Naro and Zita Lockford: French Adagio Act

Naro and Zita Lockford were a French brother-sister adagio act who came over to the U.S. in the early 20s from the Folies Bergere. In 1922 the two appeared in the Broadway show The Rose of Stamboul, and for at least the next four years they were a big time vaudeville staple. In 1928, Naro was telling the papers that Zita has retired and returned to France. He soldiered on with larger, more elaborate acts, at least until midway through the 1930s.

To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.


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