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?

Feb 13 – Began appearing on the “United Time” with Arthur Daly in New York.

April 10, 1918 – Dinna Montran & George Kinnier forming an act for the Moss and Loew Circuits.

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 1-3 – Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Empire Theatre (Source)

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 Opera House – Callout!
Feb 11, 1920 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Rex Theatre
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 4-6, 1920 – Rochester, NY – Lyceum Theater – Chin Chin – Newspapers
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 2-3, 1920 – Dayton, OH – Victory Theater – “Chin Chin” – Callout!
April 4, 1920 – Camp Sherman, OHLiberty 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 12, 1920 – Coshocton, OH – 6th Street Theater
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

July 8, 1920 – Engaged for part in the Louise Hugg-Albert Capellani picture.

California Bathing Girls

Photo of the Donna Darlings Bathing Beauties in a Beach Promenade
Donna Darlings Bathing Beauties in “A Beach Promenade”

July 14, 1920 – Bathing Girls show postponed.

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.
– – – – – The Donna Darling Collection – Part 20

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
Sept 19-21, 1920 – Washington, District of Columbia – Cosmos – California Bathing Girls – Newspapes.com
Sep. 22 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.
October 14-16, 1920 – Camden, NY – The Towers 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.

Donna Montran – Christmas Greetings 1920

(December 1, 1920 – Margaret Maley quit to get married.)

December 8, 1920 – Proctors, 58th Street – Donna Montran Beauties (New York)

Dec 20, 1920 – Bridgeport, CT (?)
December 22-25 – Palace Theater – Hartford, CT –  California Bathing Girls.
December 25, 1920 – Donna Montran Christmas Greetings through the New York Star.  (DDC)

Dec 29, 1920 thru 1 Jan 1921 – Bridgeport, CT – Plaza Theater – California Bathing Beauties. (Bridgeport Telegram & Bridgeport Evening Farmer.

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

Later Vaudeville – Donna Darling – 1921-1927

1921

January 1, 1921 – Bridgeport, Connecticut -Plaza – Donna Montran & Her 10 California Bathing Beauties – Genealogy Bank

February 16, 1921 – Coliseum (New York) – California Bathing Beauties.

Mar 3 – 5 (?) – Trenton, New Jersey – State -Rooney & Lindsay’s California Bathing Girls.

Mar 14-20, 1921 (?) – Washington, DC – Cosmos Theatre – California Bathing Girls with Donna Montran. (Washington Post)
Mar 21-23, 1921 – Washington, DC – Colonial Theatre – Donna Montran and her California Bathing Beauties. (Washington Post & Washing Herald) – DDC

April 17, 1921 – Unknown Theater near Philadelphia. (Possibly the Globe Theatre)

May 16, 1921 – Globe Theatre, Philadelphia, PA – Donna Montran and her Bathing Beauties.

Margie Corcoran and Rath Dean left the closed Donna Montran Bathing Beauties act.
Donna was breaking in a new single “As you Like It.”

Date unknown [May or June] – Donna Closed the Show for the Summer.

Donna played Bacon, New York end of June/First of July
Donna played Red Bank N.J and Stroudsburg, PA week of July 6
Donna open on the Sabolsky in Philadelphia Week of July 13
Donna plays in WilkesBarre Next.

Donna Montran booked “Gee Williker” in New Britain, CT last half of next week (after the week of 7/27/1921)

Aug 10, 1921 – “As you Like it at Asbury Park. this week.

Magds Major joined Donna Montran in “As You Like It.”

Aug 26, 1921 – Rehearsed with Lee Stewart.

September 21, 1921 – Donna Montran is playing Keeny’s Bay Ridge and the Alhambra, Brooklyn, this week.

October 5, 1921 – Donna Montran has two dancers from the former Crossen revue in her act, and is working up New York state.

December 28, 1921 – Donna Montran, with Murray Walker and Walter Davis, opened in Philadelphia, last Monday, in a song and dance skit.

