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!

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 1st?) Minneapolis, MN

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. – Double Booking or Conflict?  See Henderson’s Theater.

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

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

Sep ??  1920  – Washington DC – Cosmos – The 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 Review”

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

1925-01-25 -Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, IL) – Hollywood Motion Picture Bathing Beauties – Donna Darling. (5 days)

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.

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 Review with Sammy Clark
Feb 10, 11, 12, & 13 – New York, New York – Loew’s Greeley Square – Donna Darling Review 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)