May Howard (ca. 1860-1925) was a star of early burlesque. After becoming popular with several of the major burlesque companies of her day, she headed her own, which competed with Billy “Beef Trust” Watson’s by sporting the largest lasses, 150-2oo lbs. In her later years, she performed in a number of Broadway farces and revues, including the Ziegfeld Follies. She was married briefly to the songwriter Paul Dresser.
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