1922

January 11, 1922 – Walter Davis, formerly with the vaudeville turn of Donna Montran and Co., will team up with Jack Cook in a burlesque turn.

Jan 26, 27, 28 – Binghamton, New York – Binghamton Theater. Donna Darling and Boys: Oh! Boy. Don’t Miss This One!
January 28-31, 1922 – Elmira, New York – Majestic Theater – Donna Darling & Boys – Newspapers

Feb 2, 1922 – Ithaca, New York – Strand – Donna Darling & Boys – Newspapers
Feb 6, 7, & 8 – Chestnut St. Opera House, Sunbury, PA (Source: DDC).
FEB 13-15 1922 –  OLEAN, N.Y. – Palace Theatre – Donna Darling & Co. – Newspapers
February 22-24, 1922 – New Castle, Pennsylvania – Liberty Theatre – Donna Darling and Her Boys – Newspapers
February 26-28, 1922 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –  Harris Theater – Donna Darling and Boys – Newspapers

March 12-16, 1922 – Canton, Ohio – Lyceum – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank
MAR 14 1922 – MASSILLON, OH.
March 27 – April 1, 1922 – Pittsburgh, PA – Sheridan Square – Donna Darling assisted by Murray Walker & Jack Finney in “As You Like It.”

April 3 – 5, 1922 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -Johnstown -Donna Darling Boys
April 6, 7, 8, 1922 – Harrisburg, PA – Majestic (Keith Vaudeville) with Murray Walker & Jack Finney in “As You Like It.” – Genealogy Bank
April 17-19, 1922 – Lancaster, PA – Colonial – Donna Daring and Co., DDC

May ??-11, 1922 – Perth Amboy – Crescent Theatre, Donna Darling & Company in “As you Like It” – DDC. Note: Possible conflict with B. F. Keith’s Greenpoint.
May 11-17, 1922 – Brooklyn, NY – B.F. Keith’s Greenpoint Theater (Conflict with Crescent?) (F/U)
May 22-24, 1922 – F.F. Proctor’s 23rd Street Theater (at 6th Avenue) New York, NY – Donna Darling & Co.
May 25-26, 1922 – New York, New York – F.F. Proctors 125th Street (Park & Lex) -Donna Darling & Company
May 27-31, 1922 – B.F. Keith’s Vaudeville, Jersey City, NJ – Donna & Co. Genealogy Bank

June 1-3, 1922 – F. F. Proctor’s 125th Street (Park & Lex) New York, NY – Donna Darling & Company.
June 2, 4-6, 1922 – F.F. Proctor’s 58th Street Theater, New York – Donna Darling & Company.
June 5-7, 1922 – Glens Falls, New York – Empire Theater – Donna Darling & Boys.  (Conflict?)
June 7 until about July 10, 1922 – Donna goes to Detroit to have her tonsils removed and takes a vacation.

August 28-30, 1922 – Dayton, Ohio – B. F. Keith Strand – Donna Darling [& company] – Newspapers.com.
Aug 31-September 3, 1922 – Louisville, Kentucky – B.F. Keith’s National Donna Darling & Co.

September 4-9, 1922 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Palace – Donna Darling – Newspapers – Genealogy Bank
September 11-13 – Lexington, Kentucky – Ben Ali – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank
September 28-30, 1922 – Evansville, Indiana – Victory Theatre – Genealogy Bank

October 2-4, 1922 – Richmond, Indiana – Murray – Donna Darling & Co. Newspapers
OCT 7 1922  – FT. WAYNE, IN. – Palace Theater – Donna Darling & Co – Newspapers
Oct 10-11, 1922 – Lansing Michigan – Regent – Dona Darling “Orange Blossoms” – Newspapers
October 12-14, 1922 – Kalamazoo, Michigan – Regent – Donna Darling & Co. Genealogy Bank
October 15-18, 1922 – Flint, Michigan – Palace – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank
OCT 21/1922–TERRE HAUTE, IN
OCT 27/1922-CLINTON, IN

November 3-4, 1922 – Port Huron, Michigan – Majestic – Donna Darling and Company – Newspapers
NOV 9 1922  – SYRACUSE, N.Y.
November 23, Elmira,  New York – Hebrew Center – Donna Darling – Newspapers

December 20-22, 1922 Asbury Park, New Jersey – Reade’s Main St. – Donna Darling & Co. Newspapers
December 1922 at The Majestic Theater in Paterson, NJ.

