Stars of Vaudeville # 631: The Watson Sisters
A Comedy Sister Act.
Kitty (1886-1967) and Fanny (1885-1970) Watson were both a sister act and a comedy duo, maybe the first such act I have come across in reading about thousands of acts, which is very odd if you think about it. They began as a children with a singing act in old style variety, and then evolved into laughmakers, first in burlesque (old style) and then by the teens, vaudeville. The eventually became headliners on the big time Keith Circuit, playing the Palace by 1915, playing a Royal Command performance in London in 1927, and keeping a hand in the biz at least until 1949. They also made a handful of talking movie shorts in the early 1930s, such as this 1933 Fleischer Screen Song Boilesk:
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