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Freak Baby and the Paper City

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides Eva Tanguay's family background with a particular focus on Eva's birth, as well as her family's move to Holyoke, the so-called “Paper City.” The vaudeville's father, Joseph ... More


Death and Other Endings

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter recounts how Eva Tanguay suffered from various ailments that eventually led to her death. By 1932, medical reports state that she was “nearly blind” due to a “combination of diseases.” ... More


The Cyclonic Comedienne; or, Genius Properly Advertised

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses Eva Tanguay's casting in the musical comedy, A Good Fellow. She played Dolly Sevier, a city gal who weds secretly without telling her aunt Prudence. Even though she performed ... More


Rivals, Imitators, and Censors

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter narrates how Eva Tanguay struggled to maintain her personal and professional equilibrium as her fame grew in the wake of Salome. She would try to push herself to the limit—physically and ... More


Men and Other Travails

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes Eva Tanguay's relationship with a mysterious suitor, the so-called Wanderer. Eva's love affair with the man was a dizzying detour from her usual love-'em-and-leave-'em routine. ... More


Mrs. John Ford

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes Eva Tanguay's misery in her marriage with Johnny Ford—a clog-dancing vaudevillian from a theatrical family in Covington, Kentucky. Three days after the wedding, Eva was already ... More


Knockdowns and Comebacks … and Knockdowns

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes the career of Eva Tanguay between 1922 and 1928 when motion picture producers were merging with theater chains to form vertically integrated companies that could regularly ... More


The Sambo Girl in New York

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter narrates how Eva Tanguay moved up the professional ladder from itinerant performer to supporting player. In the Broadway show, My Lady, Eva considered each of her fellow chorus as ... More


Follies and Fortunes

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter recounts Eva Tanguay's casting in Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.'s Follies. Florenz made sure that in addition to a sumptuous salary, the play would reflect Eva's personality, from its song ... More


Riding Salome to the Top

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes Eva Tanguay's involvement in Salome dancing—a dance performance that centers on the story of King Herod's daughter, Salome, who danced the Dance of the Seven Veils in return ... More


The Wild Girl

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses Eva Tanguay's first and only feature movie, The Wild Girl, which was released in October 1917 by Selznick Pictures and produced by Harry Weber, one of Eva's theatrical agents. ... More


The Most Famous Performer in America

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter describes the extent of Eva Tanguay's popularity from 1908 to 1918. At that time, she was considered the jewel in the crown of a mass-market brand of entertainment. From the ... More


Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Andrew L. Erdman

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In her day, Eva Tanguay (1879–1947) was one of the most famous women in America. She established herself as a vaudeville and musical comedy star in 1901 and at the height of a long career, that ... More


Introduction: May and Me

Sharon Ammen

in May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040658
eISBN:
9780252099090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040658.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

The author, through anecdote and personal history as a professional performer, reveals how she discovered May Irwin. Although Irwin was a major star in vaudeville and musical farce from 1890-1920, ... More


Ziegfeld and the Millionaire 1908–1911

Michael G. Ankerich

in Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136905
eISBN:
9780813141381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136905.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The chapter examines Mae Murray’s reluctance to associate herself with Florenz Ziegfeld, who gave her a break and furthered her career in musical comedy. The chapter examines her work in the Follies ... More


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