1923

JAN 16/1923-BRADFORD, PA
JAN 19 1923 – HORNELL, N.Y.
JAN 22-24, 1923 – OLEAN, N.Y. – Palace Theatre – Donna Darling & Company – Newspapers.com
January 31-February 2, 1923 – Lansing, Michigan – Capitol Theater – Donna Darling Co. – Newspapers.com

February 13-16, Detroit, Michigan – Colonial Theater – Dona Darling & Co. – Genealogy Bank
Feb 15, 1923 – New York City – Registers “Beautiful Mother of
Mine”

April 7-9, 1923 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – New Palace – Dona Darling & Co.
April 15, 1923 – Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Grand – Donna Darling – Newspapers.com

May 4-5, 1923 – Dixon, Illinois – Dixon – Dona Darling & Earle – Newspapers.com
May 26-28, 1923 – Davenport, Iowa – Le Claire – Donna Darling & Earle – Newspapers.com

JUN 14-15, 1923 – MOBERLY, MO. – Grand – Donna Darling and Boys – Newspapers.com
June 1923 – Sedelia, MO

July 1, 2, 1923- Keokuk, IA – Regent – Donna Darling & Co.
July 7-9, 1923 – St. Louis, Missouri – Grand – Donna Darling – Newspapers.com
July 22-??, 1923 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Majestic – Donna Darling with Murray Earle. Genealogy Bank
July 29, 1923 – Racine, Wisconsin – Rialto – Donna Darling with Murray Earle – Newspapers.com

September 15,  1923  – Buffalo, New York – Layfayette Square Theater – Donna Darling

October 4-6, 1923 – Ithaca, New York – Strand – Donna Darling Revue – Newspapers.com
October 10, 1923 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Sheridan Square – Dona Darling – Newspapers.com
October 19, 1923 – Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Auditorium – Donna Darling’s Review – Genealogy Bank
October 21-23, 1923 – Ashville, North Carolina – Auditorium – Donna Darling and Earle. – Newspapers.com
October 25-26, 1923 – Columbia, South Carolina – Columbia Theatre – Dona Darling // Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank.

November 15-17, 1923- New Orleans, Louisiana – Palace – Donna Darling & Boys – Genealogy Bank
November 18, 1923 – Shreveport, Louisiana – Grand – Donna Darling – Newspapers.com
November 19-20 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Columbia – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank
November 26-28, 1923 – Nashville, Tennessee – Princess – Donna Darling – Newspapers.com

December 9, 1923 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Orpheum – Donna Darling and her Revue.

December 20-22, 1923 – Little Rock, Arkansas – Majestic – Dona Darling // Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank

1924

FEB 1 1924 – BRIDGEPORT, CT  – Polis – Donna Darling and Boys – Newspapers.com
February 14-16 – Salisbury, Maryland – Arcade Theatre – Donna Darling and her Boys – Newspapers.com
February, 1924 at The Majestic Theater in Hornell, NY

March 10-12, 1924 – Detroit, Michigan – Cinderella Theater – Donna Darling and her Boys – Newspapers.com –  Genealogy Bank
March 25-26, 1924 – Chicago – Logan Square – Donna Darling – Newspapers.com
March 30-April 2, 1924 – Moline, Illinois – Fort Armstrong – Donna Darling – Newspapers.com

April 8,, 1924 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Lyric Theater – Donna Darling – Newspapers.com

May 17-18, 1924 – Billings, MT – Babcock Theatre, Donna Darling and Company in “Novel Song and Dance Revue”
May 26, 1924 – Portland, Oregon – Hippodrome – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank

June 1 – San Francisco – State Theater – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank
JUN 2 1924 – OAKLAND, CA. – State Theater 0 Donna Darling & Company – Newspapers.com.
June 3, 1924 – Sacremento, CA – Hippodrome – Donna Darling & Co. Genealogy Bank
June 28-29, 1924 – San Bernadino, California – Opera House – Donna Darling “As you like it”- Newspapers.com

July 5, 1924 – Santa Ana – Yost Theater – Donna Darling & Company – Newspapers.com 
July 6, 1924 – Omaha, Nebraska – World – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank

July 14-19, 1924 – Kansas City, Mo – Pantages Theater – Donna Darling & Company – (Genealogy Bank)
Jul 20-26, 1924 – Dallas, TX – Melba Theatre – “Donna Darling & Earl in a Song and Dance Romance” Also Genealogy Bank

Photo of Donna Darling c. 1924.
“Donna Darling” circa August 1924.

August 16, 1924 – Mattoon, Illinois – Mattoon Theater – Donna Darling  & Earle – Newspapers.com
August 23-25, 1924 – Saint Louis, Missouri – Grand Opera House -Donna Darling with Ted Earle – Newspapers. com
Probably August 1924 – Louisville, Kentucky – Photo Donna Darling and Earle.

September 23-24, 1924 – Belleville, Illinois – Lincoln Theatre – Donna Darling Motion Picture Bathing Beauties – Genealogy Bank
September 25, 1924 – Alton, Illinois – Hippodrome – Donna Darlings Bathing Girl Revue.
September 29-October 1, 1924 – Mattoon, Illinois – Mattoon Theatre -Donna Darlings Bathing Girl Revue. Newspapers.com

October 16, 1924 – Chicago, Illinois – Empress Donna Darling’ Bathies Girl Revue – Newspapers.com
October 31, 1924 – Jackson, Michigan – Capitol – Donna Darling Bathing Girl Revue – Genealogy Bank

NOV 10 1924 – ALTON, IL (SAMMY ONLY)
NOV 22-23, 1924 – SHEBOYGAN, WI. – Vaudeville Opera House – Donna Darling & Co. – Newspapers.com
NOV 27 1924 – EMPORIA, KS.(SAMMY ONLY)
November 28-29, 1924 – Racine, Wisconsin – Orpheum – Bathing Beauties with Donna Darling. Newspapers.com

DEC 1-3 1924 – APPLETON, WI. – Fischer’s Appleton – Donna Darling and Her Live Savers – Newspapers.com
December 12-14, 1924 – Wausau, Wisconsin – Grand Theater – Bathing Beauties featuring Donna Darling. Newspapers.com
DEC 18 1924 – WAUKESHA, WI.

Between September and December (Fall) 1924 – Cecil Theater – Mason City, Iowa “Donna Darling and Girls” (Based on DDC Part 24)

1925

January 11-15, 1925 – Madison, Wisconsin – Parkway – Hollywood Bathing Beauties featuring Donna Darling – Newspapers.com
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. Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Alhambra – Genealogy Bank
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 15, 1925 – Muncie, Indiana – Star Theater – Hollywood Motion PictureBathing Girls featuring Donna Darling – Newspapers.com


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 18-19, 1925 – Elwood, IN – Alhambra – Donna Darling and her Bathing Girl Revue – Newspaper.com
MAY 21-23, 1925 – LOGANSPORT, IN. – Luna – Donna Darling and her Bathing Girl Revue – Newspaper.com

July 7-8, 1925 – Detroit, Michigan – Palace – Donna Darlings Bathing Beauties – Genealogy Bank
July 23-25, 1925 – Olean, New York – Palace Theater – Donna Darling and her Bathing Girl Revue – Newspaper.com
July 26, 1925 – Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, IL) – Bijou Continues Regular Schedule – Sammy Clark & Donna Darling
July 27-Aug 2 – Buffalo, New York – Lafayette Square – Donna Daring and Bathing Girl Revue

