Stars of Vaudeville #159: Harry Fox
Today is the birthday of Harry Fox, vaudeville song and dance man, and purported inventor in 1914 of the dance known as the Fox Trot. His real name was Arthur Carringford; he is said to have named himself his ancestor, the famous clown George L. Fox. For a short time, he was married to serial monogamist Jenny Dolly of the Dolly Sisters and the two were briefly united as a vaudeville team. After a tentative career in silent films and talkies, Fox lapsed into obscurity. He passed away in 1959.
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