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Eddie Foy : A Biography of the Early Popular Stage Comedian - Armond Fields

Eddie Foy

A Biography of the Early Popular Stage Comedian

By: Armond Fields

Paperback | 8 September 2009

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Just a century ago Eddie Foy was the consummate stage comedian. A versatile performer, Foy contributed to the development of popular theater from the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties, from poverty-inspired Irish two-acts to lavish musical comedies.

This first-ever biography of Foy tells the story of his indigent childhood in New York's Bowery and in Chicago, his tough uphill climb as a "variety artist" at Western outposts, his success in vaudeville and Broadway, and his arrival as a national icon with the Seven Little Foys. Foy's career mirrored the growth of popular theater entertainment in America. Exhaustively researched, this work contains many rare personal photographs from the Foy family archives.

Industry Reviews
"Fields documents changing theater technologies, practices, and audiences and always relates theater to the larger social context...strongly recommended"-Choice.

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