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, a part she lost to Vivien Leigh. According to her management, the name Susan Hayward was c...

Mundin, Herbert, 1898-1939 (person)

Dranes, Arizona (person)

Margaret Flavin Sheehan (person)

Ringgold, Isie (person)

Willie & Eugene Howard (person)

E.P. McNamee (person)

Newell, Raymond (person)

Crabtree, Lotta, 1847-1924 (person)

Lotta Crabtree was an American actress and theater producer. From the description of Papers, 1866-1937. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81865873 From the guide to the Lotta Crabtree papers, 1866-1937., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) Nov. 7, 1847 Charlotte (Lotta) Mignon Crabtree born N.Y.C. Sept. 25, 1924 ...

Rutherford, Maude (person)

Furman, Max (person)

Tormé, Mel, 1925-1999 (person)

Harris, Julie (Julie A.) (person)

Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Julie Harris : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597811 ...

Grayson, Kathryn (person)

Moore, Ada (person)

Epithet: writer of plays British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000623.0x00010a ...

Thomas, Hociel (person)

Cole & Johnson (corporateBody)

Nelson, Keith (person)

Fealy, Maude, 1881-1971 (person)

American actress. Appeared in Denver, Colo. theater productions (Broadway Theatre, Elitch's) and lived intermittently in Denver (1937-1942, 1957-1961). From the description of Maude Fealy papers, 1893-1971 [manuscript]. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 14937282 ...

Palace Music Hall Girls (corporateBody)

Robey, George, 1869-1954 (person)

Merrill, Helen (person)

Massey, Anna (person)

Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001085.0x00010b ...

George, Dan, Chief (person)

Wayburn, Ned (person)

Morrow, Karen (person)

Cooper, Gary (person)

Steele, Joan (person)

Joan Steele wrote her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Dept. of English and later published a book titled, Captain Mayne Reid (1978); Reid was born Apr. 4, 1818 in Ballyroney, County Down, Northern Ireland; he sailed to the US in 1839 and began to publish poetry and stories after settling in Philadelphia in 1843; joined the First NY Volunteer Regiment in 1846 and left the US Army as a captain in 1848; he returned to Europe in 1849; later returned to America and wrote dime novels for the p...

David Belenzon Management, Inc. (corporateBody)

Booth, Edwin (person)

Edwin Booth, who also wrote under the names Don Blunt and Jack Hazard, was born in 1906 in Beatrice, Nebraska. He attended public schools in Nebraska and Iowa before moving to Colorado, where he studied civil engineering at Colorado College. During summer vacations Booth drove a milk truck, worked as a postal clerk, and guided tourists through Colorado's Cave of the Winds. In New Mexico, he worked as a ranch hand. After moving to California, Booth worked in a chain grocery store while studying a...

Neilson, Julia, 1868- (person)

Lewis, Furry (person)

Sissle, Noble (person)

Travato (person)

Wilder, Billy (person)

Goodman, Dody (person)

Williams, Gussie (person)

Rio Brothers (corporateBody)

Lear, Moya Olsen, 1915- (person)

Cusack, Bob (person)

Rand, Sally, 1904-1979 (person)

Sally Rand was born Helen Harriet Gould Beck. From the description of Sally Rand papers, 1903-1955 (bulk 1936-1955). (Chicago History Museum). WorldCat record id: 713913687 ...

Brand, Oscar (person)

Lloyd, Harold, 1893-1971 (person)

Harold Lloyd was a prominent comedian and movie actor during the first half of the twentieth century. He was born in Burchard, Nebraska on April 20, 1893 and started his acting career in 1913 as an extra in one-reel movies. In 1914, Lloyd went to work for producer Hal Roach and starred in over 100 one-reel films as "Willie Work" and "Lonesome Luke". In 1917, Lloyd invented his trademark "Glasses" character, the bumbling young man wearing horn-rimmed glasses. Playing this character, he made numer...

Texas Jack (corporateBody)

Geswanouth Slahoot (person)

Huntz, Hall (person)

Fernand-Joseph-Désiré Contandin (person)

Ross, Hope (person)

Nicholas Brothers (corporateBody)

Brown, Bessie (person)

Block, Jesse (person)

Laurel, Stanley (person)

Townsend, Henry (person)

Epithet: Churchwarden of St Clement Danes British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000266.0x00027a Epithet: landwaiter, Custom House, Dublin British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000266.0x00027b Epithet: Reverend; of Honington Hall British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_10000000...

Richmond, Fritz (person)

Enoyce, Gittel (person)

Bailey, Mildred (person)

A. Simon-Girard (person)

Stephen Ron Olsen (person)

Howard, Billie (person)

Treacher, Arthur (person)

William J. Schafer (person)

Terry, Ellen (person)

Wilson, Marie (person)

Walton, Mercy Dee (person)

Johnson, Lil (person)

Ritz, Harry (person)

Quayle, Anthony, Sir (person)

Bocage, Peter E., 1887-1967 (person)

Fox, Della (person)

Desmond, Florence, 1905-1993 (person)

Farnum, Dustin, 1876-1929 (person)

Smith, Kent (person)

Devine, Andy, 1905-1977 (person)

Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Andy Devine : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597687 Andrew Vabre Devine was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 7, 1905. He was a successful college football player during which time he went by the alias Jeremiah Swartz. He later gained a part in a silent movie. It was thought that his high raspy voice would threaten his career in the talkies but proved to be his tra...

Allen, Dayton (person)

Sparks, Ned, 1883-1957 (person)

Emery, Winifred, 1861-1924 (person)

Robbins, Jerome (person)

American dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. From the description of Jerome Robbins scrapbooks [microform]. 1937-1985. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81722948 From the description of Jerome Robbins scrapbooks. 1986-1990. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79096064 American ballet dancer and choreographer primarily associated with American Ballet Theatre in the 1940s and the New York City Ballet since 1949; also, theatrical director and choreographer whose producti...

Blake, Robert (person)

Epithet: Mayor of Galway British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000126.0x000181 Epithet: General; of Sloane MS 1431 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000126.0x00017f Epithet: Admiral British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000295...

Davis, Sammy (person)

Smith, Mamie (person)

Bowlly, Al (person)

Bert Wheeler) (person)

Hadley, Dardanelle (person)

Smith, Maggie, 1934-.... (person)

Douglas, Melvyn (person)

Actor; interviewee b. 1901, d. 1981. From the description of Reminiscences of Melvyn Douglas : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122451630 From the description of Reminiscences of Melvyn Douglas : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131510 ...

Armstrong, Lil (person)

Oliver Band (corporateBody)

Zaloom, Paul (person)

Staton, Dakota (person)

Grimes, Tiny, -1989 (person)

Foster, Pops, 1892-1969 (person)

Billie Bird Sellen (person)

Maria Elena (person)

Thompson, Fred (person)

Duncan Sisters (corporateBody)

Lester, Alfred (person)

W.C. Fields (person)

Marx, Harpo, 1888-1964 (person)

Harpo Marx (b. Adolph Marx, Nov. 23, 1888, Manhattan, NY–d. Sept. 28, 1964, Los Angeles, CA) along with brothers Julius (Groucho) and Milton (Gummo) formed the comedy troupe the Marx Brothers in 1910. Harpo and his brothers appeared in many films and television shows and is best known for his signature outfit: trench coat with over-large pockets, wig, top hat, and a comical horn heard in his movies. He married actress Susan Fleming on September 28, 1936 and adopted 4 children....

Richman, Harry (person)

Zangwill, Israel (person)

Redman, Don (person)

Faye, Frances (person)

Diller, Phyllis, 1917-2012 (person)

Phyllis Ada Driver (b. July 17, 1917, Lima, OH - d. August 20, 2012, Los Angeles, CA). She studied at the Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago, IL for three years, beginning in fall 1934. She married Sherwood Anderson Diller, and the couple and their children moved from Ypsilanti, MI to Alameda, CA in 1945. Diller began her career as writer and women's editor for the San Leandro News-Observer . From June 1951 to 1954, Diller's jobs included: head of newspaper and radio ad copy in t...

Storch, Larry (person)

Hutton, Betty (person)

Miller, Max (person)

Theresa Maria Stabile (person)

Dumont, Margaret (person)

Reed Sisters (corporateBody)

Courtneidge, Cicely, 1893-1980 (person)

Retson, Nick (person)

Baby Dodds' Trio (corporateBody)

Lewis, Ted, 1940-1982 (person)

Fitch, Clyde, 1865-1909 (person)

William Clyde Fitch (1865-1909), American playwright. From the description of Nathan Hale : an original play in four acts, [circa 1897] / by Clyde Fitch. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702202011 Dramatist. From the description of Grace de Granmont : holograph play script, 1893. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 163614397 1886 graduate of Amherst College. American playwright best known for plays of social satire and character study and notable for having fou...

Holtz, Lou (person)

Lucas, Nick (person)

Benny, Jack, 1894-1974. (person)

Jack Benny (1894-1974) was an American vaudeville, radio, television and film actor. Born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Illinois, Benny first honed his talents as a comedian on the vaudeville stage, then found that his style was uniquely adapted to the new medium of radio, where he became a national celebrity with his Jack Benny Show (1943-1958). His wife, Mary Livingstone, often starred on the Jack Benny Show. Benny took his show to television and continued to appear in his own show, in specia...

Pat Rooney, Sr. (person)

Dixon, Tina (person)

Dearie, Blossom (person)

Harlem Hannah (person)

West, Mae, 1893-1980 (person)

Mae West (b. Mary Jane West, Aug.t 17, 1893, Brooklyn, NY–d. Nov. 22, 1980, Los Angeles, CA) was an actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol, known for her lighthearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence. She began her career in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry....

Hennings, John (person)

Siegel, Arthur S. (person)

Bayes, Nora, 1880-1928 (person)

Brown, Buster, 1911-1976 (person)

Lewis, George (person)

Epithet: Captain British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000361.0x000196 Epithet: Secretary to the Earls of Egmont British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000361.0x00019d Epithet: Colonel British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000361.0x000197 Epithet: of Fort St. G...

Tampa, Red, 1904-1981 (person)

Worth, Irene (person)

Irene Worth (1915-2002), American actress, winner of three Tony Awards, who appeared in Thornton Wilder's The Alcestiad ("A Life in the Sun") at the Edinburgh Festival in 1955 and in the stage version of "The Woman of Andros" in 1963. From the description of Irene Worth papers relating to Thornton Wilder, 1955-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702171891 Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_...

Harmonica Rascals (corporateBody)

Monseu, Stephanie (person)

Stanley, Katherine (person)

Kelly, J. W (person)

Ochs, Phil (person)

Gilson, Lottie, -1912 (person)

Maccoll, Ewan (person)

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (person)

Anderson, Eddie, 1905-1977 (person)

Menjou, Adolphe, 1890-1963 (person)

Etting, Ruth, 1897-1978 (person)

Seeger, Peggy, 1935-.... (person)

[Vincenzo] Bellini (person)

Lavelle - Ross (corporateBody)

Giménez Sales, Miguel (person)

Frost and Morrison (corporateBody)

Sweet Honey in the Rock (Musical group) (corporateBody)

Wolff, Fanny (person)

Reilly, Charles Nelson (person)

King, Nora Lee (person)

Howard, Eugene (person)

Brennan, Walter (person)

Dawn, Dolly (person)

Ogden, Margie (person)

Mack, Frank Guy (person)

Edwards, Cliff, 1895-1971 (person)

No information known/available at the time of compilation. From the guide to the Cliff Edwards, 1894-1971, (Swansea University) ...

Vitaphone Corp. (corporateBody)

Rodgers, Eileen (person)

Mitchell, Frank (person)

Biography Mitchell Freundlich was born in NY, NY on May 13, 1905. As a child he trained with the acrobatic team of the Novello Brothers. He began his career in vaudeville with Sim Moore, as Moore and Mitchell, performing acrobatic comics around the country (1924-25). Mitchell married a well-known singer in Chicago, Jeane Fields (ca. 1924). He headlined his next partner, Jack Durant, at the London Palladium (1929). The two appeared on Broadway...

Clark, Bobby (person)

MacDonald, Jeanette, 1903-1965 (person)

Jeanette MacDonald was born June 18, 1901 in Philadelphia; Broadway chorus girl in 1920, rapidly reached stardom in stage musicals and operettas; film debut, The love parade, 1929; teamed with Maurice Chevalier at Paramount; from 1933 at MGM, she paired with Nelson Eddy in singing partnership; married actor Gene Raymond, 1937; retired from screen to seek a new career in concert halls and on stage; died in 1965. From the description of Papers, 1931-1951 bulk 1942-1951. (University of ...

