Donna Montran

The Life of Madonna Montran
(aka Donna Darling, aka Donna Kees)

The Early Years – Madonna

Short Biography – Madonna Mae Montran (1893-1976)
Feb 20, 1893 – Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan – Madonna Montran’s Birth

The Early Career – Donna Montran (1914-1918)

Sep 1, 1914 – 100 Years Ago – Madonna Mae Montran.

1915

July 22-23, 1915 – Saugus, Mass. – Donna’s Biplane Flight (Boston Daily Globe)

SEP  5/1915-BOSTON

Sep 15, 1915 – She Kissed Polititians at Republican Banquet (Boston).

1916

Dec 1916 – Trys out for Preparedness Bazaar and “Miss Boston”
                    Beauties at City Hall, Boston, included Donna

1917

Jul 1917 – Madonna sang at the reopening of the Helen Keller House – See Pininterest

1918
JAN  27 – Boston Sunday Post – Play With Dolls To Banish Fatigue?

OCT 31/1918-DECATUR, IL

General Information Regarding Donna
More Findings about Donna though Newspapers.Com

Early Vaudeville – Donna Montran – 1919-1920

Jan 31-April 25, 1919 – Donna Montran and Trixie Bressler in a new sketch by Roland West.

Aug.-Sep, 1919 – New York – Donna Montran – Charles Smith & Able Green

Sep. 15, 1919 – Lancaster, Colonial Theater.

Chin Chin

Oct 30, 1919 – Donna joins “Chin Chin Cast;”plays Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur, ILCallout.

Nov 7-8, 1919 – Omaha, Nebraska – Brandeis Theater
Nov 9-15, 1919 – Denver, Colorado – Broadway Theatre

Nov 18, 1919 – Pueblo, Colorado – Grand Oprah House
Nov 19, 1919 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – Burns Theater
Nov 20, 1919 – Fort Collins, Colorado – Empress Theater

Nov 22, 1919 – Cheyenne, Wyoming – Princess Theater
Nov 23, 1919 – Rock Springs, Wyoming – Grand Theater
Nov 24-25, 1919 – Nov 24-25, 1919 – Salt Lake Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nov 26, 1919 – Orpheum Theater – Ogden, UtahCallout!

Dec 1, 1919 – Lavering Theatre – Twin Falls, Idaho
Dec 2, 1919 – Burley Theatre – Burley, Idaho
Dec 3, 1919 – No Show – Girls at American Legion See Dec 4th for details.
Dec 4-7, 1919 – Pinney Theatre – Boise, IDCallout!
 – – – – – Donna at Owyhee Hotel

Dec 10, 1919 – Oregon Theatre – Pendleton, ORCallout!

Dec 24, 1919 – Donna wishes Roehm & Richards a Merry Christmas
Dec 25-27, 1919 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Avenue TheaterCallout!

1920

Jan 5-6 – Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada – Empress TheatreCallout!
Jan 7, 1920 – Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada – Majestic Theatre
Jan 8-10, 1920 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Grand Theatre

Jan 19-24, 1920 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – Walker Theatre

Feb 1-7, 1920 – Minneapolis, MN – Metropolitan Theatre – Callout!

Feb 12, 1920 – Eau Claire, WI – Grand Theatre – Callout!
Feb 13, 1920 – Janesville, WI – Myers Grand Opera House (Myers Theater)
Feb 14, 1920 – Madison, WI – Fuller Opera House
Feb 15, 1920 – Fort Wayne, IN, Majestic Theater.

Feb 19, 1920 – Logansport, IN – Nelson Theater – Callout!

Feb 20-21, 1920 – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Powers Theater – Callout!
Feb 23, 1920 – Muskegon, MI – Regent
Feb 25, 1920 – Bay City, MI – Washington Theater
Feb 26, 1920 – Saginaw, MI – Auditorium
Feb 28, 1920 – Ann Arbor, MI – Whitney Theater
Mar 1, 1920 – Baltimore – Auditorium

March (sometime during the week of March 5th) – Rochester, NY – Lyceum Theater

Mar 12, 1920 – Franklin, PA – Franklin Opera House

Mar 15, 1920 – Oil City, PA – Oil City Opera House

Mar 20, 1920 – Greenville, PA – Laird Opera House – Callout!

Mar 29, 30, 31 – Akron, OH – Grand Opera House.
April 1, 1920 – Canton, OH – Grand Opera House – Callout!

April 4, 1920 – Camp Sherman, OH – Liberty Theatre
April 5, 1920 – Sandusky, OH – Sandusky Theater
April 6, 1920 – Lima, OH – Faurot Opera House

April 8, 1920 – Youngstown, OH – Park Theatre
April 9, 1920 – Steubenville, OH – Victoria Theatre
April 10, 1920 – New Philadelphia, OH – Union Theatre
April 11, 1920 – Coshocton, OH

April 13, 1920 – Zanesville, OH – Weller Theater

April 20, 1920 – Cumberland, MD – Maryland Theatre

April 22, 1920 – Frederick, MD – Frederick City Opera House
April 23, 1920 – Carlisle, PA – Carlisle Opera House
April 24, 1920 – Reading, PA – Rajah Theatre

May 3, 1920 – Allentown, PA – Lyric Theatre
May 4, 1920 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Grand Opera House

May 13, 1920 – Bennington, VT

May 15, 1920 – North Adams, MA (See: North Adams Transcript)

May 18, 1920 – Oneonta, NY

May 19, 1920 – Mt. Carmel, PA

May 21, 1920 – Geneva, NY – Smith Opera House
May 22, 1920 – Elmira, NY – Lyceum Theatre

May 31, 1920 – Bridgeport, CT

California Bathing Girls

Jul 26-Aug 29, 1920 – New York, NY – Moss’ Broadway at 41st – California Bathing Girls in “A Beach Promenade.”
– – – – – The Donna Darling Collection – Part 2
Aug 09-21, 1920 – Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House – Original California Bathing Girls.

Sep ??  1920  – Washington DC – Cosmos – The California Bathing Beauties.

Sep. 6-13, 1920 – Coney Island, NY – Henderson’s Theater – California Bathing Girls
September 13-17 – Baltimore, MD –  Pacy’s Garden Theatre – The California Bathing Girls

Sep. 20 thru 25 – Albany, NY – Clinton Theatre – The California Bathing Girls.
(Albany Awakens to the Benefits of Exploitation)

Sep. 27 thru Oct 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Allegheny Theater – California Bathing Beauties (Donna Darling Collection – Part 13)

Oct. 3 thru 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Globe Theater California Bathing Beauties

October 5-6, 1920 – Alexandria, IN – Liberty Theatre – California Bathing Girls.

Oct 25-30, 1920 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Capitol – Donna Montran and her California Bathing Beauties.

Nov 4-6, 1920 – Reading, PA – Orpheum –

Unknown Date: [Nov-Dec] 1920 – New Haven, CT – Bijou – Donna Montran and Her Bathing Beauties.

Dec 20, 1920 – Bridgeport, CT (?)

Dec 29-30, 1920 – Bridgeport, CT – Plaza Theater – California Bathing Beauties. (Bridgeport Telegram)

Unknown Date [Aug-Dec] 1920 – Unknown Location – Proctor’s – Donna Montran Bathing Beautes (also Eugene O’Brien and Annette Kellerman in “What Women Love”.

Later Vaudeville – Donna Darling – 1921-1927

Mar 13-15, 1921 – Washington, DC – Cosmos Theatre – California Bathing Girls with Donna Montran. (Washington Post)

Aug 26, 1921 – Rehearsed with Lee Stewart.

1922

FEB 14 1922 –  OLEAN, N.Y.

MAR 14 1922 – MASSILLON, OH.

March 27, 28, 29, 1922 – Pittsburgh, PA – Sheridan Square – Donna Darling assisted by Murray Walker & Jack Finney in “As You Like It.”

April 6, 7, 8, 1922 – Harrisburg, PA – Majestic (Keith Vaudeville) with Murray Walker & Jack Finney in “As You Like It.”

May 1922 – Brooklyn, NY – B.F. Keith’s Greenpoint Theater (F/U)

OCT 7 1922  – FT. WAYNE, IN.

OCT 21/1922–TERRE HAUTE, IN

OCT 27/1922-CLINTON, IN

NOV 9 1922  – SYRACUSE, N.Y.

1923

JAN 16/1923-BRADFORD, PA
JAN 19 1923 – HORNELL, N.Y.

JAN 23 1923 – OLEAN, ‘N.Y.

Feb 15, 1923 – New York City – Registers “Beautiful Mother of Mine”

JUN 23 1923 – MOBERLY, MO.

July 1, 2, 1923- Keokuk, IA – Regent – Donna Darling & Co.

1924

FEB 1 1924 – BRIDGEPORT, CT

May 17-18, 1924 – Billings, MT – Babcock Theatre, Donna Darling and Company in “Novel Song and Dance Revue”

JUN 2 1924 – OAKLAND, CA.

