1-9 of 9 results  for:

  • radio performer x
  • Sex: Female x
Clear all

Image

Fanny Brice. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-101799).

Article

Brice, Fanny (29 October 1891–29 May 1951), comedienne and singer, was born Fania Borach in New York City, the daughter of Charles Borach, a bartender, and Rose Stern. The third of four children, all born on New York’s Lower East Side, she was raised in a Newark, New Jersey, middle-class home complete with household servants and material comforts. Her parents separated in 1902, and Rose moved the family to St. Marks Place in Brooklyn, New York, where Fanny got the remnants of her formal education at public schools....

Image

Bebe Daniels. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-106959).

Article

Daniels, Bebe (14 January 1901–16 March 1971), entertainer, was born Phyllis Bebe Daniels in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Danny Daniels (Melville Daniel MacMeal), the actor-manager of a traveling stock theater company, and Phyllis Griffin, his leading lady. From birth Daniels was called “Bebe,” which means baby in Spanish, reflecting her mother’s Spanish ancestry. Daniels first appeared onstage when she was only ten weeks old, and she performed in her first Shakespearean production at the age of four. After her father left the family around 1907–1908, Daniels’s mother took her to Los Angeles, California. She played child roles onstage until a new labor law was passed. In 1910 she made her silent film debut in ...

Article

Dragonette, Jessica (14 February 1905?–18 March 1980), popular soprano of the radio, was born in Calcutta, India, the daughter of parents about whom little is known. Orphaned early in life, Dragonette was brought to the United States at the age of six; throughout her childhood she was placed in various institutions operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic church. She completed her compulsory education at the Philadelphia (Pa.) Catholic High School and later matriculated at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey, where she studied languages and religion. The cloistered environment of this school, part of which housed a convent, played a major role in shaping Dragonette’s personality, which—even at the height of her celebrity—was one of introspection and humility. Her lifelong devotion to the Roman Catholic faith may be traced to these formative years spent among the sisters of the convent, many of whom provided Dragonette with the foundations that enabled her to realize her goal of becoming a concert singer....

Article

Faye, Alice (05 May 1915–09 May 1998), singing actress, was born Alice Jeanne Leppert in New York to Charley Leppert, a policeman, and his wife Alice Moffat Leppert. Educated in New York schools and lying about her age, she began her professional career in 1928 as a dancer for the Chester Hale Troupe and the night-club entrepreneur Nils Thor Granlund. Faye (who legally changed her name in 1935) was a chorine in the eleventh ...

Image

Alice Faye. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Article

Shore, Dinah (01 March 1917–24 February 1994), singer and television show host, was born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee, the daughter of Solomon A. Shore, a dry goods merchant, and Anna Stein. Shore made her singing debut at the age of fourteen in a Nashville nightclub and her first radio performance on Nashville’s radio station WSM while a sophomore at Vanderbilt University. After graduating in 1938 with a degree in sociology, she moved to New York City....

Article

Smith, Kate (01 May 1907–17 June 1986), singer and radio and television personality, was born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith in Washington, D.C., the daughter of William Smith, a news dealer, and Charlotte Yarnell Hanby. Singing and dancing as a youngster, she won many amateur contests even before she was in high school. She graduated from Business High School in Washington in 1923. She attended the George Washington School of Nursing for nine months before deciding to be an entertainer....