Harry, Debbie (person)

Barbour, Joyce, 1901-1977 (person)

Hopkins, Linda (person)

Westfield, Catherine (person)

Morris, Lily, 1884-1952 (person)

Weber, Joe (person)

Goodwin, Nat (person)

Sinatra, Frank (person)

The son of italian immigrants, Frank Sinatra began singing and doing impersonations in school which led to his future career as singer with the Hoboken Four in 1935. The quartet broke up in 1936 and Frank started working his way through the music industry until he finally got his big break in 1940. He would become one of Hollywood's leading men for the next two decades and a constant music hall draw after that until very close to the day he died in 1998. (Adapted from the Official Sinatra Family...

Arthur, Malcolm (person)

Laurel, Stan (person)

Biography / Administrative History Thomas W. Sefton (1917-2006) was president of a major San Diego, California, bank (San Diego Trust) and a leading San Diego philanthropist, who had a life-long devotion to Laurel and Hardy. This interest in Laurel and Hardy led to a friendship with Stan Laurel before the latter's death in 1965. Sefton developed a correlative relationship with Hal Roach, the great producer of the 1920s and 1930s of, among oth...

Raft, George (person)

Fields, W.C. (person)

Baker, Belle (person)

Bailey, Pearl (person)

Foley, Joe (person)

Punch Miller's Bunch (corporateBody)

Templeton, Fay, 1865-1939 (person)

Atkins, Cholly (Charles) (person)

Rose, Eddy (person)

Morlacchi, Giuseppina (person)

Matthau, Walter (person)

Walter John Matthau was born on October 1, 1920 to Milton and Rose Matthau in New York City. He was an American actor who starred in many films and is probably best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon. He won an Academy Award for his performance in the Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie . Matthau died on July 1, 2000. From the guide to the Walter Matthau "Hello to Montanans" videorecording, 1998, (Un...

Valentino, Rudolph, 1895-1926 (person)

Probst, Sadie (person)

Bell, Virginia (person)

Groody, Louise (person)

Miles, Lizzie (person)

Metaxa, George (person)

Fields, Gracie, 1898-1979 (person)

Actress, comedienne. From the description of Reminiscences of Gracie Fields : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86147483 ...

Gore, Rosa (person)

Langford, Frances (person)

Keys, Nelson (person)

Carlisle, Una Mae, 1915-1956 (person)

Karloff, Boris, 1887-1969 (person)

Washer Brothers (corporateBody)

Gilbert, W.S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911 (person)

English poet and librettist. From the description of Autograph quotation signed, dated : [London], 14 December 1909, 1909 Dec. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577865 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], 10 March 1888, to [Michael Gunn?], 1888 Mar. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873354 Green was an English actor and comedian. Gilbert was an English playwright and humorist best known for his collaboration with Sir Arthur Sull...

Ory, Kid, 1886-1973 (person)

Harding, Ann (person)

Rose, Marie (person)

Rich, Irene, 1891-1988 (person)

Costello, Lou (person)

Rubin, Benny (person)

Reeves, Steve (person)

Elsie & Doris Waters (person)

Mitchell, Rose (person)

Francis, Emma (person)

Bernie, Ben, 1891-1943 (person)

Brown, Lew (person)

Murray, Ken (person)

John Robinson's Circus (corporateBody)

Dobson, Bonnie (person)

Logan, Ella, 1913-1969 (person)

Buchanan, Jack, 1890-1957 (person)

Bell, Dee (person)

McRae, Carmen (person)

Biographical Note Carmen Mercedes McRae was born in Harlem, on April 8, 1920. She studied piano as a child and her parents encouraged her towards classical music. As a teenager, McRae wrote songs and pursued the jazz scene in New York City leading to a friendship with jazz pianist Teddy Wilson and composer Irene Kitchings Wilson. Through their influence, one of McRae’s early songs, "Dream of Life," was recorded by Teddy Wilson’s longtime coll...

Margaret Jeanne Ramirez (person)

Martin, Marion (person)

Carr, Larry (person)

Piaf, Edith (person)

Draper, Paul (person)

Roth, Lillian, 1910-1980 (person)

Kelly, Patsy, 1910-1981 (person)

Rice, Fanny (person)

Berle, Milton (person)

Johnson, Edith, 1894-1969 (person)

Kelly, Fred (person)

Price, Georgie (person)

Wallin Trio (corporateBody)

Pollard, Daphne, -1978 (person)

Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926 (person)

Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American escape artist, illusionist, stunt performer and mysteriarch, noted for his escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the United States and then as "Harry 'Handcuff' Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from ...

Williams, Walter, Rev. (person)

Epithet: of Hargrave MS 491 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000300.0x000062 Epithet: writer of plays British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000623.0x000049 Epithet: of the Middle Temple British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000300.0x000064 ...

Bolger, Ray (person)

Vidor, King, 1894-1982 (person)

Filmmaker, art collector; Los Angeles, Calif. From the description of King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122515357 American movie producer. From the description of King Vidor papers, 1825-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122699728 From the guide to the King Vidor papers, 1825-1970, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections) American motion picture director. From the description of King Vidor Collection, 1924-...

Jackie & Roy (corporateBody)

Greenwood, Charlotte (person)

Jones, Albennie (person)

Andrews sisters (corporateBody)

Harry H. Perry (person)

Talma, LeRoy (person)

Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000 (person)

English actor. From the description of Autograph letter signed and autograph postal card signed : Petersfield, to Denys Blakelock, 1958 Dec. 10 and [1959] Sept. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870929 Access to the archive was provided to Piers Paul Read who wrote the authorised biography of Alec Guinness. Therefore the archive, to some extent, has been arranged and information has been collected and added by Read. The impact of his use of the archive is most noticeable...

Whiting, Jack (person)

Seeley, Blossom, 1891-1974 (person)

Wenzel, Paul (person)

Wallace, Nellie (person)

Rogers Brothers (corporateBody)

Bogan, Lucille (person)

Lackaye, Wilton (person)

Rachel Rice Dooley (person)

Sloane, Carol (person)

Leininger, Michael. (person)

Boswell Sisters (corporateBody)

Turpin, Ben (person)

Rooney, Mickey (person)

Vivian Duncan (person)

New Lost City Ramblers. (corporateBody)

Valois, Ninette ˜deœ (person)

Epithet: DBE, ballerina British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000206.0x000038 ...

David, Clifford (person)

Allard, Bee (person)

Bergman, Ingrid, 1915-1982 (person)

Ingrid Bergman (b. 29 August 1915, Stockholm, Sweden-d. 29 August 1982, London, England) was a Swedish acrtess. After starring in Intermezzo (1939), she rose to fame in the US. Bergman is well known for Casablance (1942), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), and several Alfred Hitchock films. She was married Petter Aron Lindstrom and later married director Roberto Rossellini....

Nervo & Knox (corporateBody)

Clayton, Una (person)

Powell, Dick (person)

Vesta Victoria (person)

Addie "Sweet Peas" Spivey (person)

Moschen, Michael (person)

Conrad, Norman C. (Norman Charles), 1947- (person)

Goman, Charles Raymond (person)

Napier, Hector (person)

Robinson, Edward G., 1933-1974 (person)

Maarya and Rene Gunsett (person)

Warren, Bessie (person)

Dressler, Marie, 1869-1934 (person)

Canadian stage and screen actress. From the description of Autograph letters signed "Marie" (13) : [various places], to Florence Graves (Mrs. W.L. Graves), 1925-1933 and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270533742 American actress, connected for a time with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. From the description of Birthday celebration album, 1933. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122397801 ...

Moore, Marianne (person)

From the guide to the Marianne Moore papers, 1929-1973, 1973, (Literature and Rare Books) ...

Frishberg, Dave (person)

Marx, Groucho (person)

Bennett, Richard (person)

Epithet: election agent British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001083.0x0000ab Epithet: US actor British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000498.0x000007 Richard Bennett was born in Ireland in 1899. He came to this country in 1903. Later in his life he visited family in Ireland frequently and the material he gathered there became the basis fo...

Tilly, Vesta (person)

Rogers, Buddy (person)

Curran, Sean (person)

Winchell, Walter, 1897-1972 (person)

American journalist, newspaper columnist, and radio commentator. From the description of Walter Winchell miscellaneous papers, 1936-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123429617 Walter Winchell was an American journalist and radio personality, remembered as the inventor of the celebrity gossip column. Born Walter Winschel in Harlem, New York, he left school in the sixth grade and worked odd jobs in the neighborhood and on local vaudeville stages. After serving in the navy i...

Rivera, Chita, 1933-2024 (person)

Chita Rivera (born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero, January 23, 1933, Washington, DC- died January 30, 2024, New York City) began her career in theater after a successful audition to George Balanchine's School of American Ballet. She got her first role on Broadway in 1951 and is known for several original Broadway roles: Anita in West Side Story, Rose in Bye Bye Birdie, and Velma in Chicago. She is also the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honor (Dec. 2002) and was awarded P...

Breen, Bobby, 1927- (person)

Frohman, Daniel (person)

Fields, Benny, 1894-1959 (person)

Abeles, Edward (person)

Moreland, Mantan (person)

Laurel & Hardy (corporateBody)

Ellingstad, Arne (person)

Grock, 1880-1959 (person)

Santos, Glenn (person)

Allen, Gracie, 1902-1964 (person)

Gracie Allen (b. July 26, 1895, San Francisco, CA–d. August 27, 1964, Los Angeles, CA) was an American vaudevillian and comedienne who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. Depending on the source, Allen is alleged to have been born on July 26 in 1895, 1896, 1902 or 1906; all public records in San Francisco were destroyed in the fire of 1906. Allen met George Burns in 1922 during a vaudeville perforance and they began a comedy act, first perfor...

Green, Lil (person)

Marquis, Rosalind (person)

Moore, Tom (person)

Williams, Addie (person)

Tomlin, Nancy (person)

Farrer, Gwen (person)

Reeves, Billy (person)

Bruce, Nigel, 1895-1953 (person)

Kelly, Gene (person)

Gene Kelly (b. Eugene Curran Kelly, Aug. 23, 1912, Pittsburgh, Pa.-d. Feb. 2, 1996, Beverley Hills, Calif.), American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director, and producer. From the description of Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10582961 Dancer, actor, choreographer. From the description of Reminiscences of Gene Curran Kelly : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat recor...

Baker, Edythe (person)

Durbin, Deanna (person)

Deanna (Edna Mae) Durbin was born on December 4, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1936, at the age of 14, Durbin signed a contract with MGM. Her first movie with MGM was Every Sunday with Judy Garland. After being dropped from her MGM contract she signed with Universal Pictures, appearing in Three Smart Girls and One Hundred Men and a Girl, the latter of which saved the studio from bankruptcy. She appeared in That Certain Age, Mad About Magic, and Three Smart Girls Grow Up, and shared the Academy ...

Lenya, Lotte (person)

Born in Austria, Lenya became an actress in Zürich, then moved to Berlin where she met and married Kurt Weill. They emigrated to the U.S. in 1935, where Lenya lived until her death a few months after this interview was recorded. From the description of An oral history interview with Lotte Lenya / conducted for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music by Alan Rich, New City, N.Y., 1981 : recording and transcript. (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison). WorldCat record id: 12258368...

Menes, Michael (person)

McIntyre, Heath (James McIntrye and Thomas K. Heath) (person)

Colston, Robert (person)

Epithet: of Nottingham British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000367.0x0000ee ...

Middleton, Tony (person)

Alexandra, Ora (person)

Robertson, Sherman (person)

Moss, Anne Marie (person)

Short, Bobby (person)

Susie Hawthorne-Edwards (person)

Edwards, Jodie (person)

Collins, José 1887-1958 (person)

Johnstone, Sibyl (person)

Cain, Jackie (person)

Ford, Dora (person)

Marlene Ver Planck (person)

Sykes, Harry (person)

Cullen, Frank (person)

Lawrence, Paula (person)

International Sweethearts of Rhythm. (corporateBody)

Collins, Judy, 1939-.... (person)

Stumpf, Charles (person)

Robinson, Dave (person)

Wheeler, Bert, 1895-1968 (person)

Comedian. From the description of Reminiscences of Bert Wheeler : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122411629 ...

Strauss, Robert (person)

Brown, Ada (person)

Royal Lilliputians (corporateBody)

Baby Rose Marie (person)

Hart, Tony (person)

Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966 (person)

Comedian. From the description of Reminiscences of Joseph Francis (Buster) Keaton : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309743794 ...

