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Anna Hana, American vaudeville comedienne and singer

January 28, 2015

Anna Hana (active 1912-1935), American vaudeville comedienne and singer. She was married to the American comic juggler, ‘The Great Wieland.
(postcard photo: Relph & Co, photographers, 130A Church Street, Preston, Lancashire, England, circa 1913)

‘RICKARDS’ VAUDEVILLE REOPENS TO-NIGHT.
‘Rickards’ vaudeville will re-open in Perth to-night at the Tivoli Theatre… . Anna Hana, is announces as a ”charming American girl,” but she is something more than that – she is a very accomplished artist, and has won high encomiums in the Eastern States.’
(The Daily News, Perth, Western Australia, Saturday, 7 November 1914, p. 9b)

‘If Clothes Make the Man now much more do they make the woman, especially the vaudeville artist? Everybody recognises that, and the majority of vaudeville performers nowadays strive to excel in dress. Miss Anna Hana is one who pays great attention to her gowns. They are never out of her mind, and whenever she travels they are her one and only thought. It is remarkable, she said the other evening at the Tivoli Theatre [Perth], when discussing the matter, ow easily a box containing the most important part of the wardrobe can get astray. In South Africa, on her way to Australia, she had a narrow escape of losing all her baggage, and her life also. She was travelling from Johannesburg to Cape-town, when the rear end of the train when over an embankment at Hex River. The carriages which were derailed contained soldiers going to the front, and seventeen were killed and fifty-seven injured. Luckily for Miss Hana, she was in the front of the train with her luggage.’
(The Daily News, Perth, Western Australia, Friday, 13 November 1914, p. 7a)

‘One of the most popular artists who ever went over to London from the United States was Anna Hana, who is now at the Tivoli Theatre [Sydney]. Although born in Chicago, she is of English parentage, and spent most of her girlhood in England. She developed into a vaudeville star in America. Four years ago she went to London to fulfil an engagement made some time before, and had the good luck to strike the world’s metropolis at the time when ragtime was just beginning to boom. She was practically the first woman to introduce the syncopated melodies to London, and she immediately caught on.’
(The Sunday Times, Sydney, New South Wales, Sunday, 6 December 1914, p. 6e)

‘The Great Wieland, American comic juggler, and his wife, Anna Hana, comedienne, are sailing for South Africa to be gone nearly a year.’
(The Vaudeville News, New York, Saturday, 3 February 1923, p. 10a)

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