Annette Kellerman, Neptune’s Daughter
Today is the birthday of Australian swimmer, vaudeville performer and film actress Annette Kellerman. The clip above is from her 1914 silent film Neptune’s Daughter and includes many cool mermaid effects. The tantalizingly promised “Mermaidfx.com” appears not to exist, HOWEVER if you go to Mermaidfx’s Youtube page, you will find many other cool mermaid scenes from films. Inspiration for next year’s Mermaid Parade!
To find out more about 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.
And check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc