Daphne Pollard: The Future Mrs. Hardy

Daphne Pollard (born Daphne Trott today in 1892) is best known as a recognizable (if tiny) figure from the Hal Roach stock company, including several Laurel and Hardy films (as Mrs. Hardy).

While she resembles a midget she was actually just very small (about five feet tall). Indeed her small size was how she got her start in show business, beginning her career  in her native Australia with the Pollard Lilliputian Opera Company in 1898. (Many members of this company changed their last name to Pollard, including Snub Pollard, thus giving rise to the popular misconception that the two were brother and sister).

She moved to the U.S. in 1907 and appeared in vaudeville and Broadway shows through the mid-twenties. In 1927, she went to work for Mack Sennett as a screen comedienne, but jumped ship to Roach shortly thereafter. Her last credited role is in the 1943 East Side Kids movie Kid Dynamite. She passed away in 1978.

Now here she is co-starring with Shemp Howard in Smoked Hams (1934), one of three Vitaphones they made together as a team:

 [http://www.veoh.com/watch/v6596946mGBBnsMS]

To find out more about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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