M. Alison Kibler

M. Alison Kibler is assistant professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. She is the author of Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville (1999) and is currently working on “Paddy, Shylock and Sambo: Irish, Jewish and African American Protests against Mass Culture, 1890–1930.”

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Louise Dresser

Louise Dresser was a celebrated singer in vaudeville and musical comedy, as well as a star in early motion pictures. She adopted the stage name of Louise Dresser after the songwriter Paul Dresser, an acquaintance of her father, encouraged her to use his name as a strategy for her to gain greater recognition on stage. This ruse, along with several of Paul Dresser’s famous songs, indeed improved Dresser’s drawing power in vaudeville, and she was often believed to be the sister both of Paul Dresser and novelist Theodore Dreiser (Paul Dresser’s brother). Known largely for her rendition of Paul Dresser’s song “My Gal Sal,” she also sang his “On the Banks of the Wabash.”

Nora Bayes

Nora Bayes was an international singing star in vaudeville and musical comedy during the first twenty-five years of the twentieth century. Known as a willful and temperamental star, Bayes relied on her own charisma and popularity as she resisted managerial control and ignored the details of legal contracts.

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