Frances White (M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I)

Diminutive and child-like, Frances White (born today in 1896) is best known for her coy rendition of the song represented above. A Seattle native, she was a chorus girl in San Francisco when she teamed up with William Rock of Rock and Fulton. By the mid teens they were stars of big time and Broadway revues. White was the favorite with audiences however; by 1919 she split with Rock and went on her own. For a time, she was married to Frank Fay; in 1922 she was spoken of in connection with film star Raymond McKee. She retired from show business in 1932 and lived another 37 years.

The attached clip may demonstrate why her day in the sun was so short:

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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