Zadora, Pia (person)

Hearne, Lew (person)

Corio, Ann (person)

Lewis, Katherine Handy, 1902-1982 (person)

Interviewee married Homer Lewis. From the description of Reminiscences of Katherine Handy Lewis : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122481395 Katherine Handy Lewis was an early blues singer who was the first to sing the songs written by her father, W.C. Handy. Born in Normal, Alabama in 1902, her family moved to Harlem, New York in 1919. Mrs. Lewis performed at an historic concert at Carnegie Hall in 1928, the...

Goddard, Paulette, 1911-1990 (person)

Terry, Fred, 1863-1933 (person)

Epithet: actor British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001039.0x000311 ...

Hamilton, George (person)

Title: 3rd Earl of Abercorn British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001299.0x000122 Epithet: French Maréchal du Camp Title: Count Hamilton British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001299.0x00024b Epithet: afterwards Baronet, of Donalong British Library Archives and Manuscripts Cata...

Prysock, Arthur (person)

A. Mae Preston (person)

Franklin, Aretha, 1942-2018 (person)

Aretha Louise Franklin, also known as, (b. March 25, 1942, Memphis, Tennessee; d. August 16, 2018, Detroit, Michigan) was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success. ...

Elliot, Cass, 1941-1974 (person)

Clayton, Steve (person)

Clinger, Will (person)

Sargent, Epes Winthrop, 1872-1938 (person)

Copeland, Martha (person)

Tucker, Sophie, 1884-1966 (person)

Entertainer, of New York, N.Y., and Hollywood, Calif. From the description of Papers, 1911-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70941582 Sophie Tucker (1884-1966) was a Russian-born popular American entertainer. She gained fame as a performer in vaudeville and burlesque in the World War I era, and continued her career for many years in nightclubs, films, radio and television. From the guide to the Sophie Tucker autobiographical writings, (The New York Public Libr...

Fletcher, Dusty (Clinton Fletcher, 1897-1954 (person)

Byron Elsworth Barr (person)

Freeman, Frank (person)

Nancy (Hennings) Tomlin (person)

Adrian, Iris, 1912-1994 (person)

Penrose, Charles, 1921- (person)

Stapleton, Maureen. (person)

Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Maureen Stapleton : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131671 ...

Syms, Sylvia, 1934- (person)

Morse, Lee, -1954 (person)

Leguizamo, John (person)

John Leguizamo, playwright. From the description of Spic-o-rama: typescript, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652525 ...

A.L. Lloyd (person)

Marx Brothers (corporateBody)

Norman, Mary (person)

Jackson, Eddie (of Clayton, Jackson and Durante) (person)

Dailey, Peter F., 1863-1908 (person)

Hitchcock, Raymond (person)

Grable, Betty, 1916-1973 (person)

Frederica Von Stade (person)

Woodward, Joanne, 1930-.... (person)

Award-winning actress; wife of actor Paul Newman; native of Greenville, S.C. From the description of Joanne Woodward papers, 1946-1992. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 34413493 Actress; interviewee married Paul Newman. From the description of Reminiscences of Joanne Woodward : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597540 ...

Henry, Mari Lyn (person)

Kemble, Lillian (person)

Moore, Grace (person)

Elizabeth McCourt Tabor) (person)

Loraine, Violet (person)

Deslys, Gaby, 1881-1920 (person)

French dancer, actress. From the description of Gaby Deslys calling card to Will Owen Jones [manuscript], no date. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 648017712 ...

Lea, Barbara (person)

White, Leo, 1882-1948 (person)

Roventini, Johnny (person)

Pavlova, Anna (person)

Bailey, Jim (person)

Boyd, Grace Bradley (person)

St.Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 (person)

Ruth St. Denis was an American dancer and dance teacher. From the description of Postcard, 1945. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007242 Dancer and faculty member. From the description of Miscellaneous papers, 1926-1960. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155538190 Ruth St. Denis was one of the pioneers of modern dance. She first gained attention dancing with David Belasco's company, an experience which exposed her to European and Asian tradition...

Tilton, Martha (person)

Radcliffe and Rogers (corporateBody)

Brewer, Roy C. (person)

Van, Billy B. (person)

Cline, Maggie, 1857-1934 (person)

Countiss, Catherine (person)

Adams, Maude, 1872-1953 (person)

Maude Ewing Kiskadden (1872-1953), known professionally as Maude Adams, was an American stage actress who achieved her greatest success as Peter Pan. From the description of Maude Adams visiting cards, undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 774127810 Actress, author, and educator. From the description of Maude Adams papers, 1925-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981090 American actress and teacher, also known as Maude Adams Kiskadden. ...

Barnett, Ben (person)

Keller, Greta. (person)

Samuels, Rae (person)

Pierce, Billie (person)

Kindred, Lisa (person)

Farr, Bill (person)

Santos, Pearl (person)

Mankin, Harley (person)

Kendall, Elizabeth (person)

T.F. Harris (person)

Havoc, June (person)

Grayco, Helen (person)

Layton and Johnstone (corporateBody)

James Titus Godbolt (person)

Winwood, Estelle, 1883-1984 (person)

Humphrey, Peter (person)

Russell, Nipsy (person)

Lippman, Walter (person)

Norman, Ron (person)

Fine, Larry (person)

Covan, Willie (person)

Memphis Minnie, 1897-1973 (person)

Lizzie Douglas (June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973), better known as Memphis Minnie, was a blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter whose recording career lasted for over three decades. She recorded around 200 songs, some of the best known being "When the Levee Breaks", "Me and My Chauffeur Blues", "Bumble Bee" and "Nothing in Rambling"....

Weill, Kurt (person)

As a result of the success of his Broadway musical Lady in the dark in 1941, German-born composer Kurt Weill and his wife, the singing actress Lotte Lenya, were able to buy "Brook House," in Rockland County, New York, moving there during their sixth year in the United States. From Brook House, and a couple of addresses in Los Angeles during his trips there, Weill kept in touch, until a month before his death, with his parents, who had emigrated to Israel in 1935. From the description...

De De Pierce (person)

Young, Loretta (Gretchen) (person)

Barrett, Sweet Emma (person)

Slate Brothers (person)

Leroy, Hal (person)

Williams, Bert (person)

Marie Louise Wilson (person)

Haymes, Dick (person)

Freeman, Stan (person)

Frank L. Whittier (person)

Russell, Rosalind (person)

Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x00025f Rosalind Russell was born in Waterbury, CT, on June 4, 1912; attended Marymount College, NY, and American Academy of Dramatic Artists, NY; she made her film debut in Evelyn Prentice (1934); she played many dramatic roles until she found her place in comedies; her star status was confirmed with her role in The women (1939); the winner ...

McQueen, Armelia (person)

Actress Armelia McQueen was born on January 6, 1952 in Southern Pines, North Carolina to James and Kathleen McQueen. McQueen's parents divorced, and her mother married Robert Brown in New York. As a child, McQueen was raised in Brooklyn, New York where she performed in church plays. She attended P.S. 44 and P.S. 258 and graduated from New York City's Central Commercial High School in 1969. Afterwards, McQueen briefly enrolled at the Fashion Industry School, where she majored in fashion design. I...

Waters, Elsie, 1895-1990 (person)

Shaw, Wini 1900?-.... (person)

Gelmis, Joseph (person)

Vallee, Rudy (person)

Rice & Prevost (corporateBody)

Tempest, Marie (person)

Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001039.0x0002f0 ...

Bizzarro Brothers (corporateBody)

Howard, Willie (person)

Peters, Bernadette (person)

McCall, Mary Ann (person)

Sara Riva Krieger (person)

Mack, Charles (person)

Young, Cy (person)

Cy Young wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Glorious Age, originally titled, Extraordinary Behavior of the Common Crowd. From the guide to the The glorious age (musical): scripts and other papers, 1974-1975, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.) ...

Mercer, Johnny (person)

Johnny Mercer (1910-1976) was born John H. Mercer in Savannah, Georgia, the son of George Anderson Mercer. He was educated in Savannah public schools and at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He worked with his father in the real estate loan business before heading to New York in 1929 with the Savannah Town Theater group for a National Little Theater contest. He remained in New York to try for a stage career. He became a well-known lyricist and moved to California, where he produced many hit s...

McDonald, Christie, 1875-1962 (person)

Cummings, Constance, 1910-2005 (person)

Eddie & Lorraine (corporateBody)

Mitchell and Durant (corporateBody)

Kelly & Galvin (corporateBody)

Lindfors, Viveca (person)

Gardiner, Reginald, 1903-1980 (person)

Guthrie, Arlo (person)

Weston and Beasley (corporateBody)

Charles R. Sherlock (person)

Meehan, Danny (person)

Roy, William (person)

Epithet: Colonel; of Add MS 38213 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000244.0x000143 Epithet: Major-General FRS British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001149.0x0001ca Epithet: Colonel; Major -General 1782 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/8...

Michael O'Harro (person)

Anderson, Ernestine (person)

Whitcomb, Ian (person)

Herron, Bertie (person)

Walking Brothers (corporateBody)

Dixie Strutters (corporateBody)

Cox, Ida (person)

Arden, Eve, 1912-1990 (person)

D'Arville, Camille (person)

Snow, Valaida (person)

Eastwood, Clint (person)

Bolcom, William (person)

American composer, pianist, and author. From the description of Typewritten letters signed (3), and Autograph letter signed, dated : Ann Arbor, 12 and 28 April 1981, and 21 June 1988, and [New York, 15? May 1988], to Jim Fuld, 1981 Apr. 12 and 28, 1988 June 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874434 William Bolcom is a composer and pianist. Joan Morris is a mezzo-soprano. They are both members of the University of Michigan School of Music faculty. Bolcom and Morris have giv...

Corby, Ellen (person)

Chevalier, Albert, 1861-1923 (person)

Epithet: comedian British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000497.0x0002b6 ...

Gish, Dorothy (person)

Actress whose career spanned the silent film era till the 1960's. From the description of Papers, 1920-1990. (Bowling Green State University). WorldCat record id: 39285335 ...

Smith, Clara, 1954- (person)

Gay, Maisie (person)

Barton, Ralph (person)

Epithet: Captain; RN British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000983.0x00036c ...

Mr. Slim's Goodtime Ragtime Vaudeville Revival (corporateBody)

Mason, James, 1779-1827 (person)

Epithet: of Add MS 32696 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001197.0x0001cb Epithet: of Farby British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001301.0x00015b Epithet: Comptroller of Customs, Belfast British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001301.0x00015a ...

Howard, Rosetta (person)

Nicholas, Harold (person)

Robinson, John (person)

Epithet: carrier British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001302.0x0001ab John Robinson served as Secretary for Royal Society of Edinburgh. He wrote to John Brown regarding the Antarctic explorer James Weddell whom they both knew. From the guide to the John Robinson collection, 1839, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge) Epithet: MP British Library Archives and Manusc...

Cooper, Marilyn (person)

Haley, Jack (person)

Grenfell, Joyce, 1910-1979 (person)

Epithet: née Phipps, actress and entertainer British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000560.0x000227 Joyce Grenfell. Joyce Irene Grenfell (nee Phipps) was born in London on 10 February 1910, the elder child and only daughter of Paul Phipps, an architect and a fellow of RIBA, and his wife Nora Langhorne, from Virginia, USA, who was the sister of Nancy (later Viscountess) Astor, the first woman to sit in the House of Com...

Dame May Whitty (person)

Smith, W. Eugene, 1918-1978 (person)

Photojournalist; d. 1978. From the description of Papers, 1910-1978. (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 28410501 Architect John Gaw Meem, best known for a style of architecture known variously as "Santa Fe style," "Spanish-Pueblo style," or "Pueblo Revival." John Gaw Meem was involved with the Historical American Buildings Survey (HABS) in the 1930s and after retiring in 1959 continued to pursue an interest in historic preservation of New Mexico buildings. ...

Nielsen, Asta (person)

Three X Sisters (corporateBody)

Channing, Carol, 1921- (person)

Carol Channing (b. January 31, 1921, Seattle, WA) is an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Notable for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters typically radiate a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect. She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949, and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, when she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She revived both roles several times thro...

Bentley, Gladys, 1907-1960 (person)

Gladys Bentley (1907-1960) was an African American singer and drag performer. Bentley ran away from home at age sixteen, after showing a preference for borrowing her brother's suits and being sent to doctors to assess her behavior. She moved to New York City and started her career performing; when she heard that Harry Hansberry's Clam House on 133rd Street, a gay speakeasies, needed a male pianist, she began performing in men's attire. At the Clam House, Bentley perfected her act and became popu...

