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Frank Fay


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Frank Fay was a popular vaudville entertainer who was once married to Barbara Stanwyck.

When vaudville petered out his career went down the drain and unfortunately he was a drinker. I don't think Hollywood thought much of him as a matinee idol.



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Some of Frank Fay's notable appearances on Broadway include: "The Passing Show of 1918" with Fred and Adele Astaire, and Charles Ruggles


"Jim Jam Jems" with Joe E. Brown in 1920


The musical "Artists and Models" in 1923


"Frank Fay Vaudeville" also starring Elsie Janis and Eva La Gallienne in 1938


The musical "Laugh Time" with Ethel Waters and Bert Wheeler in 1943


"Harvey" by Mary Chase as Elwood P. Dowd, in 1944. The role of Elwood was played by Jimmy Stewart in the film version. Fay originated the role on stage, in what many consider to be the best of his career. Josephine Hull also starred as Elwood's put-upon sister.


My source is "A Pictorial History of the American Theatre 1860-1976" by Daniel Blum.



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