Category Archives: Donna Montran

Donna Darling and Earle

Donna Darling Collection – Part 3 We know that Donna had a show advertised as “Donna Darling and Earle in a Song and Dance Romance” in 1924. The Standiford Studio in Louisville, Kentucky took this photo entitled, “Donna Darling and Earle.” … Continue reading

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The Donna Darling Collection – Part 2

  Donna Montran Vaudeville By Don Taylor The first newspaper clipping in the collection is one that screams in big print, “DONNA MONTRAN.” It then speaks of her as “BROADWAY’S NEWEST FIND – Under Personal Direction of Tom Rooney.” The … Continue reading

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The Donna Darling Collection

Part 1 of possibly 37 When my Grandmother, Madonna Montran (AKA Donna), passed away in 1976 it was several days before my mother was informed of the death.  When she went to Donna’s apartment she found that everything had been … Continue reading

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Donna at the Henderson Theater, Coney Island

Henderson’s Theater, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York – Week of 6 September 1920.  We know that Donna had finished a 5-week showing at B.S. Moss’ Broadway Theater on August 29th. We know she performed in that show because she was … Continue reading

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“Chin Chin” plays at the City Opera House, Frederick, Maryland, on 22 April 1920

We know that the Chin Chin company played in Cumberland, Maryland on April 20th.  We do not know if they played anywhere on the 21st.  But, on the 22nd they played a one-nighter at the City Opera House in Frederick, … Continue reading

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“Chin Chin” at Maryland Theatre, Cumberland, MD, 20 April 1920

We know that Chin Chin played in Coshocton, Ohio, on April 11th. However, we don’t know yet where else the company played between there and Cumberland. What we do know is from the April 14, 1920, edition of the Cumberland … Continue reading

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Donna in New Philadelphia, OH, at the Union Theatre – 10 April, 1920

Vaudeville It had been a busy week. We now know “Chin Chin” played at the Park Theatre in Youngstown on Thursday[i] and the Victoria Theatre in Steubenville on Friday. It was back to the train and headed west about an … Continue reading

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Donna Montran and “Chin Chin” play at the Victoria Theatre in Steubenville, Ohio on 9 April 1920

  “Chin Chin” at the Victoria Theatre, Steubenville, Ohio By Don Taylor  We know that Chin Chin played on April 5 at the Sandusky Theatre in Sandusky, OH on April 5th and played at the Faurot Opera House in Lima, … Continue reading

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Donna in Lima, Ohio, at the Faurot Theater – 6 April 1920

by Don Taylor The “Chin Chin” Crew packed up from the show Monday night in Sandusky, Ohio, traveled overnight the 100 miles to Lima, Ohio, to set up for another one night performance. Advertising for the “Chin Chin” performance began … Continue reading

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Donna in Sandusky, OH, at the Sandusky Theater

“Chin Chin” plays the Sandusky Theatre, April 5, 1920 I don’t know where Donna was immediately before she played in Sandusky, Ohio. We are aware she played in Greenville, PA on March 20th, but don’t have any sightings of her … Continue reading

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