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Overview (3)

Born in Marbleton, Québec, Canada
Died in Hollywood, California, USA  (heart attack)
Nicknames "The Girl Who Made Vaudeville Famous"
Bombshell of Joy
The Eccentric Comedienne

Mini Bio (1)

Eva Tanguay was born in Marbleton, Québec, Canada, on August 1, 1878. A stage actress early on, Eva went into vaudeville as soon as she got the chance and performed there for years, becoming known as "The Girl Who Made Vaudeville Famous". She was a late comer to the world of movies; had she been born 20 years later, she probably would have been a bona fide star on the screen. She was 38 when she appeared in her first motion picture, Energetic Eva (1916). Her next--and last--film was The Wild Girl (1917).

Eva died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California, on January 11, 1947. She was 69 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (3)

Roscoe Ails (1920 - ?) ( divorced)
John W. Ford (24 November 1913 - 1917) ( divorced)
Alexander Booke (? - 1927) ( annulled)

Trivia (6)

In 1910 she was the highest paid vaudeville performer sometimes earning as much as $3500.00 per week.
In the 1930s she lost her sight due to Cataracts, and old pal Sophie Tucker paid for the surgery which restored her sight.
The only surviving Eva Tanguay film is The Wild Girl (1917), which is archived at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Eva Tanguay was a major Vaudeville star and she also appeared on Broadway in six productions between 1895 and 1909. Tanguay appeared in "The Ziegfeld Follies of 1909," her final Broadway show. This edition also starred Sophie Tucker, Lillian Lorraine, and Nora Bayes.
Eva Tanguay made only one recording. In 1922 she recorded her signature song, "I Don't Care." The recording survives.

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