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A Kansas City Vaudeville Team Launches Its Own Showboat
Photos and article about the "Dixie Queen" steamboat built in and operating out of Kansas City as a showboat or steamboat with an on-deck vaudeville theater. Description of its owners Al Cooper and his...
After Years of Gracing City's Stages, Prominent Actress Dies of Cancer
July 12, 2006
Local actress Elizabeth Robbins died July 11, 2006, at her home at the age of 51. She was married to actor/director Mark Robbins and leaves a 12-year-old son. She had performed professionally in Kansas...
As a Child Actor Here, He Got a Start toward Broadway
Photos and biographical article about Ernest Truex (1889-1973), a movie and television actor starting out as a child actor in the play "Quo Vadis" at "the old Auditorium Theater in Kansas City" around...
Deaths: Mrs. Thelma Todd Goza
May 13, 1952
Photo and obituary for "Mrs. Toni Todd Goza [or Toni Todd], 32, former orchestra singer and motion picture actress," appearing in such movies as "Lost Horizon" and "Philo Vance's Secret Mission" as Toni...
Dee Wallace Phones Home
April 14, 2007
Dee Wallace, a Kansas City, Kansas, born actress, is home "to receive a lifetime achievement award from the local chapter of Women in Film and the GM Alliance." She is credited with nearly 150 acting credits...
Diva from 50 Years Ago Finds New Recognition
File containing photos and a biographical article about Etta Moten Barnett, or Etta Barnett, a 96-year-old singer and former actress "in 1930s Hollywood film roles that were not demeaning." Born in Texas...
Ethel Merman Ebullient at Party
Photo and biographical article about Ethel Merman (born as Ethel Zimmerman in New York in 1909), a nationally famous actress and singer, "attend[ing] a reception given in her honor yesterday by the Consular...
Getting it Right on Broadway
June 3, 2007
Profile of Kansas City-born actor Denis O'Hare, who is currently starring in the Tony-nominated revival of "Inherit the Wind." O'Hare spent the first two years of his life in the Red Bridge neighborhood...
Glover a Genuine Celebrity
December 9, 2003
Steve Penn's commentary on Danny Glover's appearance in Kansas City and his visit to Kansas City's Genesis School. Glover's father, James Glover, was a resident of Kansas City and graduated from Lincoln...
February 27, 2005
List of Hollywood stars that originally came from the Midwest states of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
May 9, 2005
Interview with actor Don Cheadle and his aunt, Sondra North, of Kansas City, Missouri. Cheadle got his break as the character "Mouse" in 1995's Devil in a Blue Dress, and received an Oscar nomination for...
In Short, He's Hot
January 11, 2007
Feature article on Kansas City native Columbus Short who is an actor, dancer, and choreographer. His latest movie is "Stomp the Yard". He lives in Los Angeles but he still has relatives who live in the...
Photos and newspaper clippings about Jean Harlow (1911-1937), a native Kansas Citian movie actress in the 1930s.
KC Native Henry Stram Wins N.Y. Honors
January 8, 2005
Henry Stram, son of former Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, recently was honored by New York Magazine for giving one of the best three performances of 2005 on the New York stage. He appeared in the...
Know Your TV Stars: She Sets a Spry Pace at 83
May 9, 1954
At age 83, former Kansas City resident Gertrude Hoffmann is still considered a "youngster in show business," after starting her acting career as a widow in her early 60s. She currently stars in the NBC...
December 6, 2003
Short death notice for actress Ellen Drew who died at age 89 on December 17, 2003. "She was born Esther Loretta Ray in Kansas City." She starred in the 1940s and 1950s with such actors as Joel McCrea,...
Linda Lovelace Here: Sex Star Easy to Like
Photo and biographical article about Linda Lovelace, a 23-year-old "star of 'Deep Throat,' the X-rated box-office smash" making a movie in Kansas City's Swope Park supposedly entitled "Linda Lovelace for...
Local Actor Gets Better With Time
November 30-December 6, 2007
Article profiling local actor Danny Cox, who has resided in Kansas City, Kansas, for the past 35 years. During his career, Cox has appeared in many local and national stage productions and recorded music...
Local Resident Pursues Hollywood Dream
February 29-March 6, 2008
Article profiles actress Donna Hoskins, a former resident of Kansas City who has appeared in several Hollywood films under her stage name, Blaise Brooks. Hoskins is a gradute of Franklin Elementary, Ashland...
December 14, 1915
Biographical article about Marie Doro, a theater actress famous in New York. She was born in Pennsylvania but was reared and educated in Kansas City, attending Woodland School and Central High School in...
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