Joe Laurie, Jr. (person)

Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923 (person)

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) was a French actress. From the guide to the Sarah Bernhardt Collection, 1878-1969, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections) Actress, sculptor, and painter, Sarah Bernhardt was born in Paris, France. From the description of Letter, n.d. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007114 French born actress, artist, and writer. From the description of Sarah Bernhardt Collection, c...

Brown, Ruth, 1928-2006 (person)

Singer, songwriter, and actress....

Claire, Ina, 1892-1985 (person)

Married name: Ina Claire Wallace (1895-1985). From the description of Ina Claire papers, [ca. 1900-1985?]. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 122502049 Ina Claire Wallace was a prominent actress in the 1900s. She was born Ina Fagen, but used her mother's maiden name, Claire, as her stage name. She began performing at age thirteen and performed on stage and in the movies. From the description of The Ina Claire Wallace papers. 1893-1985. (Uni...

Morgan, Pete (person)

Kaye, Danny (person)

Biographical Note 1913, Jan. 18 David Daniel Kaminiski born, Brooklyn, New York First native-born American and youngest of three sons born to Clara and Jacob Kaminiski, both originally from the Ukraine 1913, Aug. 29 Sylvia Fine born, Brookly...

Price, Vincent (person)

DeMarco, Sally (person)

Booker, Beryl, 1922-1976 (person)

Ryan, Peggy (Margaret O'Rene) (person)

Clare, Tom (person)

Ellis, Anita (person)

Millar, Gertie, 1879-1952 (person)

Norman, Carl (person)

Lewis, Joe E. (person)

Hall, Edmund, 1619 or 1620-1687 (person)

Bandana Girls (corporateBody)

Tubby & Spats (corporateBody)

Fenton, Mabel (person)

Frankau, Ronald, 1894-1951 (person)

Cowles, David (person)

Russell, Lillian, 1861-1922 (person)

Moore, Dudley, 1935-2002 (person)

Epithet: Dublin rioter British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000678.0x000261 ...

Kelly, Mike (person)

Browning, Susan (person)

Spencer, O'Neil, 1909-1944 (person)

Lang, Eddie, 1902-1933 (person)

Levey, Ethel (person)

Botti, Mae (person)

Sullivan, Maxine. (person)

Allen, Richard, 1964- (person)

Epithet: of Add MS 36063 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000923.0x00004b Epithet: Soldier at Tangier British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000923.0x00004e Epithet: witness of Wolley Ch xi.64 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_1...

Newhart, Bob (person)

Louise Le Baron (person)

Sterling, Jan, 1923-2004 (person)

Hendricks, Jon, 1943-.... (person)

Weissmuller, Johnny (person)

Johnson, Ella (person)

Eichelberger, Ethyl, 1945-1990 (person)

Roberti, Lyda (person)

Morley, Robert (person)

Holloway, Stanley (person)

Stanley Holloway (1890-1982) made over 50 films, but he loved performing in the theatre and the comic monologues, for which he was so well known, were first introduced into a Co-Optimists' stage show in 1929. He began his career working in concert parties where he was spotted by Leslie Henson who organised Holloway's first west-end appearance in a Co-Optimists' show. His most notable post-war parts were as the first gravedigger in Olivier's Hamlet film; on stage as Bottom in the Old Vic producti...

Newton-John, Olivia (person)

De Wolf Hopper (person)

Grant, Cary, 1904-1986 (person)

Lee, Ada (person)

Gloria De Haven (person)

Jones, Etta (person)

Lauder, Harry (person)

O'Brien and Havel (corporateBody)

Andrews, Patty (person)

Wray, Fay, 1907-2004. (person)

Bosco, Mirth (person)

Wayne, Donald (person)

Ritz brothers (corporateBody)

Russell, Jane (person)

Mignon, ... (person)

Bale, Chas (person)

Sendroff, Mark (person)

Perry, Lincoln (person)

Brown, Johnny Mack (person)

Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Johnny Mack Brown : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122619622 ...

Stacy, Jess, 1904-1995 (person)

Spivey, Victoria (person)

Victoria Spivey (1906-1976), African American blues artist, motion picture actress, and owner of Spivey Records, was born in Houston, TX to Grant Spivey, a musician, and Addie Smith, a nurse. From the description of Victoria Spivey papers, 1960-1976. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173862883 ...

King Pleasure (person)

E.A. Albee (person)

Muldaur, Geoff (person)

Jeannie (& Jimmy) Cheatham (person)

Sidney, Sylvia (person)

Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001186.0x000209 ...

Caruso, Enrico (person)

Churchill, Marguerite (person)

Ford, Mabel (person)

English, Peggy (person)

Dresser, Louise (person)

Scott, Hazel (person)

Woolsey, Robert, gent. (person)

White, Georgia, 1903-1980 (person)

Valaida, Snow (person)

Navarro, Ramón, 1959- (person)

Barnes, Emile, 1892-1970 (person)

Hibbler, Al, 1915-2001 (person)

Wiere, Herbert (person)

Betty Grable (person)

Anderson, Ivie (person)

Waters, Doris (person)

Glover, Savion (person)

Tap dancer, choreographer and actor Savion Glover was born on November 19, 1973 in Newark, New Jersey. Glover began taking in music classes at Newark Community School of the Arts at four years old. He soon progressed to advanced classes, becoming the youngest student in the school's history to receive a full scholarship. At the age of seven, Glover enrolled in tap dance classes, and was soon opening at festivals with such greats as Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green, Honi Coles, and Buster Brown. In 1991,...

Flanagan & Allen (corporateBody)

Avner the Eccentric (person)

The Three Stooges (corporateBody)

Wagner, Richard, 1966- (person)

Howard, Moe (person)

Block & Sully (corporateBody)

Jaffe, Sam (person)

Abbott, Bud, 1895-1974 (person)

Mordkin, Mikhail, 1881-1944 (person)

Russian-born ballet dancer who performed with the Ballets Russes and Anna Pavlova and later founded the Mordkin School of Dance in New York. From the description of Papers, ca.1885-1979. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122408583 Mikhail Mikhailovich Mordkin, Russian dancer and teacher, was born in Moscow on December 9, 1880 into the family of the violinist of the Imperial Theatres. At the age of nine he entered Moscow Imperial Ballet School. Upon ...

Lee, Julia (person)

Gielgud, John, 1904-2000 (person)

English actor. From the description of Autograph letters signed (19) : London, to "Dear Mardi" [Mrs. John C. Hughes], 1972-1979. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269589158 From the description of Autograph letters signed (5) and typed letter signed : London, Hampstead, and Beverly Hills, to Denys [Blakelock], 1958 Dec. 6-1964 May 30 and [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870868 From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, t...

Jones, Betty Hall (person)

Bufalino, Brenda (person)

Cronyn, Hume (person)

Hume Cronyn: actor, producer, and director. Born 1911; died 2003. Jessica Tandy: actress. Born 1909; died 1994. Cronyn and Tandy married in 1942. From the description of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy papers, 1885-2007 (bulk 1935-2000). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982277 ...

Paddy O'Neil (person)

Rydell, Charles (person)

Kelly, Emmett, 1898-1979 (person)

Loudon, Dorothy (person)

Dorothy Loudon (1925-2003) was a singer, comedienne and Tony Award-winning actress, who appeared in supper clubs, television shows, films, summer stock and on Broadway. She was born on September 25, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up and attended high school in Claremont, New Hampshire. Her mother was a pianist, and her grandmother taught speech and drama at a private school in New England. After attending Syracuse University, Loudon worked in summer stock and on ...

Harrow, Nancy (person)

Jones, Maggie (person)

Talbot, Nita, 1930- (person)

Three Musical Moods (corporateBody)

Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962 (person)

American movie actress. From the description of Check signed : New York, 1961 Feb. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914072 Epithet: film star British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x00024b ...

Barnet, Robert A. (producer) (person)

Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967 (person)

Author; interviewee married Alan Campbell. From the description of Reminiscences of Dorothy Rothschild Parker : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86158240 Dorothy Parker was born in West End, New Jersey, in an upper-middle-class family of mixed heritage. Estranged from her parents due to her dislike of her strict, devout stepmother, she read voraciously and wrote verse. Seeking a career in literature, she worked for Vogue,...

Carter, Frank (person)

Dorough, Bob (person)

King, Morgana (person)

Terry, Sonny (person)

Jefferson, Joseph (person)

Froman, Jane, 1907-1980 (person)

Ellen Jane Froman, American actress and singer, was born on 10 November 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. Froman graduated in 1926 from Christian College, in Columbia, Missouri with an associate degree in French and then attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Froman did not graduate but went to Cincinnati to study voice at the Conservatory of Music from 1928 to 1930. Before graduation Froman broke into radio singing and doing commercials. Her first big break came when she got a job...

Gibson, Bob, 1935- (person)

Jackson, Jack (person)

Abbott and Costello (corporateBody)

Ralph, Julian, 1853-1903 (person)

Julian Ralph believed he was born to be a newspaperman; his years of acclaimed work with the elite New York Sun reinforce his faith. Ralph covered the major events of his day with distinction, using resourceful investigative skill, personal integrity, and a gift for sketching scenes with words to be acclaimed the "Newspaperman's newspaperman." From the description of Julian Ralph story fragment, ca. 1848. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 51464338 ...

King and Prince (corporateBody)

Welch, Elisabeth (person)

Charles Adrien Wettach (person)

Simone, Nina, 1933-2003 (person)

Nina Simone (b. Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Feb. 21, 1933, Tryon, NC–d. April 21, 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, France) began playing piano at the age three. In 1950 she studied at the Julliard School as a student of Carl Friedberg and later took piano lessons with Vladimir Sokoloff. Before becoming known as a singer, she worked as accompanist at Arlene Smith's vocal studio and taught piano lessons in Philadelphia. She began performing as Nina Simone at the Midtown Bar and Grill in Atlantic City. Her 1958 a...

Norton, Jack (person)

Jessel, George, 1898-1981 (person)

Entertainer and actor. From the description of Autograph card signed : [New York], to Irene [Gallagher], [192-]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914791 ...

Allan, Maud (person)

Epithet: dancer British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000813.0x00036f Biography Maud Allan was born in Toronto, Canada in 1883; raised in San Francisco, California; performing debut, Vienna, 1903; best known solo performance, The vision of Salome, 1908; toured India in 1913, Southeast Asia in 1913 and 1923, South America from 1919 to 1920, and the U.S.; had a scho...

Mike Wolff (person)

Williams, Cara (person)

Ahearn, Brian (person)

Handley, Tommy (Thomas Reginald), 1892-1949 (person)

Epithet: radio comedian alias Thomas Reginald British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000834.0x0002e3 ...

Sampson, Ivan (person)

Smith, Clay, 1957-.... (person)

Midler, Bette (person)

Cullen, Frank, 1936- (person)

This archive was collected by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly, founders of the American Museum of Vaudeville (commonly referred to as the American Vaudeville Museum) in Boston. Many of the materials pertain to the Boston and New York areas. Some items were purchased by Cullen and McNeilly; others were contributed by fans and other interested persons, or by family members of performers from the vaudeville era. Many of the histories gathered by Cullen and McNeilly were published in t...

Chaplin, Sydney (person)

Miller, Punch, 1894-1971 (person)

McCoy, Viola (person)

Harvey, Lilian, 1907-1968 (person)

Fordyce, Jessie (person)

Frank A. Vardon (person)

Cole, Bob. (person)

Donegan, Dorothy (person)

Rollini, Adrian (person)

France, Mozelle (person)

Davis, Hartley (person)

Rathbone, Basil, 1892-1967 (person)

British stage, screen, and radio actor; b. in Johannesburg, South Africa. From the description of Basil Rathbone collection, 1924-1950. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70925636 Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Basil Rathbone : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122512788 Huxley was an English novelist and Rathbone an English actor. Rathbone played a character in The giaconda smil...

Hall, Adelaide (person)

Ballard, Kaye (person)

Fink's Mules (corporateBody)

Stafford, Jo (person)

Teasdale, Vera (person)

Day, Edith, 1896-1971 (person)

Eureka Brass Band (corporateBody)

Matthews, Gerry (person)

Rifkin, Joshua (person)

Sullivan, Jo (person)

Loy, Myrna (person)

Jenkins, Myrtle (person)

Joe Venuti's All Stars (corporateBody)

Gavine and Arnette (corporateBody)

Hunter, Alberta (person)

Blues singer Alberta Hunter debuted in Chicago at age fifteen in 1912, toured throughout the world and sang leading roles in Europe and on Broadway. Born in 1895 in Memphis, Tennessee, she appeared in top Chicago nightclubs, including the Dreamland Cafe, where she shared the spotlight with the King Oliver Band. In 1921 Hunter made her first recording on the Black Swan label with her own song, "Down Hearted Blues." She replaced Bessie Smith in the leading role of the musical, "How Co...

