Minor Player / Variety Act for the week ending
Saturday, 18 October 2008

Margaret Sousa (fl. 1920s),
American singer and dancer

Margaret Sousa

Margaret Sousa

(photo: unknown, probably 1923)

'Miss Margaret Sousa, a granddaughter of the noted composer-conductor, John Philip Sousa, will appear in the American Legion film, Lest We Forget. The picture depicts the efforts of the legion to obtain justice for disables veterans of the world war and employment for those who escaped injury.'
(The Sandusky Star Journal, Sandusky, Ohio, 30 May 1921, p. 7e/f)

Miss Sousa appeared in two editions of Elsie Janis and Her Gang, the first of which, produced at George M. Cohan's Theatre, New York (1 December 1919) found her in the part of The Ambulance Service Girl; the second was produced at the Gaiety Theatre, New York (16 January 1922). The following year, on 27 January, she was in the cast of Jean Bedini's 'Jazzaganza,' You'd Be Surprised at Covent Garden, in which, suitably attired as a cowboy, she sang 'Cow Boy Bill' by William K. Wells, with music by Mel. Morris.' According to one report of this piece, she 'smiles, dances, sings and looks generally adorable' (The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, Sunday, 1 March 1923, p. 12)

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