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Mabel Fenton

Mabel Fenton (1868-1931),
American burlesque actress

(photo: unknown, USA, circa 1900)

Footlight Notes no. 538

for the week ending
12 January 2008

Read about Kurt Gänzl's latest biography, EMILY SOLDENE: IN SEARCH OF A SINGER, which has just been published. This long-awaited and detailed study of a fascinating Victorian theatrical celebrity and her contemporaries includes almost 700 illustrations. (This page is best viewed in Internet Explorer.)

Home - FOOTLIGHT NOTES, images of theatre and other popular entertainment, 1850s-1920s - song sheet cover for the song 'Hawaiian Butterfly,' sung by Teddie Gerard in Andre Charlot's successful 'musical entertainment,' Bubbly, Comedy Theatre, London, 5 May 1917

Celebrity of the Week - Muriel Brandt (1876/77?-1922), American actress

Postcard of the week - Paul A. Rubens (1875-1917), English librettist and lyricist

Cigarette Card of the week - Baroness Blanc (1864? - after 1943), American burlesque actress and celebrity

Minor Player / Variety Act of the week - Juliette Lotty (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century), French poses plastique artist

Press Clippings of the week - Georgia Lawrence in Little Miss Nevada and Adelaide Fitz-Allan in Sweethearts, at the Savoy Theatre, Lowell, Massachusetts, Marcy 1897 / The Bertha Waltzinger Company at Foster's Opera House, Des Moines, Iowa, May 1897 / Details of the bill at Keith's vaudeville theatre, Syracuse, for the week beginning, Monday, 19 December 1921, including Clayton White and Grace Leigh in Cherie, and Bob Pender's Troupe of pantomimists and knockabout comedians

A selection of Footlight Notes handmade greetings cards for you to buy.

'Just to let you know the cards arrived safely this morning.
Frankly they are delightful and even finer than I thought they would be . . .
They are so good I hardly like to use them!' - Tim Taylor

G.H. Elliott

G.H. Elliott (1884-1962)
English music hall comedian,
billed as
'The Chocolate Coloured Coon'
(photo: Dobson, Liverpool, circa 1917)

Sound file (2.6 mb) - G.H. Elliott sings 'Mississippi Honeymoon,' written and composed by John P. Long (Zonophone 2295, ma Yy-2162, recorded Hayes, Middlesex, near London, 17 November 1922)

More celebrity recordings from the Footlight Notes Collection, including Norah Bayes, Lee White and Clay Smith, Elsie Janis and Basil Hallam, J.W. Rickaby, Jay Laurier, Blanche Ring, Bonita and Lew Hearn, Dorothy Dickson, Odette Myrtil, John Steel and more.

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