Ross, Shirley, 1913-1975 (person)

Franklin, Irene (person)

John J. Murdock (person)

Anderson, John Murray (person)

Charles, Ray (person)

Lee, Anna (person)

Crawford, Joan (person)

Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994 (person)

Cabell Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was a Black American singer, songwriter, dancer, bandleader, conductor and actor. He was associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, where he was a regular performer and became a popular vocalist of the swing era. His niche of mixing jazz and vaudeville won him acclaim during a career that spanned over 65 years. Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the most popular dance bands in the United States from the ea...

Lemmon, Jack (person)

Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Jack Lemmon :koral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131655 ...

Glose, Augusta (person)

Rainey, Ma, 1886-1939 (person)

Ma Rainey (b. Gertrude Pridgett, April 26, 1886, Columbus, GA-d. Dec. 22, 1939, Rome, GA) was one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of blues singers to record. She was first exposed to blues music around 1902 and soon after formed the Alabama Fun Makers Company with her husband, Will Rainey. In 1906, both joined Pat Chappelle's Rabbit's Foot Company. Ma Rainey was discovered by Paramount Records producer J. Mayo Williams in 1923, signed a...

Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972 (person)

Mahalia Jackson (b. Oct. 26, 1911, New Orleans, LA–d. Jan. 27, 1972, Evergreen Park, IL) was one of the most well-known gospel singers of the 20th century. She began singing in church and when she moved to Chicago at age 16 she continued that. In fact, she refused to sing secular music. In 1947 Jackson signed with the Apollo record label and recorded many hits. She was the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1950. She also performed gospel at the Newport Jazz Festival and sang at ...

Dietrich, Marlene, 1901-1992 (person)

Marlene Dietrich (b. December 27, 1901, Berlin, Germany–d. May 6, 1992, Paris, France) was a German actress and singer. Throughout her long career, spanning from the 1910s to the 1980s, she maintained popularity by continually reinventing herself. In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted on the stage and in silent films. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), and Desire (1936). Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United St...

Durant, Jack (person)

Sokolow, Anna (person)

Dancer, choreographer. From the description of Oral history interview with Anna Sokolow, 1978. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513535 ...

Donovan, Warde (person)

Hughes, Russell Meriweather (person)

L.C. "Speedy" Huggins (person)

American National Theatre & Academy (corporateBody)

Cirque de Sade (corporateBody)

Jones, Bob, IV (person)

Cook, Joe (person)

Gibson, Cleo (person)

Lupescu, Magda (Elena) (person)

Mills, Florence, 1896-1927 (person)

Herbin "Tamango" Van Cayseele (person)

King, Hetty (person)

Carl Freed's Harmonic Harlequins (corporateBody)

Gideon, Melvin (person)

Oaker, Jane (person)

Brown, Joe E. (person)

Hope, Bob (person)

L.J. Newton (person)

Ward, Clara (person)

Miss Eleanor Robson (person)

M.S. Mahendra (person)

Wiley, Lee (person)

Barton, James (person)

Epithet: of Antigua British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000983.0x000314 ...

Butterbeans & Susie (corporateBody)

Carter, Betty, 1930-1998 (person)

Andrews, LaVerne, 1911-1967 (person)

Miss Broadway (corporateBody)

Crisp, Ida (person)

W.L. Lockwood (person)

Colman, Ronald (person)

Loftus, Marie (person)

Magley, Guy (person)

Robbins, Rex (person)

McGill, Everett (person)

Edmund Hall Quintets (corporateBody)

Jarreau, Al (person)

Little Tich, 1867-1928 (person)

Moore, Constance, 1920-2005 (person)

Buttons, Red, 1919-2006 (person)

Bondi, Beulah, 1892-1981 (person)

Beulah Bondi (b. May 3, 1889, Chicago, IL–d. Jan. 11, 1981, Los Angeles, CA) was an actress of stage, film, and television. She was one of the first five women to be nominated for an Academy Award in the newly created category of "Best Supporting Actress" for her work in The Gorgeous Hussy. ...

Cornell, Katherine, 1972- (person)

Albee, Edward Franklin (person)

Ball, Lucille, 1911-1989 (person)

The Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz collection chronicles the lives and careers of two of the most influential figures in the history of American entertainment. Ball and Arnaz achieved immortality when they created the roles of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the ground-breaking television situation comedy "I Love Lucy" in 1952. From the description of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz collection 1915-1990 (bulk 1925-1990). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71128329 ...

McNeilly, Donald, 1945- (person)

This archive was collected by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly, founders of the American Museum of Vaudeville (commonly referred to as the American Vaudeville Museum) in Boston. Many of the materials pertain to the Boston and New York areas. Some items were purchased by Cullen and McNeilly; others were contributed by fans and other interested persons, or by family members of performers from the vaudeville era. Many of the histories gathered by Cullen and McNeilly were published in t...

Holliday, Jennifer (person)

Hopkins, Mae (person)

John F. Loyd (person)

Jeffries, Fran (person)

Dixon, Lee (person)

Irwin, Bill (person)

Nicholas, Albert, 1900-1973 (person)

Palmer, Lili (person)

Bogue, Merwyn (person)

Davenport Sisters (person)

Butterbeans & Susie (Musical group) (corporateBody)

Lyons, Carnell (person)

Blackwell, Scrapper (person)

Rushing, Jimmy (person)

McNichol, Kristy, 1962- (person)

Wyngard, Peter (person)

Wiere, Harry (person)

Crimmons, Dan (person)

Douglas, Fred (person)

Clare, Helen (person)

Canova, Judy, 1913-1983 (person)

Chase, Chaz (person)

Smith, Trixie, 1895-1943 (person)

Low, Rowland (person)

Fougere, Eugenie (person)

Carey, Harry (person)

Renoir, Jean, 1894-1979 (person)

Renoir was born in Paris, France, Sept. 15, 1894; son of painter Auguste Renoir; became citizen of US, 1946, while retaining French citizenship; educated at Collége de Sainte-Croix, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Ecole Sainte-Marie de Monceau, Ecole Massina, Nice; graduated University of Aix-en-Provence with a degree in math and philosophy,1913; served in French cavalry, 1914-15; transferred to French Flying Corps, 1916; worked as potter and ceramicist, 1920-23; directed first film, La Fille de le̕au, 1924...

Lawrence, Victoria (person)

Cohan, George M., Jr., 1914-2000 (person)

Abbott, George (person)

Epithet: MRCS, FGS British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000815.0x00025c Epithet: of Add MS 61346 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000987.0x00010c Epithet: of the Paymaster General's Office British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000676.0x000214 Epithet: Cl...

El Barto (person)

Davis, Bette, 1908-1989 (person)

Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Bette Davis : oral history, [197-?]. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122631883 ...

Melton, James (person)

Reese, Della (person)

The name Della Reese is synonymous with entertainment and excellence. Starting her career in entertainment as a singer, she developed her own style with romantic ballads and other songs that utilized her unique blend of jazz, blues and gospel and phrasing that to this day makes for a sound that is unmistakably Della Reese.Reese, born Deloreese Patricia Early in Detroit, Michigan, began singing in church when she was six years old. Throughout her formative years, Reese sang gospel music, and at a...

Lyon, Ben (person)

Epithet: American actor, husband of B Daniels British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000977.0x000128 ...

Country Joe McDonald (person)

Gingold, Hermione (person)

Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x000257 ...

Condon, Eddie, 1905-1973 (person)

Lorre, Peter (person)

Warfield, David, 1866-1951 (person)

Flagstad, Kirsten, 1895-1962 (person)

Flagstad was a Norwegian soprano who achieved international recognition with her Metropolitan Opera debut on February 2, 1935. From the description of Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 123527574 From the guide to the Kirsten Flagstad collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1935-1960, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded So...

Compton, Fay, 1894-1978 (person)

British actress. From the description of Letter : London, to Laurence Housman, [19--] Sept. 24. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 25352512 ...

Horne, Rudy (person)

Mahoney, Will, 1894-1967 (person)

Jefferson, Joe (person)

Edwards, Bernice (person)

Johnson, Stella (person)

Negri, Pola, 1899-1987 (person)

Dove, Billie (person)

Bennett, Tony, 1926- (person)

Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He...

Fields, Lew, 1867-1941 (person)

Bumble Bee Slim (person)

Alexandria, Lorez (person)

Anderson, Eric (person)

Ewell, Don (person)

Moran and Mack (corporateBody)

Watson Sisters (Fanny and Kitty) (corporateBody)

Ayer, Nat D. (person)

Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954 (person)

American composer and singer, brother of James Weldon Johnson, known for composing the music to "Lift every voice and sing" for which his brother wrote the lyrics. From the description of Letter of J. Rosamond Johnson to A.J. Hanna, 1944 February 20. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 70259141 Black American composer, singer, and stage performer. From the description of The J. Rosamond Johnson papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat ...

Henreid, Paul. (person)

Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Paul Henreid : oral history, 1972. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122587600 ...

Mayo, Virginia (person)

Flavin, Margaret (person)

Roche, Betty (person)

Daniels, Bebe (Phyllis) (person)

Patton, Frank (person)

Lotz, Rainer (person)

Van & Schenck (corporateBody)

Martin, Tony, 1913-2012 (person)

Pidgeon, Walter, 1897-1984 (person)

Firesign Theatre (corporateBody)

Smith, C. Aubrey (Charles Aubrey), 1863-1948 (person)

English character actor. From the description of Letter to Harriet Lancashire White, 1942 March 13. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48926815 ...

Boles, John (person)

Tan, Margaret Leng (person)

Shay, Dorothy (person)

Lugosi, Bela (person)

Madeline F. Matz (person)

Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964 (person)

Jazz musician Weldon Leo (Jack) Teagarden (1905-1964) was born in Vernon, Texas, to Charles and Helen Teagarden. Beginning piano lessons at the age of five, Teagarden switched to trombone two years later. After his first professional performance in 1921, Teagarden played with several Texas bands and made his first trip to New York in 1926. A year later he moved to the city and defeated Glenn Miller for the position of first trombone in Ben Pollack’s band. Teagarden made his first re...

Houston, Cisco (person)

Whiteman, Paul, 1890-1967 (person)

Dietz, Howard (person)

Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, writers and composers. From the description of Revenge with music: typescript, 1934. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122532975 Howard Dietz (1896-1983) was an important musical theater lyricist and motion picture publicist, who is well-known for his professional partnership with composer Arthur Schwartz, as well as for his long association with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio. Born in New York City...

Austin, Gene (person)

Keach, Stacy (person)

Raye, Martha (person)

Martha Raye (b. Aug. 27, 1916-d. Oct. 19, 1994), American comic actress and singer. From the description of Raye, Martha, 1916-1994 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10580797 ...

Hardwick, Cedric (person)

Aherne, Brian (person)

Epithet: actor British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000564.0x0001b2 ...

Murray, J. Harold (person)

Eva Sully (Block) (person)

Gilmore, Charles Mike (person)

American Museum of Vaudeville (corporateBody)

This archive was collected by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly, founders of the American Museum of Vaudeville (commonly referred to as the American Vaudeville Museum) in Boston. Many of the materials pertain to the Boston and New York areas. Some items were purchased by Cullen and McNeilly; others were contributed by fans and other interested persons, or by family members of performers from the vaudeville era. Many of the histories gathered by Cullen and McNeilly were published in their periodic...

Leach, Helen (person)

Moore, Monette (person)

Jolson, Al, 1886-1950 (person)

Composer. From the description of Autograph note signed : [New York], to Irene [Gallagher], 1921 Jan. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914110 Although many people view Al Jolson as little more than a singer of long ago, the voice of "The Jazz Singer", the first full-length 'talking movie", he was known as The World's Greatest Entertainer, a superstar before the word was coined, a man whose musical heritage created much of the entertainment industry we know today. His car...

Leigh, Carol, 1949- (person)

Carlin, George (person)

Duffy, Patrick, 1949- (person)

Epithet: Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000684.0x0001d9 Epithet: weaver, of Drogheda British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000684.0x0001da ...