Jul 20-26, 1924 – Dallas, TX – Melba Theatre – “Donna Darling & Earl in a Song and Dance Romance”

Photo of Donna Darling c. 1924.

“Donna Darling” circa August 1924.

Probably August 1924 – Louisville Kentucky – Photo Donna Darling and Earle.

NOV 10 1924 – ALTON, IL (SAMMY ONLY)

 

NOV 21 1924 – SHEBOYGAN, WI.

NOV 27 1924 – EMPORIA, KS.(SAMMY ONLY)

DEC 2 1924 – APPLETON, WI.

DEC 18 1924 – WAUKESHA, WI.

1925

January 21-23, 1925 – The Bathing Beauty Revue featuring Donna Darling (Mack Sennett’s Prize Winner) and Murray Earle (From Geo. White’s Scandals) as well as “her 10 bathing beauties from the Hollywood Studios” played at the Alhambra Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

January 25-29, 1925 – Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, IL) – Hollywood Motion Picture Bathing Beauties – Donna Darling. (5 days)

February 1-7, 1935 – Apollo Theater, Peoria, Illinois – Hollywood Motion Picture Bathing Beauties featuring Donna Darling. Part 1 of 2.
– – – – – February 1-7, 1935 — Bathing Girl Is Kidnaped or Just Kidding

Feb 9 & 10, 1925 – Gayety Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. “The California Bathing Beauties”

FEB 24 1925 – KOKOMO, IN.

MAR 2/1925-HAMILTON, OH

March 9-11, 1925 – Huntington Theater, Huntington, IN.


March 22-25, 1925 – Palace Theater, Hamilton, OH – California Motion Picture Bathing Girls

MAR 26 1925 – RUSHVILLE, IN.
APR 18/1925-TERRE HAUTE, IN

MAY 12/1925-BRAZIL OR CLINTON, IN
MAY 19 1925 – LOGANSPORT, IN.


July 26, 1925 – Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, IL) – Bijou Continues Regular Schedule – Sammy Clark & Donna Darling

 

• AUG 28 1925 – MIDDLETOWN, N,Y, (SAMMY ONLY)

SEP 20/1925-SEDALIA, MO
Sep 26-28, 1925 – Alton, Illinois – Grand Theater – “Donna Darling and Girls”

1926

APR   4/1926-BLUEFIELD, W.VA

JULY 4 1926 – DECATUR, IL. (ADDED)

AUG  3/ 1926-FREEPORT, IL

SEP 7 1926 – ALTON, IL.

October 23, 24, 25, 2926 – San Jose, CA – American Theatre – Donna Darling Revue

OCT 30 1926 – MODESTA, CA.

Donna Darling with Balalaika – 1926

[Nov?] 1926 – Portland, Oregon – Donna at Davis Studio – Donna and the Balalaika – 1926

NOV 27 1926 – HELENA, MT.

DEC 4 1926 – LACROSSE, WI.

 1927

 JAN 14 1927 – DAVENPORT, IA.

Feb 7, 8, & 9 – Jersey City, N.J.  Keith’s Jersey City – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark
Feb 10, 11, 12, & 13 – New York, New York – Loew’s Greeley Square – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark

According to a Variety article on 16 Feb 1927, Donna had played in 40 of the 48 states in the previous 10 months [April 1926?-February 1927] not playing in AL, FL, GA, MS,  NC, SC, TN. & VA. I have her in, CA, IA, IL, MT, NJ, NY, WI, and WV. So I am looking for her showing in at least 32 more venues during that period.

MAR 25/1927-DOTHAN, AL

APR 22/1927-FINDLEY, OH

APR 29/1927-NEWCASTLE, PA

MAR 25/1927-DOTHAN, AL

APR 22/1927-FINDLEY, OH

APR 29/1927-NEWCASTLE, PA

According to Variety on

MAY 12 1927 – WARREN, PA.

Jun 30 – Jul 2, 1927 – Bridgeport, CT – Poli’s Palace & Majestic Theater – Modern Vaudeville Frolics

Later Show-Business Years – Donna Kees – 1928-1932

1928

Apr 20, 1928 – Mount Carmel, PA (See: Newspapers.com, Mount Carmel Item)

DEC 18 1928 – FITCHBURG, MA.

1930

c. 1930 – Panama – A “Cabaret Girl” at the Fort Amador Beach Club in Panama.

Life After Show-Business – 1932-1976

Grandma Donna’s Chili Rice

Memories of 1961 – Kid Shows and Poker with Grandma.

Short Biography – Madonna Mae Montran (1893-1976)