Posts Tagged ‘Ella Shields’


Jenny Golder at the Apollo music hall, Rome

April 21, 2014

programme cover for the Apollo music hall, Rome, undated, circa 1924, when Jenny Golder (1893?-1928), Australian-born English variety theatre dancer and singer, headed the bill with her song, ‘Éléonore!’ following her appearances at the Folies Bérgère, Paris.

The popular Apollo music hall in Rome suffered a catastrophic fire caused by an electrical short circuit in December 1926. Four actresses were caught in their dressing rooms and burnt to death.

Jenny Golder‘s real name was Rosie Sloman. According to information given for the 1901 United Kingdom Census (36 Claremont Road, Tunbridge Wells, where she was boarding), she was then 8 years old and born in Australia. In 1910/11 she and Joseph Bowden (whom she married in 1914) toured United Kingdom music halls with a song and dance scena. In 1913, under her own name, she appeared as a dancer in two short films: The Cowboy Twist and The Spanish-American Quickstep; in the latter she was accompanied by Harry Perry. Miss Golder’s career began to flourish in the early 1920s when she went to Paris, where she made several recordings.

‘Jenny Golder, an English girl, with a French reputation, looks a good bet for America. But when an artiste can do low comedy a la Marie Lloyd; step dance like Ida May Chadwick, and give Ella Shields and Hetty King a run for their money as a male impersonator, she is not to be blamed for looking forward to starring with Harry Pilcer at the Palace, Paris, in August.’
(The Vaudeville News and New York Star, New York, Friday, 2 July 1926, p. 8a)

Jenny Golder committed suicide at her flat in the Rue Desaix, Paris, on 11 July 1928, by shooting herself through the heart.

Jenny Golder’s sister, Muriel M. Sloman, a quick-change artist known on the music hall stage as Myra Glen, was married in 1944 to Joseph H. Black and died in October 1971.


The Vedmars on tour in the United States with Watson’s Americans burlesque company, March 1903

January 10, 2013

The Vedmars (fl. early 20th Century), comedy acrobats
(photo: unknown, circa 1905)

The Vedmars on tour in the United States with Watson’s Americans burlesque company, March 1903
‘Watson’s Americans, which will be the attraction at the Gaiety for the first three days of next week, is one of the largest and oldest burlesque companies on the road. The management have spared neither time nor money to get the best talent in the profession this season. This large organization consists of 35 people. The company is headed by the versatile artists, Jeanette Dupre and W.B. Watson. Among the other artists are ”Selbini,” the phenomenal trick cyclist and juggler. This act alone is well worth the price you pay for admission. The Vedmars are direct from the music halls of London, which is a sufficient guarantee of their worth. Ella Shields, the phenomenal baritone; West and Williams, Hayman and Hayman, Batchellor Sisters, Burke and Raymond, and many others. Mr. Watson is producing the farce of Levy in Japan by request of different managers. This farce was a howling success last season. It introduces all members of the company.’
(The Albany Evening Journal, Albany, New York, Saturday, 21 March 1903, p. 6g)

‘The name sounds Hindoo, but the pose is Greek. The Vedmars, Renee and Bert, are, needless to say, lights of the vaudeville stage. There ”stunt” has a few original touches in it and is worth staying for, even if it’s after a musical act.’
(The Standard and Vanity Fair, New York, Friday, 16 February 1906, [p. 4])