Flippen, Jay C., 1899-1971 (person)

Cato S. Keith (person)

Humes, Helen (person)

Watson, Billy (person)

Smith, Carrie, 1925-2012 (person)

Phillips, Esther (person)

Bates, Clayton (Peg Leg Bates) (person)

Blaney, Nora (person)

Morse, Ella Mae (person)

Joy, Leatrice, 1894-1985 (person)

Burns, Sandy (person)

Donald O'Connor (person)

Hay, Will (person)

Allyn, David, 1923- (person)

Gorme, Eydie (person)

Merkel, Una, 1903-1986 (person)

Gaines, Bea (person)

Chang, Anna (person)

Fleming, Rhonda, 1923-.... (person)

Witherspoon, Jimmy (person)

King, Charles (Charles Eulle) (person)

Epithet: Quartermaster British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000695.0x00002a Epithet: composer and organist British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000698.0x0000a7 Epithet: MD, Fellow of Merton Coll, Oxford British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000695.0x000028 E...

Chase, Chaz (Chaz Chase) (person)

Baez, Joan, 1941- (person)

Joan Baez (b. Jan. 9, 1941) is a singer, songwriter, musician, and activist. She got her start during the 1959 Newport Folk Festival and is well known for her performance of "We Shall Overcome" at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom....

Whiting, Margaret (person)

Forde, Florrie, 1876-1940 (person)

Hildegarde Loretta Sell (person)

Cavanaugh, Hobart, 1886-1950 (person)

Dixon, Jessica (person)

Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996 (person)

Ella Fitzgerald (b. April 25, 1917, Newport News, VA–d. June 15, 1996, Beverly Hills, CA) was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. After tumultuous teenage years, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country, but...

Jergens, Adèle 1917-2002 (person)

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Mack, Ollie (person)

Waller, Lewis, 1860-1915 (person)

English actor-manager. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Oscar Wilde, [no year] Apr. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586447 ...

Davis, Joan (person)

Faye, Alice, 1915-1998 (person)

Girard, Teddy (person)

Nelson, Portia (person)

Nelson worked for Bell Laboratory (N.J.), helped invent micrographics technology (microfilm, microfiche, etc.), served under General Eisenhower in World War II, worked on the NASA Apollo rocket project and was a contractor for University Microfilm Company, Xerox and IBM. Portia (Betty Mae) Nelson (Carl's sister) was an actress on Broadway and in Hollywood. From the guide to the Carl E. Nelson papers, bulk 1890-1960, 1890-2001, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections) ...

Fagan, Noodles (person)

Allen, Annisteen (person)

Mr. Nostalgia (corporateBody)

Martin, Mary, 1942- (person)

Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x000269 ...

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (corporateBody)

Johnson, Margaret, Ph. D. (person)

Epithet: widow British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000700.0x00035c Epithet: nurse at Highgate Infirmary British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000356.0x0001fd ...

Mason, Marsha (person)

Four Step Brothers (corporateBody)

Nesbitt, Cathleen, 1888-1982 (person)

Cathleen Nesbitt (1888-1982) was an English actress. From the description of Letters: to Anita Loos, 1965-1975. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122515122 Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001027.0x000244 Epithet: afterwards Ramage actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_1...

Rae, Charlotte (person)

Pryor, Richard (person)

Kenney, Joseph (person)

Brown, Cleo (person)

Virginia O'Brien (person)

Richardson, Ralph E., 1918- (person)

Ralph Richardson was commissary clerk and probate registrar in Edinburgh, and compiled the family tree. He had married Melville Elizabeth Fleming, a granddaughter of Melville Christie. From the guide to the Family tree of Christie of Ferrybank, 1902., 1902, 1980, (University of St Andrews) Epithet: MD British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001129.0x000318 ...

Hammond, John, 1947 July 28- (person)

Epithet: Rector of Priston British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001299.0x0002ee Epithet: Parson of Bewdley, county Worcestershire British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001299.0x0002ed Epithet: Presbyterian minister of Kirkhill British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000...

Robbins, Todd (person)

Ito, Robert (person)

Odetta, 1930-2008 (person)

Anointed as the queen of American folk music by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Odetta Gordon, a coloratura soprano, was born Odetta Holmes on December 31, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama. When she lost her father, Rueben Holmes, at a young age, her mother, Flora, remarried and gave the children their stepfather's name, Felious. Moving to Los Angeles with her family in 1936 at age six, Odetta began studying classical music. After graduating from high school, she attended Los Angeles City College where ...

Kelly, Phil (person)

Haney, Carol (person)

Parenti, Tony, 1900-1972 (person)

Señor Wences (person)

Valdare, Jimmy (person)

Brooks, Stella (person)

Tanguay, Eva, 1878-1947 (person)

Le Grand David (person)

Bean, Orson (person)

James, Harry, 1916-1983 (person)

Clarinettist and bandleader. From the description of Autograph card signed, dated : [n.p.], 1969 Oct. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914788 James was a swing-era bandleader and trumpet player. After playing briefly with the Benny Goodman orchestra, he established his own band in 1939 and reached the height of his popularity in the mid-1940s. During the 1950s and 1960s, James played mainly in various Las Vegas lounges. He continued performing until shortly before his de...

Hoen, Max, Cora, and Ed (person)

Griffith, Corinne (person)

Billy "Cheese & Crackers" Hagan (person)

Johns, Brooke (person)

GISH, LILLIAN (person)

Buckley, Dick (person)

Scott, George Cole. (person)

Lawrence, Gertrude (person)

Gertrude Lawrence, actress, was born Gertrud Alexandra Dagnar Lawrence Klasen in London, England on July 4, 1898. She was a musical star of stage and screen. She worked frequently with producer John Golden, and with actor and writer Noel Coward. Miss Lawrence's last stage appearance was with Yul Brynner in the musical, The King and I, in 1951. Gertrude Lawrence died on September 6, 1952. From the guide to the Gertrude Lawrence collection, 1910-1952, (The New York Public Library. Bill...

Nelms, Henning (person)

Reed, Melva (person)

Gooding, Cynthia (person)

Burns & Allen (corporateBody)

Trix Sisters (corporateBody)

Barbarin, Paul, 1855-1931 (person)

Patterson, Burdella (person)

Kane, Helen (person)

Bell, Charles (person)

Epithet: FRS; surgeon British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001164.0x000015 ...

Steel, John (person)

Epithet: of Cockermouth Cumb British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000758.0x000044 ...

Eisenberg, Avner (person)

Vance, Clarice (person)

Earle, Edward, 1882-1972 (person)

McHugh, Frank (person)

Willie 'The Lion' Smith (person)

Farrell, Eileen (person)

Luke, Keye, 1904-1991 (person)

Minevitch, Borrah, 1902-1955 (person)

Chevalier, Maurice, 1888-1972 (person)

Epithet: of Add MS 39101 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000987.0x000371 ...

Leno, Dan, 1860-1904 (person)

Williams, Herb (person)

Barnes, Binnie, 1903-1998 (person)

Dale, Charles (of Joe Smith and Charlie Dale) (person)

Robinson, Bill. (person)

Warren, Earl (person)

Powell, William J., 1955- (person)

Epithet: of the Irish Custom House British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000614.0x00011d Epithet: surveyor British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000429.0x000295 ...

Palmer, Lilli (person)

Ward, May (person)

Hardy, Oliver, 1892-1957 (person)

Wilson, Wesley, 1893-1958 (person)

Chatman, Christine (person)

Richmond, June (person)

Morse, Ella Mae (person)

Lee, Peggy (person)

Lillian Bohny (person)

Andrews, Maxene (person)

Grahame, Ferdinand (person)

Leonar, Eddie (person)

Gosden, Freeman (of Amos 'n' Andy) (person)

DeMarco, Tony, 1932- (person)

Edward "Ned" Harrigan (person)

Hines, Mimi (person)

McCarty, Mary (person)

Pollard, Harry, 1919-1985 (person)

Hindu Belles (corporateBody)

Al and Carmelita Hernandez (person)

Mills, Hayley (person)

Rowland, Adele (person)

Tessie O'Shea (person)

Robins, Adolph (person)

Carle, Richard, 1871-1941 (person)

Richard Carle, playwright, composer, lyricist, producer, director and actor on stage and in film, was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and died in Hollywood, California. His early career, 1900-1920s, was on Broadway in musical comedy as author, producer, director, lyricist and performer. He often acted in his own plays. From 1928-1941 he appeared in over 80 films as a character actor. From the description of Richard Carle papers. 1900-1941. (New York Public ...

Carpenter, Thelma (Vocalist) (person)

Bannister, Betty (person)

Tree, Beerbohm (person)

Gilder, George (person)

Bates, Clayton (person)

Wright, Richard (person)

Epithet: MD, of Sherborn British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000507.0x0001e2 Epithet: Scrivener, of London British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000507.0x0001ea Epithet: of Holborn British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000507.0x0001e8 Epithet: of Brington Ma...

Boyer, Charles (person)

Smith, Kate (person)

Robison, Willard (person)

Pitts, Zasu 1894-1963 (person)

Peters Sisters (corporateBody)

Tate, Harry, 1872-1940 (person)

Elen, Gus, 1862-1940 (person)

Holman, Libby (person)

Ring, Blanche, 1871-1961 (person)

Friganza, Trixie, 1870-1955 (person)

Byng, Douglas (person)

Epithet: actor British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000496.0x0001b9 ...

Rose, Tim (person)

Coogan, Jackie (person)

Reed, Bonnie (person)

Guarnieri, Johnny, 1917-1985 (person)

Clayton, Jackson & Durante (corporateBody)

Peabody, Eddie, approximately 1901-1970 (person)

Jefferson, Eddie, 1918-1979 (person)

Oakie, Jack, 1903-1978 (person)

Jack Oakie was born Lewis Delaney Offield on November 12, 1903, in Sedalia, Missouri. He grew up in Oklahoma and Kansas before his family relocated to New York City. It was here where he was able to launch his acting career. He took his first acting job in a 1922 George Cohan production. When Oakie arrived in Hollywood in 1927, silent films were still quite common, and five of his first six films were silent pictures. In 1928, Oakie signed with Paramount Pictures and performed in Paramount's fir...

Gordon, Bert (person)

Laine, Cleo (person)

née Campbell Epithet: singer British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000209.0x000184 ...

Chas. H. Smith (person)

Salvini, Tomasso (person)

Isabell D'Armond (person)

Hutton, June (person)

Lee, Bruce (person)

Eltinge, Julian, 1883-1941 (person)

Wiere Brothers (corporateBody)

The Doll Family (corporateBody)

Meltzer, Henry (person)

Henderson, Rosa (person)

Fay, Frank (person)

Farlow, Talmage Tal Holt (person)

Fetchit, Stepin (person)

Kenyon, Laura (person)

Maude, Cyril, 1862-1951 (person)

Epithet: actor-manager British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000350.0x0002de Cyril Maude (1862-1951) was an actor-manager in England and America who appeared on stage from 1883 and in films from 1913. For fuller details of his life and achievements see Who was who, 1951-1960 From the guide to the Literary and theatrical manuscripts of Cyril Maude, ca. 1882-1942, (Leeds University Library) ...

Mary [Hamlet] (person)

Valor, Henrietta (person)

Dixon, Reg (person)

Coquelin, Constant, 1841-1909 (person)

Calvert, John, 1852-1928 (person)

Epithet: of Add MS 36048 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000755.0x0002c1 John Betts Calvert (1852-1928) was a Baptist minister and editor. From the description of John Calvert papers, 1876-1879. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122532143 From the guide to the John Calvert papers, 1876-1879, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.) Epithet: of Add MS 32879 ...

Weeks, Larry (person)

Dussault, Nancy (person)

Grey, Lizzie/Lissie (person)

Jones, Jonah, 1909-2000 (person)

Laye, Evelyn (person)

Renault, Francis, 1893-1955 (person)

Francis Renault (1893-1955), born Anthony Auriemma in Naples (Italy), was raised in Providence, Rhode Island. He worked in vaudeville as Francis Renault, building his reputation by impersonating the famous actress Lillian Russell and, like her, wearing expensive gowns. In 1924, after a European tour, he opened his own club in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He would wear his female costumes in the street in towns where he was touring, thereby creating publicity for the show but also being arrested se...

Happiness Boys (corporateBody)

Bird, Billie, 1908-2002 (person)

Williams, Joe (person)

Harrigan & Hart (corporateBody)

Tomlin, Pinky, 1907-1987 (person)

Mary Lou Williams Trio (corporateBody)

Heidt, Horace, 1901-1986 (person)

Brachetti, Arturo (person)

Ritter, Thelma, 1905-1969 (person)

Bara, Theda, 1885-1955 (person)

Lukas, Paul, 1894-1971 (person)

Mills Brothers (corporateBody)

Blanche, Belle (person)

Roberts, Eric (person)

Langdon, Harry, 1884-1944 (person)

Stanwyck, Barbara, 1907-1990 (person)

Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) began her acting career in stage and silent movies. She eventually appeared in more than 80 motion pictures, including "Christmas in Connecticut," "Double Indemnity," and "Walk on the Wild Side." Stanwyck also appeared in numerous television programs, including "The Big Valley," and the mini-series "The Thornbirds." She won an emmy for her work in "The Thornbirds" and an oscar for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. From the description of Barbara St...

