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Charley Grapewin...Uncle Henry

Charley Ellsworth Grapewin (December 1869 – February was an American vaudeville performer and a stage and film actor, who portrayed Uncle Henry in MGM's The Wizard of Oz and Grandpa Joad in the film The Grapes of Wrath

Edward Franklin Albee (1857–1930) was a vaudeville impresario, & the adoptive grandfather of Edward Franklin Albee, the playwright. He toured with P. T. Barnum as a ticket collector, then in 1885 he partnered with Benjamin Franklin Keith in operating the Bijou Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Albee gradually took managerial control of Keith's theatrical circuit. They were the first to introduce moving pictures in the United States.

Edward Franklin Albee (1857–1930) was a vaudeville impresario, & the adoptive grandfather of Edward Franklin Albee, the playwright. He toured with P. T. Barnum as a ticket collector, then in 1885 he partnered with Benjamin Franklin Keith in operating the Bijou Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Albee gradually took managerial control of Keith's theatrical circuit. They were the first to introduce moving pictures in the United States.

Vaudeville was made of comedians, singers, plate-spinners, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, acrobats, animal trainers, and anyone who could keep an audience’s interest for more than three minutes. Beginning in the 1880s and through the 1920s, vaudeville was home to more than 25,000 performers, and was the most popular form of entertainment in America. From the local small-town stage to New York’s Palace Theater, vaudeville was an essential part of every community.

Vaudeville

American Masters: Vaudeville in America. All the early movie stars learned their trade on the boards.

studio portrait shows vaudeville performer, Kate Rickards, costumed as Tootsie Sloper, the principal female character in The Land Lubber: a Nautical Nightmare, a farcical comedy written especially for Rickards by Garnet Walch.

studio portrait shows vaudeville performer, Kate Rickards, costumed as Tootsie Sloper, the principal female character in The Land Lubber: a Nautical Nightmare, a farcical comedy written especially for Rickards by Garnet Walch.

Pip

Great Expectations at Vaudeville Theatre

Shaw & Lee Vaudeville Legends (1949)--  a little synchronized choreography in pairs perhaps?

Shaw & Lee Vaudeville Legends a little synchronized choreography in pairs perhaps?

Clara Blandick (Dorothy's Auntie Em in THE WIZARD OF OZ) beat out actresses Sarah Padden, May Robson and Janet Beecher, for the role of Auntie Em. Dorothy’s Auntie Em and Uncle Henry were the only characters from the opening scenes of the movie to not have alter egos in Oz. An established supporting actress, Blandick earned $750 per week for her work as Auntie Em.

Clara Blandick Born Clara Blanchard Dickey June 1876 Hong Kong Died April 1962 (aged Hollywood, California, U. Cause of death Suicide

Desordenaré las lluvias.: Pujar

CIRCUS: Early Vaudeville and circus photos from the collection of Bob Bragman. This shot is of the Aerial Benos Family. via SFGate

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