- Melissa Vickery-Bareford
Foy, Eddie (09 March 1856–16 February 1928), comedian, was born Edwin Fitzgerald in Greenwich Village, New York, the son of Richard Fitzgerald, a tailor, and Ellen Hennessy. Foy began his theatrical career at the age of eight busking on the sidewalks of Greenwich Village when his bootblacking business was slow. A fiddler noticed him one day and the two began to perform on the streets or in bars—anywhere that would allow them. As a youngster Foy spent hours hanging around the stage doors of local theaters watching performers in Emerson’s or Manning’s minstrel shows, learning the bits, dances, and songs of popular entertainment....