Eddie Foy: A Biography of the Early Popular Stage Comedian

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McFarland, Oct 1, 1999 - Performing Arts - 268 pages
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Just a century ago Eddie Foy was the consummate stage comedian. A versatile performer, Foy contributed to the development of popular theater from the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties, from poverty-inspired Irish two-acts to lavish musical comedies. This first-ever biography of Foy tells the story of his indigent childhood in New York's Bowery and in Chicago, his tough uphill climb as a "variety artist" at Western outposts, his success in vaudeville and Broadway, and his arrival as a national icon with the Seven Little Foys. Foy's career mirrored the growth of popular theater entertainment in America. Exhaustively researched, this work contains many rare personal photographs from the Foy family archives.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1
9
CHAPTER 2
21
CHAPTER 3
33
CHAPTER 4
49
CHAPTER 5
59
CHAPTER 6
71
CHAPTER 7
87
CHAPTER 11
146
CHAPTER 12
156
CHAPTER 13
173
CHAPTER 14
194
CHAPTER 15
211
CHAPTER 16
229
Performance Chronology
239
Notes
247

CHAPTER 8
101
CHAPTER 9
117
CHAPTER 10
132
Selected Bibliography and Source Material
251
Index
255
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

The late Armond Fields was a social historian specializing in American popular theater. The author of numerous books about vaudeville and other early theater figures, he lived in Culver City, California.

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