Trixie Friganza


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(1870–1955), comedienne. Born in Grenola, Kansas, the large, bouncy performer made her stage debut in 1889 in The Pearl of Pekin. Thereafter, she appeared in numerous musicals, including The Orchid (1907), The Passing Show of 1912, and Canary Cottage (1917), but won her greatest celebrity as a vaudeville comedienne. Hers was a jolly, clean act in which she had fun kidding her own figure, describing herself as “a perfect forty-six.” She added to her girth by coming on stage wearing several costumes, one under the other, and in effect doing a chaste striptease as she discarded each outer garment in turn. She was often billed as “Broadway's Favorite Champagne Girl.”

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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