I am a french student in cinema, and I am interested in the performer Vander Clyde Broadway, as “Barbette”. Do you think there is any chance to get in touch with someone who used to work with him?
Best Regards, Laura Combeau
Barbette is reported to have performed for the last time in 1938, some 78 years ago. With an adult aged 20, that would make any companion performer or associate a centenarian. Chances of finding such a person aren’t totally impossible, but very, very, very limited. Perhaps you can find someone that knew him between 1938 and when he passed in 1973? If you look at his career between those landmarks it suggests possibilities for tracking down work associates. You might also explore the possibilities of people that were resident near him in Texas in his final days.
Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
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