Barrymore, John, 1882-1942 (person)

Gielgud, John, Sir (person)

Jones, Billy (person)

Edmond O'Brien (person)

Wilbur de Paris (person)

Wethersby, Emma (person)

Hoffmann, Gertrude (person)

Cotten, Elizabeth, 1893-1987 (person)

Elizabeth Cotten, also known as Libba Cotten, (born Elizabeth Nevills, January 5, 1893, Carrboro, North Carolina – died June 29, 1987, Syracuse, New York), American folk and blues musician. She was a self-taught left-handed guitarist who played a guitar strung for a right-handed player, but played it upside down. This position meant that she would play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her signature alternating bass style has become known as "Cotten picking". Nationa...

Sidney de Paris (person)

Scott, Hazel D. (person)

Redman, Julia (person)

Ravel Troupe (corporateBody)

Minevich, Borrah (person)

Sarony, Leslie (person)

Royal Tokyo Japanese Troupe (corporateBody)

Doyle, Patsy (Patrick) (person)

Clayton, Kid (person)

Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975 (person)

Josephine Baker(1906-1975) was a dancer, singer, and civil rights activist. She performed in Paris, New York, Africa, and the Middle East, and was a crusader for racial equality. She was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Eddie Carson, a musician, and Carrie Macdonald. Her parents parted when Josephine was still an infant, and her mother married Arthur Martin, which has led to some confusion about her maiden name. Very llittle is known about her childhood, exce...

Fonda, Henry, 1905-1982 (person)

Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982), known more commonly as Henry Fonda, was an American film and stage actor who had a career that spanned five decades in Hollywood. Fonda cultivated a strong, appealing screen image in several films now considered to be classics, earning one Academy Award for Best Actor on two nominations. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor and made his Hollywood film debut in 1935. His film career began to gain momentum with roles such as Bette Da...

Frost & Morrison (person)

Ritchard, Cyril (person)

Byron, Bert (person)

Gartelle Brothers (corporateBody)

Barker, Danny. (person)

MacKenzie, Mary, 1914-2003 (person)

Epithet: of Portland Place, London British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000876.0x0000ed ...

Hoff, Pearl (person)

Ashford, Pauline (person)

Lloyd, Herbert (person)

Epithet: MP, 1st Baronet British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000696.0x000158 Epithet: of Peterwell; MP for county Cardiganshire Title: Baronet British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000569.0x0000af ...

Lynn, Vera (person)

Scott, Randolph (person)

Swanson, Gloria Borseth (person)

Carmichael, Hoagy, 1899-1981 (person)

Hoagy Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana, November 22, 1899, the son of Howard Clyde and Lida Mary (Robinson) Carmichael. He earned a LLB from Indiana University in 1926, and married Ruth Mary Meinardi on March 14, 1936. He was the composer of many hit songs, namely Stardust (1927), and became the star of both his own radio program (Tonight at Hoagy's) and his own television show (Saturday Night Review). His acting credits include the films To Have and to Have Not, Johnny Angel, Canyon ...

Boswell, Connie, 1907-1976 (person)

Brown, Wini (person)

Farrell, Glenda, 1904-1971 (person)

Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Glenda Farrell : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513192 ...

Colley, Thomas, -1751 (person)

Epithet: Archdeacon of Pietermaritzburg British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000246.0x0002b2 ...

May, Bobby (person)

Ford Sisters (corporateBody)

Hare, Ernest (person)

Fox, Harry (person)

Whyte, Ronnie (person)

Karras, Alex (person)

Bonita (person)

Troy, Thom (person)

Nelson, Julia, 1942- (person)

Clayton, Ethel, 1884-1966 (person)

Four Sisters Ruby (corporateBody)

Berger, Mark (person)

Lamour, Dorothy, 1914-1996 (person)

Rambova, Natacha (person)

Cook, Barbara (person)

Kenney, Horace (person)

Ross, Charles J. (person)

Carney, Art, 1918-2003 (person)

McLawler, Sarah (person)

Slocum, Bill (person)

Dodge, Marshall Jewell, 1935-1982 (person)

Connery, Sean (person)

Winters, Shelley (person)

Memphis Willie B. (person)

Cukor, George (person)

Oliver, Richard (person)

Richard Oliver was a resident of Ulster County in New York State. From the guide to the Richard Oliver papers, 1784-1798, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.) Epithet: Curate of St Margaret's, Westminster British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000357.0x0002ec Epithet: Midshipman, RN British Library Archives and Manuscr...

Sheridan, Ann, 1915-1967 (person)

Bernice, Ben (person)

Decoe, Harry (person)

Hayworth, Rita, 1918-1987 (person)

Actress. From the description of Papers, 1943. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 144611742 ...

Elton, Lily (person)

Buchanon, Jack (person)

Reed, Leonard (person)

Wheeler & Woolsey (corporateBody)

Ebsen, Buddy, 1908-2003. (person)

Hare, Doris, 1905-2000 (person)

Epithet: friend of Myra Hess British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000296.0x000251 ...

Stritch, Elaine (person)

Rose, Billy, 1899-1966 (person)

American lyricist. From the description of Autograph block of four postage stamps, each signed : [n.p.], [194-?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270924811 ...

Rice and Prevost (corporateBody)

Brown, Sweet Georgia (person)

Marx, Chico, 1887-1961 (person)

Nolan, Lloyd (person)

Rawls, Eugenia (person)

Broadway and daytime drama actress, author (Tallulah: A Memory), and personal friend of Tallulah Bankhead. From the description of Papers, 1975-2000. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 31073652 Actress; wife of lawyer, theatrical producer, and newspaper publisher Donald Seawell (1912- ). From the description of Eugenia Rawls and Donald Seawell theater collection, 1916- 1988. WorldCat record id: 25422493 From the guide to the Eugenia Rawls and D...

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (corporateBody)

Bennett, Billy (person)

Big Maybelle (person)

Currie, Rob (person)

J.W. Kelly (person)

Hartman, Johnny (person)

Harvey, Lawrence (person)

Epithet: architect, of Westminster British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000218.0x0001c8 ...

McCarthy, Mary (Mary Eunice) (person)

Wilson, Edith (person)

Thornton, Big Mama, 1926-1984 (person)

Big Mama Thornton was born Willie Mae Thornton on December 11, 1926. She rose to fame as a singer after recording "Hound Dog" in 1953. She found success in the San Francisco Bay area. She died July 25, 1984....

Anderson, Maceo (person)

Idaho, Bertha (person)

Keeler, Ruby (person)

Johnny "Scat" Davis (person)

Rawlston, Zelma (person)

Flack, Roberta (person)

Douglas, William O. (person)

Rogers, Ginger (person)

Big Joe Turner (person)

More, Unity (person)

McGhee, Brownie, 1915-1996 (person)

Hall, Winnie (person)

Lahr, Bert, 1895-1967 (person)

American actor. From the description of Letter, 1957. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122392587 ...

Firtsch, Willie (person)

Martin, Sara (person)

Smith, Jack (person)

Jack Smith and Pete Schwepker travelled up the Beale road and into the Turkey Tanks and took these photographs. From the guide to the Jack Smith Collection, 1974, (Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department) ...

Billy De Wolfe (person)

Young, Gig, 1913-1978 (person)

Carus, Emma, 1878-1927 (person)

Lytton, Henry A., 1865-1936 (person)

Actor and singer in D'Oyly Carte Company. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Wuston?] Garden Theatre, Blackpool, to Mrs. Chapman, 1922 Aug. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125521 Actor. From the description of Letter of Henry A. Lytton, 1935. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451333 ...

Farrar, Geraldine (person)

American soprano. From the description of Autograph note signed, dated : [n.p.], 1961, to [Joseph Chouinard?], 1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270913139 From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : Ridgefield, Conn., 31 January 1934 and New York [n.d., 1934], to H[arry] H[arkness] Flagler, 1934 Jan. 31 and [n.d. 1934]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270576719 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Ridgefield, Conn., 28 August ...

Turner, Daisy (person)

Lynne, Gloria (person)

Gloria Lynne was born Gloria Wilson on November 23, 1931, in New York City. Lynne grew up in Harlem in the 1930s and 1940s. The daughter of Trinidadian longshoreman, John Wilson, she was raised by her mother, Mary Curtis Wilson, a Creole from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lynne began singing as a very small child in Harlem's Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, but she was also interested in secular music and entered numerous amateur talent contests.In 1946, Lynne began her career at age f...

Reading, Bertice, 1933-1991 (person)

Barker, Blue Lou (person)

Bigger, Laura (person)

Loftus, Cecilia (person)

Urline, Capitola (person)

Brooks, Hadda (person)

Bryan, Robert (person)

Robert Bryan of Caernarfon wrote these arrangements at the request of David Thomas, Bangor whilst he was teaching at Rhostryfan between 1905-1909. They were written for Ceiriog's Alun Mabon . From the guide to the Robert Bryan's Melody Arrangements, c. 1905, (Bangor University) ...

Sothern, Ann, 1909-2001 (person)

Born Harriet Lake on Jan. 22, 1909 in Valley City, ND; educated at Univ. of WA; trained as a vocalist by her mother; made her film debut (1929) in small parts then headed for Broadway; returned to films (1933) and played lighthearted heroines in B pictures for Columbia and RKO; moved to MGM (1939) and gained popularity in the series Maisie; started a successful television career (1950s) in her own shows, Private Secretary and later The Ann Sothern show; her numerous film credits include: Lady be...

Bankhead, Tallulah (person)

Actress. From the description of Papers, [ca. 1920]-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155507628 Tallulah (Tallulah Brockman) Bankhead was born 1902 Jan. 31 to William B. and Ada Eugenia Sledge Bankhead in Huntsville, Madison Co., Ala. She attended primary school in Montomery, Ala., while living with her uncle and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Owen. She later attended Convent of the Sacred Heart (N.Y.), 1912-1913; Mary Baldwin Seminary (Va.), 1913; Convent of t...

Williams, Marion (person)

Halop, Billy, 1920-1976 (person)

Escudero, Vicente (person)

Tracy, Arthur, 1899-1997 (person)

Arthur Tracy was born Abba Trascovutsky in Kamenetz-Podolsk in Moldavia on June 25, 1899. His family moved to the United States in 1906. Tracy studied at the Curtis Institute, and then graduated to vaudeville and Yiddish theaters. He toured in Blossom Time and The Student Prince. After the 1929 stock market crisis he worked in nightclubs, variety, even sang black face Mammy songs. He eventually considered his voice a "bari-tenor." William S. Paley offered Tracy a fifteen...

Hines, Gregory (person)

Huntington, Agnes (person)

Clyde, Andy, 1892-1967 (person)

Darling, Erik (person)

Erik Darling was an American songwriter and folk music artist. He was born 25 September 1933 in Baltimore, Md., and grew up in Canandaigua, N.Y. During his teenage and early adult years, Darling became a talented guitar and banjo player. In the 1950s, he formed the Tunetellers with Bob Carey, but soon changed the group's name to the Tarriers. Darling and Carey were seeking a stable third member when a young actor, Alan Arkin, left Los Angeles, Calif., to join their group. In 1956, the Tarriers B...

Shannon, Hugh (person)

Webb, Clifton, Sir, 1899-1962 (person)

Serova, Sonia (person)

Cochran, Charles (person)

Charles Cochran died of exposure after being in the California gold mines for four months. From the description of Autograph diary of Charles Cochran who went to the gold fields of California, 1849 Feb. 3-Aug. 29. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122552022 ...

Guilbert, Yvette, 1865-1944 (person)

French diseuse and folksinger. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : New York, 26 January 1919, to Mrs. Harry Harkness Flagler, 1919 Jan. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270578438 Yvette Guilbert was a French performer and novelist. She trained as an actress, and worked as a model, but won great fame as a diseuse, singing humorous or risque songs with a singular and ingenuous delivery. She successfully toured England, Germany, and America, enjoying imme...

Tracey, Spencer (person)

McNulty, Jennie (person)

Karamazov Brothers (aka: The Flying Karamazov Brothers) (corporateBody)

Dale, Charlie (person)

Collier, William, 1742-1803 (person)

Epithet: journalist and dramatist British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000246.0x0002f5 Epithet: of Add MS 43737 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000246.0x0002f8 Epithet: of Add MS 42963 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000...

