Robert inherited my penchant for public speaking, Fleur her mother’s love of dancing ... but the genes tell a story of theatre further back ! My father’s two sisters, Alice and Lillian, devoted much of their lives to training children for the vaudeville stage, mainly as contortionists. I remember one very attractive girl named Verlie, probably a South Sea Islander, who was on the Tivoli circuit for some time. Another, Noel, appeared in monologues. The women used to legally adopt them ... they had no children of their own. My father’s brother Arthur William (“ Willie”) dabbled in juggling and trick cycling. So there you are !
Unfortunately, there are a few moments wasted on cruel little talentless things like the embarrassing Ross Sisters (contortionists) doing ``Solid Potato Salad' from ``Broadway Rhythm.' It's meant to be camp but actually is merely a suggestion that some form of musical entertainment DOES date. Happily, there is very little footage devoted to this ill-considered effort to be smarty and mod.
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