Walter Lambert (Lydia Dreams)

This gender bending performer is one we are presenting in a series to celebrate NYC Pride Week.

Walter H. Lambert (1869-1949) was a British female impersonator and ventriloquist whose most famous act was called “Lydia Dreams”. His usual turf was the music hall in his home country, but he did come for a tour of U.S. vaudeville in 1906.

He was also a talented painter, and got quite a lot of publicity in 1903 for a large painting he did of himself and 225 other music hall performers. You can actually see that painting (in puzzle form) right here:

To find out 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.


And check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from etc etc etc



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  1. […] Walter H. Lambert was a British ventriloquist and female impersonator whose famous early 20th century vaudeville routine was a hospital skit in which his female character “Lydia Dreams” played a nurse, and his figure played an accident victim.  He was also an accomplished painter, famous for his 1903 large-scale painting of 225 Edwardian music-hall performers you can see here  (via) […]


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