The Great Raymond (corporateBody)

Trevor, Claire, 1909-2000 (person)

Robert, Joe (person)

Seven Little Foys (corporateBody)

Lloyd, Alice (person)

R.W. Bacon (person)

Klein, Robert (person)

Robert Klein is a clinical psychologist and was associated with Yeshiva University in New York City. He has written "Community crisis and the intergroup tenstion: a progress report" for the 77th annual APA convention in 1969 and "Growth of identity and its relation to memory: a Piagetian perspective" in 1975. From the guide to the Robert A. Klein papers, 1906-1990, 1983-1986, (Center for the History of Psychology) ...

Feldman, Marty (person)

Maracci, Carmelita, 1911-1987 (person)

American dancer, choreographer, and teacher working in ballet and Spanish dance techniques. From the description of Correspondence, 1947-1978, with Agnes de Mille. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122485987 Carmelita Maracci, a dancer, choreographer and teacher, was born in Goldfield, Nevada, in 1911, the daughter of a French-German mother and a Spanish-Italian father. Her paternal grandmother came from Montevideo, Uruguay; Maracci was told by her ...

Lanchester, Elsa, 1902-1986 (person)

Cagney, James, 1899-1986 (person)

Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of James Cagney : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122573987 Harlan Ware (1902-1967) (whose full name was William Harlan Ware) was born in Lakota, North Dakota, and educated in the public schools of Winnetka, Illinois. He was a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago. He wrote novels, plays, and radio scripts. His best-known scripts are for the radio programs "The B...

Fletcher, Jack (person)

Epithet: Officer in the Marines British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001242.0x00003b ...

O'Brien, Pat (person)

Harper, Leonard (person)

Naughton & Gold (corporateBody)

Williams, Mary Lou, 1910-1981 (person)

Jazz pianist, arranger, and composer in Durham (Durham Co.), N.C. Died May 28, 1981. From the description of Terry Sanford [music manuscript] 1979. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 53905922 ...

Garson, Greer, 1904-1996 (person)

Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was one of the most honored actresses in the history of film, receiving seven nominations from the Motion Picture Academy for "Best Actress" (six in the 1940s) and winning the award in 1942. From the description of Greer Garson collection, 1880-1996 (1935-1993) (Smithton Public Library District). WorldCat record id: 75287613 On September 29, 1904, Greer Garson was born in London to George and Nina Greer Garson. Following her education ...

Janis, Elsie (person)

Elsie Janis (1889-1956) was a performer in musical comedy, vaudeville, and motion pictures, and also a composer and screenwriter. Born Elsie Bierbower in Columbus, Ohio, March 16, 1889, Elsie Janis made her stage debut at the age of eight in THE CHARITY BALL, and quickly rose to popularity in vaudeville as "Little Elsie." She made her Broadway debut in THE VANDERBILT CUP in 1906, and also appeared in THE HOYDEN (1907), THE FAIR CO-ED (1909), THE SLIM PRINCESS (1910) and THE LADY OF THE SLIPPER (...

Arznavour, Charles (person)

Gillette, William (person)

Benson, Irving (person)

Delysia, Alysia (person)

Hershenson, Bruce (person)

MacLaine, Shirley (person)

King Sisters (corporateBody)

Morgan, Helen (person)

Coward, Noël, 1899-1973 (person)

English composer, writer, actor, and producer. From the description of Signature on his visiting card, dated : [n.p., n.d.], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899310 Badger's Green opened Jun. 12, 1930. From the description of Letter [1930] Jun. 20 [London] to Maurice Browne [London] (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34365183 English actor and author. From the description of The Birth of Hope : autograph manuscript signed ...

Hall, Mel (person)

Noble, Venza (person)

Reeves, Alf (person)

The Payton Trio (corporateBody)

Durium dance band (corporateBody)

Western Brothers (corporateBody)

Murray, Mae, 1885-1965 (person)

Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Mae Murray : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122419758 ...

Fanchon & Marco (corporateBody)

Bates, Peg Leg (person)

Wilton, Robb (person)

Robb Wilton, 1881-1957 was a music-hall artist who later became well known as a radio and variety character comedian, especially during the Second World War, with humourous sketches featuring Mr. Muddlecombe. Reference: Busby, R., British Music Hall. An illustrated Who's Who (London. 1976). From the guide to the Papers of Robb Wilton, 1951-1957, (Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick Library) ...

Jackson, Bessie (person)

Suratt, Valeska, 1882-1962 (person)

Goodman, Ace (person)

Bertha Chippie Hill (person)

Moran, Polly, 1883-1952 (person)

James P. Johnson (person)

Hawthorne, Nigel (person)

Born, Coventry 5 April 1929. Educated at Christian Brothers' College, Cape Town, South Africa. Entered theatre professionally, 1950; returned to England, 1951. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of Sir Humphrey Appleby in the BBC comedy Yes [Prime] Minister won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992 he received the Olivier Award for his George III in Alan Bennett's hit stage play The Madness of George III . [For details of stage, film and TV...

Ross and Fenton (corporateBody)

Ailey, Alvin, 1931-1989 (person)

Alvin Ailey (b. Jan. 5, 1931, Rogers, TX–d. Dec. 1, 1989, New York, NY) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recip...

Tsau, Shu-ying (person)

Adams, Samuel Sorenson, 1879-1959 (person)

Las-Cellas, Sarah (person)

Dane, Barbara (person)

Dillingham, Charles (person)

Duncan, Rosetta (person)

Huston, Tony (person)

Edwards, Susie (person)

Pryor, Sam (person)

Cheech & Chong (corporateBody)

The Percelly's (corporateBody)

Kral, Roy (person)

Marshall, Everett (person)

Reardon, John (person)

Preston, Robert (person)

Epithet: of Craigmillar British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000614.0x000283 Epithet: of Preston, county Mid Lothian? British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000614.0x000284 ...

Williams, Al (person)

Hickson, Joan (person)

Epithet: actress British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000499.0x0002ca ...

Rae, Doreen (person)

Tabor, Baby Doe (person)

Munshin, Jules (person)

Downey, Morton (person)

Johnson, Merline (person)

Niessen, Gertrude (person)

Miller, Ann (person)

Epithet: of Little Peckham British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000474.0x0000ad ...

Bowers, Cookie (person)

Johnson, Lonnie, 1952-.... (person)

Jenkins, Allen, 1900-1974 (person)

Aiskowitz, Goodman (person)

Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979 (person)

Actress; interviewee married Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Charles (Buddy) Rogers. From the description of Reminiscences of Mary Pickford : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122419352 Star of the silent screen, Mary Pickford, called America's sweetheart, was perhaps the most famous actress of her day. From the guide to the Mary Pickford scrapbook, 1915-1917, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Divisio...

Ellingstad, Marina (person)

Bergen, Edgar, 1903-1978 (person)

Delmar, Kenny (person)

Farrelli, Kay (person)

Ashcroft, Peggy, 1907-1991 (person)

English actress. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Hampstead, [London], to Denys Blakelock, [1952 Mar. 21]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870222 ...

Wayne, John, 1907-1979 (person)

Movie star. From the description of Oral history interview, 1970 Apr. 29 [sound recording]. (Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division). WorldCat record id: 35774013 Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of John Wayne : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122512951 ...

Edwards, Gus (person)

Postell, Maria (person)

Wiere, Sylvester (person)

Thatcher, Torin, 1905-1981 (person)

Powell, Eleanor, 1912-1982 (person)

Semon, Larry, 1889-1928 (person)

Eddie Foy Jr. (person)

Valliere, Geraldine (person)

Hansel and Gretel (corporateBody)

Hale, Robert, 1937- (person)

Epithet: of Add MS 35637 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001190.0x000110 ...

Napier, Valantyne (person)

Seeger, Penny (person)

Dunne, Irene, 1898-1990 (person)

Cook, Elisha (person)

Hopkins, Miriam, 1902-1972 (person)

Larkins, Ellis (person)

Ward, Aida (person)

Limón, José (person)

Miley, Bubber, 1903-1932 (person)

Smith, Paul Gérard 1894-1968 (person)

Mildred "Dolly" Grey (person)

Dixon, Mary (person)

Epithet: of Herne Bay British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000975.0x000113 ...

Rooney, Julia (person)

Lillie, Beatrice, 1894-1989 (person)

Beatrice Lillie, stage star, was born in Toronto, Canada on May 29, 1894. Her first appearances on stage were in 1914 in Canada and in England in musical revues. She made her Broadway debut in Andre Charlot's Revue of 1924 . Miss Lillie's most notable Broadway performances were in The Seven Lively Arts, Inside U. S. A., Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 and High Spirits . She toured the world in An Evening with Beatrice Lillie from 1952 to 1956. Miss Lillie appeared in films and on television. She marrie...

Fernandel, 1903-1971 (person)

Ito, Michio (person)

Chargé, Lilly (person)

Mantell, Anna (person)

Nicholas, Fayard (person)

Fayard Antonio Nicholas, eldest of the world famous, high-flying tap duo, "The Nicholas Brothers," spent his childhood on the road with his vaudevillian parents. He was born in their hometown of Mobile, Alabama, on October 20, 1914. His Father, Ulysses D. Nicholas, was a drummer and his mother, Viola Harden Nicholas, played piano. The two college educated musicians performed as the Nicholas Collegians or accompanied other acts or silent films. Nicholas' sister, Dorothy was born in 1920; the foll...

Bubbles, John (person)

Farina, Richard (person)

Allison, Mose (person)

Brown, George, 1928- (person)

Epithet: Clerk to Lord Carteret British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000704.0x00020a According to Wythe County, Virginia: a Bicentennial History, George D. Brown served as a deputy county treasurer with W. H. Spiller in 1906. George D. Brown, 17, appears in the 1880 census within the farm home of Rufus and Margaret A. Brown in Wythe County's Black Lick District. County records show that a George D. Brown and Martha ...

The Vents (corporateBody)

Cage, John, 1912-1992 (person)

John Cage was born in Los Angeles in 1912. He studied composition with Richard Buhlig, Henry Cowell, Adolph Weiss, and Arnold Schoenberg. In 1938 he began working as an accompanist for dance and a teacher at the Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. It was here that he first met the dancer Merce Cunningham, with whom he would have a lifelong working relationship. Together they were responsible for a number of radical innovations in musical and choreographic compositions, such as the...

Borge, Victor (person)

Kral, Irene (person)

Roach, Hal (person)

King, Teddi (person)

Paris, Jackie (person)

Forrest, Helen (person)

Vardon & Perry (corporateBody)

Draper, Ruth, 1884-1956 (person)

Ruth Draper was a monologist, based in New York City. From the description of Ruth Draper Collection. 1913-1956. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 476263868 American actress. From the description of Autograph letter in the third person, dated : [n.p.], 22 February [1910?], to [Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harkness Flagler], [1910?] Feb. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270565965 From the description of Autograph letter signed : 35 Montpelier Square, Ken...

Duo Arnedis (corporateBody)

Homolka, Oscar (person)

Richard Talmadge (photocopy) (person)

Stewart, Slam (person)

Mercer, Mabel, 1900-1984 (person)

Singer, song stylist, nightclub entertainer. From the description of Mabel Mercer collection, 1932-1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122486173 From the guide to the Mabel Mercer collection, 1932-1980, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.) Singer, song sylist, nightclub entertainer. From the description of Mabel Mercer papers, 1932-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record i...

Moran, George Clarence, 1893-1957 (person)

George Clarence Moran (b. Aug. 21, 1891-d. Feb. 25, 1957), also known as Bugs Moran, was a Chicago Prohibition-era gangster. From the description of Moran, George Clarence, 1893-1957 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10599835 ...

Scheerer, Robert (person)

Walker, Red (person)

Austin, Lovie (person)

Makishi, Stacy (person)

Foy, Eddie (person)

Clinton, Walter (person)

Grey & Byron (corporateBody)

Osterwald, Bibi, 1920-2002 (person)

Laemmle, Carl (person)

Green, Mitzi, 1920-1969 (person)

Savo, Jimmy (person)

Koestler, Arthur, 1905-1983 (person)

Epithet: author British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000386.0x0001d3 ...

Seeger, Mike, 1933-2009 (person)

Anglo-American early country musician Ernest V. Stoneman of Virginia; fiddler Charlie Bowman, originally from Tennessee; guitarist Sam McGee of Franklin, Tenn.; early country and cowboy musician Edward L. Crain of Texas; banjo player Doc Walsh, member of the Carolina Tar Heels; harmonica player Garley Foster; fiddler Alonza Elvis ("Tony") Alderman of Virginia; arranger Irene Spain; talent scout Polk Brockman; early country musician Wilber Ball of Kentucky; Blake Gardner and Bill Knapke; early co...