Bizarre Personalities

Valdeo & the Countess Adrienne de Coriche

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The lives of few entertainers have ever matched that of actress/dancer/vaudevillian Valdeo Lord Parker and her mother, Maude. Both performed under many aliases throughout their lives, which requires a lot of reading between the lines to understand who they were and what happened to them. According to U.S. Census records, Valdeo was born in Lincoln, […]


Westwood Marching and Chowder Club

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Westwood marching and chowder club

In 1938, Bing Crosby and other stars chartered the Westwood Marching and Chowder Club, a fraternal club affiliated with the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.   The Westwood Marching  and Chowder Club threw “gay 90s” vaudeville parties for its private membership. Actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and vaudeville professionals joined by […]