10. Irene Franklin and Fifi d’Orsay – The Red Head Rag and the Parisian who never say Paree’

This week: Irene Franklin was a one-woman vaudeville institution by the time she was a teenager. Like many vaudevillians she had a rough start – but her career included acting, comedy, songwriting, script writing – and from tragedy to stardom when she was known the world over as “Red Head”. After marrying pianist Burton Green they commanded top billing on vaudeville stages everywhere.

Canadian star Fifi D’Orsay learned the ropes of vaudeville and show business when working with Gallagher and Shean. As you’ll hear, the mentorship took on a whole new meaning. At an audition in New York she decided that her French Canadian accent wasn’t exotic enough, so she told the director that she was fresh from Paree where she was staring in the Follies Bergere. It worked and before long she was a Ziegfeld Follies star.

Also on this show: Groucho Marx, Maurice Chevalier, and more!

IRENE FRANKLIN

IRENE FRANKLIN with BURTON GREEN


FIFI D’ORSAY – CANADIAN VAUDEVILLIAN STAR

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