Today being the official day to celebrate romance, I thought it might be fitting to tip a hat to some of vaudeville’s great couples. There are just a handful of famous, long-lasting relationship success stories in vaudeville. Show business being what it is, this entire blog is chock full of stories of brief and/ or failed marriages and relationships, and even briefer celebrity hook-ups. These people tended to marry their careers.
But vaudeville does have its legendary romances (just follow the link on the couple’s name for more info). Among them: Harry and Bess Houdini, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Vernon and Irene Castle (pictured above), Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone, Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields. Honorary mention goes to Eddie Cantor and his wife Ida (who didn’t perform with him, but he talked about her all the time), and, what the hell, let’s throw in Bert Savoy and Jay Brennan.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
To find out more about these variety artists and the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.