Eddie Foy

A Biography of the Early Popular Stage Comedian

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About the Book

Just a century ago Eddie Foy was the consummate stage comedian. A versatile performer, Foy contributed to the development of popular theater from the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties, from poverty-inspired Irish two-acts to lavish musical comedies.
This first-ever biography of Foy tells the story of his indigent childhood in New York’s Bowery and in Chicago, his tough uphill climb as a “variety artist” at Western outposts, his success in vaudeville and Broadway, and his arrival as a national icon with the Seven Little Foys. Foy’s career mirrored the growth of popular theater entertainment in America. Exhaustively researched, this work contains many rare personal photographs from the Foy family archives.

About the Author(s)

The late Armond Fields was a social historian specializing in American popular theater. The author of numerous books about vaudeville and other early theater figures, he lived in Culver City, California.

Bibliographic Details

Armond Fields
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 268
Bibliographic Info: 46 photos, notes, chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4328-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

CHAPTER 1      9

CHAPTER 2      21

CHAPTER 3      33

CHAPTER 4      49

CHAPTER 5      59

CHAPTER 6      71

CHAPTER 7      87

CHAPTER 8      101

CHAPTER 9      117

CHAPTER 10      132

CHAPTER 11      146

CHAPTER 12      156

CHAPTER 13      173

CHAPTER 14      194

CHAPTER 15      211

CHAPTER 16      229

Performance Chronology      239

Notes      247

Selected Bibliography and Source Material      251

Index      255

Book Reviews & Awards

“Fields documents changing theater technologies, practices, and audiences and always relates theater to the larger social context…strongly recommended”—Choice.