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

SEP 20, 1925-SEDALIA, MO – Sedalia – Donna Darling and Girls present “Her Little Revue” – Newspapers.com
Sep 26-28, 1925 – Alton, Illinois – Grand Theater – “Donna Darling and Girls”
September 25, 1925 – Omaha, Nebraska – Moon – Dona Darling and girls – Genealogy Bank

October 6, 1925 – Belleville, Illinois – Lincoln – Donna Darling & Girls – Genealogy Bank
October 12, 1925 – Carlinville, Illinois – Theater unknown Partof the Elks’ carnival – Genealogy Bank

TBD (Between Sep 1925 and June 1927)- Donna Darling Review, Savannah, GA.

Nov 28, 1925 – Green Bay, Wisoncin – Orpheum -Donna Darling and Girls present “Little Jewel Revue” – Newspaper.com

1926

January 2, 1926 – Port Huron, MI – Majestic Theater – Donna Darling and Her Girls.

February 8-13 – Capitol Theater – Toronto, Ontario – Donna Darling “Donna’s Little Jewel Revue.”
February 28-March 3 – Colonial – Detroit, Michigan – “Donna Darling And Her Jewel Box Revue.”

March 4-10, 1926 – Capitol theater – Lansing, Michigan – Donna Darling and “Little Jewel Review.”

APR   4/1926-BLUEFIELD, W.VA

May 3, 4, 5 – Broadway Theater, Long Branch, NY – Darling Clark Revue. Ref: DDC-Part 20

June 6-12(?) – Fox Washington Theatre, Detroit, Michigan – Donna Darling’s  Metropolitan Five. Ref: DCC-Part 36.

June 21, 22, 23 – Capitol Theater, Kitchener, Ontario – Darling & Clark – Metropolitan Revue.

JULY 4 1926 – DECATUR, IL.  Bijou Theater

July 23 thru July 31 – Swiss Gardens, ???  See Illinois Digital Newspaper

Aug 1 – Racine, Wisconsin – Rialto – Donna Darling & Co. with Sammy Clark Newspapers.com
AUG  3/ 1926-FREEPORT, IL Lindo Donna Darling Revue – Newspaper Archives. Newspapers.com

August 21, 1926 – Belleville, Illinois – Lincoln Theatre – Dona Darling Revue – Genealogy Bank

Sept 2, 1926 – Mattoon, IL – Mattoon Theater  Donna Darling Revue, ” Novel Revue”
SEP 7 1926 – ALTON, IL. Newspaper Archives.
Sept 17, 18, 1926 – Colorado Springs, CO – Burns Theatre – Donna Darling Review (Discovered)
September 25, 1926 – El Paso – Texas Grand – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark. Newspapers.com
September 29 – Tucson, Arizona – Rialto – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark.  Newspapers.com
September 30 – October 3- Phoenix, Arizona – Columbia – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark. Newspapers.com

October 7-9, 1926 – Santa Ana – Yost Broadway Theater – Donna Darling Revue – Newspaper Archives. Newspapers.com

Experienced the Monterey Earthquake of October 22, 1926.

October 23, 24, 25, 1926 – San Jose, CA – American Theatre – Donna Darling Revue
OCT 30 1926 – MODESTA, CA. Modesto Theater – Donna Darling Revue Newspapers.com

Donna Darling with Balalaika – 1926

November 3, 1926 – Medford, Oregon – Hunts Craterian Donna Darling Review Newspapers.com
November 4, 1926 – Eugene, Oregon – Heilig Theater – Donna Darling Review – Newspapers.com
November 5, 1926 – Salem, Oregon – Elsinore theater – Donna Darling Revue Newspapers.com
November 6, 1926 – Portland, Oregon – Donna at Davis Studio – Donna and the Balalaika – 1926
November 6-8, 1926 – Portland, Oregon – Rivoli Theatre – Donna Darling Review with Sammy Clark – Genealogy Bank

November 12-13, 1926 – Olympia, Washington – Liberty Theater – Donna Darling Revue – Genealogy Bank

November 16-17, 1926 – Aberdeen, Washington – D & R Theater – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark (DDC).

