Ukrainian born Sophie Tucker (1887-1966, real name Sonya Kalish) was perhaps the greatest female star in vaudeville and she remained a household word for more than 50 years due to her remarkable ability to continually re-invent herself and make herself relevant and hip to several generations of audiences.
Emma Carus (March 18, 1879 Berlin, Germany - November 18, 1927, Venice, California) was the daughter of an opera singer and a classical music concert manager, although very little is certain about her early life. As a child in Berlin, she had voice training and remained with her family for some years, no doubt learning to speak German and speaking English with a slight accent. The family emigrated to America probably due to difficulty getting work and Emma began working in a hotel where she also sang. Songwriter Monroe H.
Annette Hanshaw (Manhattan, October 18, 1901 – Manhattan, March 13, 1985) was born Catherine Annette Hanshaw. A number of her family members were in vaudeville and she was brought up to love the entertainment business although she studied art and design and wanted to be an artist and portrait painter. She was an exceptionally beautiful girl and had a lovely singing voice that came across wonderfully clearly over the radio and on records at the local stations she would sing for.
The University of Arizona is pleased to house the lifetime collection of personal memorabilia of singer/actress/television star Jill Corey and that of her major league baseball star husband Don Hoak, former all-star third baseman.
This Pennsylvania Native became a regular on television's Your Hit Parade, had her own The Jill Corey Show over CBS-tv, and was a regular on an early Johnny Carson Show after being discovered by Columbia Records as a talented singer at age 17. She also became an actress in film, television and theater. Later in life she starred on Broadway in a second career of musical theatre following the untimely death of her former baseball star husband.
This collection contains magazines, newspapers, sheet music, photographs, DVDs, CDs, records, and other documents relating to the life of Jill Corey. The inclusive dates for this collection are circa 1950s through 2000s. The collection includes materials spanning Jill Corey’s first and second careers. Publicity materials, photographs, posters, and audio/visual material from records and movies can be found in the collection as well.
Martha Meldania Boswell (1905 - 1958), Constance (Connee) Foore Boswell (1907 - 1976) and Helvetia George Boswell (1911 - 1988) were musicians and music-loving amateurs who performed as a sister act for friends in New Orleans. The family was from Kansas City but moved early on to Louisiana. After winning an amateur contest they were picked up by WSMB radio in New Orleans, then on radio in Los Angeles in 1929 and 1930 and finally with NBC in New York on a program called Pleasure Hour.
If Al Jolson was the king of vaudeville then Sophie Tucker (born Sonya Kalish, January 13, 1887 – February 9, 1966) was the reigning queen with a career that spanned six decades. The university collection contains a scarf belonging to Sophie, one of many she would give out as gifts to serious fans and admirers. There is also an extensive sheet music collection, for Sophie probably appears on more sheet music than any other female performer of the 1910s and 1920s, her golden era.
What Ziegfeld did for Anna Held, the Shubert Brothers did five years later for Gaby Deslys. They made her famous in America before she first arrived from Paris and set foot on an American stage. Gaby Deslys was a willing partner in her exploitation.
Unknown in America, always and to this very day, Evelyn Dall (January 8, 1918 Bronx, New York – March 10, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona) became a mega-star in England during World War II. Born in the Bronx as Evelyn Mildred Fuss and the daughter of a poorly paid postal clerk, she left school at age 15 to try her luck in American vaudeville in a knockabout threesome called The Sidesplitting Funsters in which she was whirled about like a rag doll and beaten up in the slapstick routine and was forced to quit. Despite being only 16 she lied about her age to join the Billy Rose Revue at the Casino d
Blanche Ring (Boston, April 24, 1871 – Hollywood, January 13, 1961) was an early star of vaudeville and one of the most important early stars of Broadway musicals. When her superstar career dimmed in the 1920s she took on character roles in Hollywood movies.
Marion Harris (April 4, 1896? – April 23, 1944) became famous as a white vaudeville singer and recording artist who was influenced by contemporary black jazz and often did numbers in a certain “Negro Style” as it was termed which helped to usher in the Jazz Age across America. For several decades beginning around 1915 and continuing well into the 1920s she was a seminal force in American popular music.