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Teri Pierce said:April 23, 2015 1:21 pm PST
Just saw one of your photo's Barto and Mann.. that would be Dewey Barto who was Nancy Walker's father!
Teri Pierce said:April 23, 2015 1:19 pm PST
My dad managed the Paramount Theater in Hollywood for F&M for a few years. He was a vaudevillian himself and when he had to move back to LA to take care of me he got this job. He formerly worked for Larry Lux out of Chicago and managed Donald O'Connor, Jack E. Leonard and Hoagie Carmichael.
Chris Wolf said:April 18, 2015 3:36 pm PST
I'm the grandson of Rube Wolf and I think this is great. Of course I being born in 1955 I never saw them on stage but have many fond memories of growing up with both the Wolf(f) and Simon kids (my 1st cousins). Many thanks to the Huntington Library for this work.
Jane Wooster said:May 12, 2014 8:12 am PST
My aunt Olive Reynolds was born in 1910 and passed away in 2012. She was from Long Beach and she toured with F and M for several years starting when she was 18. Later she taught at one of their schools, in St. Louis I believe.
Judy Gartman said:May 2, 2014 9:26 am PST
My mother danced with Fanchon & Marco in the early 30's. I have many glossy photos of various numbers and sad to say, I threw away many more. Some were duplicates or had people in them I didn't know. I think she many worked in San Francisco although she told me she went all over the country on the train. Mainly, she used to say what hard work it was!
Kay Ennis said:April 29, 2014 10:59 am PST
My great-aunt, Alix Brooks, is said to have auditioned for Fanshon and Marco in L.A. when she was 18 (1929) and hired on the spot for dance and vaudeville. She was a former graduate of Ned Wayburn's dance school. If you have any info or photos, would love to hear about it.
Gilles said:April 2, 2014 2:42 pm PST
I just discover your wonderful website because of your sister Faye Marlowe. I'm a great fan since I discover her in " Hangower Square" years ago. I talked about her several times on a french moviegoers forum. One more time tonight (here) : http://www.dvdclassik.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=33928&p=2392542#p2392542
Dr Susan House Wade said:February 12, 2014 11:39 am PST
My aunt, Marion McPherson, started her stage career with F&M at the Boulevard Theatre in Los Angeles. She had been a Meglin Kiddie previously. The production featured a song with the lyrics "Blue grass up to my knee; blue grass, blue as the sea..." The costumes were blue chiffon and the lighting a pale blue.
Shari Johnson said:September 12, 2013 9:17 am PST
My mother, Elaine Wallick, danced with the company. She was born in 1912 and died 2003. I'm looking for any photos with her in them. She was in high school when she traveled with F and M.
She lived in either Ontario or
California. Thank you
Sharon Lyman Quinn said:August 26, 2013 11:07 am PST
Thank you for sharing your photos and history of the Fanchonettes. My mother was Virginia Larsen 1918-1981 and just 17years old when she traveled with the group to Hawaii and The King Theater.
I have several scrapbooks, photos and clippings. Wish I had asked her more questions.
Any way to get in touch with others. I live in Reno, NV.
Scott Freisem said:August 22, 2013 10:06 am PST
Thank you for such a nice presentation! I have worked at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta for many years and just today found this site! Fanchion and Marco Ideas were very big at our Fox back in the day.
Michael Claxton said:August 16, 2013 11:39 am PST
What a wonderful website! Thank you for sharing this history. I am researching a juggler named Charles Carrer (1898-1971) who was with a F&M touring show in 1930, playing the Fox Theater in Atlanta in October, among other places. I would love to know more about that particular tour and cast. Thank you!
Keri said:July 1, 2013 4:13 pm PST
My grandmother toured with the company in the 30s. She wrote a book about her experience called, "On Stage Gypsies." I don't think it's in print any longer but it's available online at used bookstores.
Janetta Smith said:April 2, 2013 11:19 am PST
My mother Althea Bennett is pictured in "The Box 'O Candy" photo. I have been searching for information on the internet and finally my niece came up with your website. I am so thrilled. Thanks a lot.
George Benedict said:March 24, 2013 1:43 pm PST
Terrific collection of work and fascinating documentation of what seems to a lost era of American stage show production....
Keep up the great work!
Alfonso Maiorana said:March 19, 2013 10:37 am PST
Nice Website. Bravo! Do you have any information or photos of Mildred Bailey performing for Fanchon and Wolff?
James Ashford said:March 8, 2013 10:40 pm PST
Great Site , It was very good to meet you at the Dominion Theatre ( We will Rock You) London.
Seth Morgan said:February 21, 2013 10:58 pm PST
Just found out about this interesting story! I have reason to believe my grand father, Dwight Davis, performed in a hand balancing act under the label. Pretty cool.
Julie Simon said:February 3, 2013 11:22 am PST
You've done an outstanding job on this website. This is truly a notable piece of history. I do believe Fanchon deserves a star in Hollywood for her work as the first Female Producer!
Ed Kelly said:February 3, 2013 10:55 am PST
Great site!! Cheers, Ed
Tom Schantz said:February 2, 2013 2:30 pm PST
What a wonderful site!!!! I poured over all the photos.
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