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Artie Hall (c. 1881–1906) was an American vaudeville singer and actress, known for her blackface performances as a coon shouter. She was a "petite vocalist with a strong voice".[1] Her most successful role was Topsy in Willian A. Brady's version of Uncle Tom's Cabin. A controversial part of her act was the removal of a glove to reveal her white skin at the end of a song.[2] She died in the collapse of the Orpheum Theater during the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake.[3]

Her sister, Pauline des Landes (known professionally as Bonita) was also a vaudeville actress.[4]

References

  1. Armond Fields (2007). Tony Pastor, father of vaudeville. McFarland. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-7864-3054-3. 
  2. Lynn Abbott; Doug Seroff (2007). Ragged But Right: Black Travelling Shows, "Coon Songs", and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 17–20. ISBN 978-1-57806-901-9. http://www.amazon.com/Ragged-but-Right-Traveling-American/dp/1578069017. 
  3. "Artie Hall is killed". New York Times. April 21, 1906. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9B0DE5DA113EE733A25752C2A9629C946797D6CF. 
  4. Frank Cullen; Florence Hackman; Donald McNeilly (2007). Vaudeville, old and new. Routledge. p. 499. ISBN 978-0-415-93853-2. 




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