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Minnie Cunningham

May 9, 2013

Minnie Cunningham (1870-1954), English music hall singer and dancer, ‘Provincial pet. London’s pride’
(photo: unknown, circa 1905)

‘Miss Minnie Cunningham.
‘Melodious Minnie. Pretty and Pleasing. Is the daughter. Of someone, naturally. Ned Cunningham. Who could sing. And dance. When he died. Daughter went on Halls. Age jut 10. Started Museum, Birmingham. As a male impersonator. Singing the dad’s songs. Played in several pantos. Then in the “smalls.” Low salary. Lots of fun. First appearance. Middlesex in 1886. Was afraid of London. Shy little girl! Not so timid now. Started with lively song. About Tottie, the Nobleman’s Daughter. Tottie was a frost. Soon disappeared. But “try, try, try again.” With a character ballad. “The Hurdy-Gurdy Girl.” Girl did well. Big success. Miss Cunningham likes pantomime. Never had a lesson in dancing. Bred in her. Greatest success. “Give us a wag of your tail, old dog.” Old song revived. Provincial pet. London’s pride. Deserves all her success. So long!’
(The Variety Theatre, London, Friday, 19 May 1905, p.19a)

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