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Kansas City Women of Independent Minds
Photo and bio of Alice Nielsen (1876-1943), an opera singer and actress. Born in Nashville and coming to Kansas City about 1883 with her parents before performing here and abroad, "donat[ing] her collection...
Kansas City: Republican National Convention, 1908
Photo of Convention Hall with a capacity crowd of 10,000 to see famous actress Sarah Bernhardt.
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,...
Lead Role Sticks with Area Native
July 24, 2005
Actress Shannon Durig has been successful playing the role of Tracy in the Broadway hit "Hairspray". Since her debut in October 2003, the 23-year old Overland Park native has appeared in the role about...
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...
Brief profile of silent film actress and historian, Louise Brooks. Brooks was born in Cherryvale, Kansas, and lived in Wichita before departing for New York to be a dancer at age 15 in 1921.
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...
Photos and information on Marilyn Maye, a prominent local theater singer and actress also appearing on national television shows such as "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in the 1960s-1980s. Native...
File contains newspaper clippings about Marion Talley (1906-1983), opera singer and actress.
May We Present Margaret Hillias
Photo and biographical article about Margaret Hillias, an actress at the Little Theater and other local theater groups ("Blackfriars, the Provincials, the Resident, as well as some lesser organizations"),...
May We Present Mrs. Marvin Gates
Photo and biographical article about Mrs. Marvin Gates, or Medill Gates, a Kansas City actress starting in the early 20th century as one of the original members of the Comedy Club (called the Kansas City...
March 5, 2006
Article contains Academy Award nominees who had Kansas and Missouri ties. Includes their picture, category, birthplace, total Oscar nominations and wins. Names include: Robert Altman, Burt Bacharach, Tom...
Miss Pansy Dowdall
Photo and bio of Pansy Dowdall, a Kansas City actress appearing in Saint Louis and New York plays, including Broadway.
Miss Sara Gilday Dies: In the '20s She Was a Leading Actress Here
Obituary for Miss Sara Gilday, "a leading actress with the Kansas City theater company in the '20s," born here in 1903 as the daughter of John Gilday ("poetry editor and feature writer for [t]he Star twenty-eight...
File contains a copy of an extensive article in the 1971-1972 Missouri Blue Book providing biographical sketches of prominent women in Missouri's history, with photos. The following female motion picture...
Movin' on Up: Who Left KC and Made It?
Photos and biographical description of Elaine Kagan, an actress and novelist growing up in Kansas City until moving to Los Angeles in 1966. Description of her books with settings in Kansas City and her...
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