“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertising regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and aka Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.
From The Whittier News, (Whittier, California) newspaper dated 30 June 1924.
The Whittier News – 28 June 1924
“Headlining is that rare beauty of the stage world, Miss Donna Darling, the young lady who recently took the beauty prize at the Hippodrome in New York. The lady is appearing in a charming little song and dance revue called ‘As You Like It’, and it is said that the singer wears a wonderfully exquisite gown, containing some 20,000+ pearls. In her support will be Jack Lewis, a comedian and pianist of note. Miss Darling’s clothes are particularly charming creations. She wears a colonial costume of gold cloth in which she sings some old favorites. The settings for this act are gorgeous and most expensive.”
Because of the newly available online article & advertising, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s “As You Like It” tour.
June 30, 1924 – Whittier, CA – Scenic Theatre – Donna Darling and Company presenting “As You Like It.”
The_Whittier_News_Sat__Jun_28__1924, Page 2, Column 4, “Things Theatrical” via Newspapers.Com.
The_Whittier_News_Mon__Jun_30__1924_, Page 15, Column 1, “Scenic Theatre” via Newspapers.Com.
Donna Darling Revue. at the Carolina Theatre, Charlotte, SC, March 10 & 11, 1927.
I recently found two ads that ran in the Charlotte Observer on March 10 & 11, 1927. The “Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark” was mentioned as playing at the Carolina Theatre. Donna was the second act.
On stage with Donna were:
Baldwin & Blair in “Hay! Hay” (the headline act)
Donia and Dunlevy — The Italian Sheik and Southern Gentleman
Plus the Film Version of Belasco stage success “The Music Master.”