November 24, 1926 – Anaconda, Montana – Broadway Theater – Donna Darling Revue Newspapers.com
November 26-27, 1926 – Great Falls, Montana – Grand Theater – Donna Darling Revue Newspapers.com
November 28, 1926 – Helena – Marlow Theater – Donna Darling Revue Newspapers.com
Between 25 and 30 November 1926, Butte, MT at the Broadway Theater. – Ref: DDC-20
NOV 27 1926 – HELENA, MT. Newspaper Archive

DEC 4 1926 – LACROSSE, WI., Newspaper Archive & 2.
December 12, 1926 – Dubuque, IA – Newspaper Archive

December 12-18 (?), 1916 – Donna and Sammy were in Chicago doing their Christmas Shopping.

December 19, 1926 – Detroit, Michigan – Colonial – Donna Darling Revue – Genealogy Bank – DDC
December 24-27, Rockford, Illinois – Palace Theater – Donna Darling Revue – Genealogy Bank

1927

January 2-3, 1927 – Des Moines, IA – Orpheum – Donna Darling Revue – Newspapers.com
JAN 13/14 1927 – DAVENPORT, IA. Newspaper Archive
January 13-14, 1927 – Moline, IL – Capitol – Donna Darling Revue – Newspapers.com
January 22, 1927 – Port Huron, MI – Majestic – Donna Darling Revue

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.

March 10-11, 1927 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Carolina Theatre – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark – Genealogy Bank
March 15, 1927 – Raleigh, North Carolina – State Theater – Donna Darling – Genealogy Bank
March 14-18, 1927 – Macon, Georgia – Grand – Donna Darling and Co. – Genealogy Bank
MAR 25/1927-DOTHAN, AL – Weekly Eagle https://newspaperarchive.com/dothan-weekly-eagle-mar-25-1927-p-2/

April 1-3, 1927 – Montgomery, Alabama – Grand Theater – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark,

April 7-10, 1927 – New Orleans, Louisiana – Palace – Donna Darling Revue – Genealogy Bank
APR 22/1927-FINDLEY, OH
April 24, 1927 – Detroit – Roosevelt Theater – Donna Darling Revue – Newspapers. com
APR 29/1927-NEWCASTLE, PA

APR 22/1927-FINDLEY, OH
APR 29/1927-NEWCASTLE, PA

According to Variety on

MAY 12-14, 1927 – WARREN, PA – Library Theatre – Donna Darling Revue – Newspapers.com
May 20-22, 1927 – Cleveland, Ohio – Hilliard Sq – Dona Darling//Donna Darling Revue – Genealogy Bank

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

July 3-6, 1927 – Springfield, Massachusetts – Palace – Donna Darling Revue – Genealogy Bank

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

1928

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

May 6-12, 1928 – Atlanta, Georgia – Capitol Theater – Darling & Clark – Newspapers.com

May 25, 1928 – Montgomery, Alabama – Grand – (Not on Subsequent Bill)

June 10-11, 1928 – Detroit – Oriental – Donna Darling & Sammy Clark “The Princess and the King” Newspapers.com

DEC 16-19, 1928 – FITCHBURG, MA – Lyric Fitchburg – Donna Darling & Sammy Clark “The Princess and the King” Newspapers.com – Genealogy Bank

1930

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

September or October  1930 – Terre Haute, Ind. – ( per the Fitchburg paper)

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)

Side investigations.

  • Lives of Alice Dean, Alice Eldridge, Dorothy Smith, Lola St. Clair, Helen Travisand, Marie Thompson, Adrian Wally, Bobby Tremaine, Tom Rooney, and Earl Lindsay. Ref: DDC-20.