Donna Darling – Lincoln Theatre, Belleville, IL – 6 October 1925

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertisements regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited to find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.

This week from the Belleville Daily News-Democrat (Belleville, IL) newspaper dated 6 October 1925, I learned that Donna played at the Lincoln Theater in October 1925

Excellent Bill at the Lincoln

Ad for Donna Darling and Girls. 

… In Vaudeville are Meyer & Nolan in Lyrics of Laughter, Padgett & Harmon “Two Sunflowers from Dixie” and Donna Darling and girls in their “Song and Dance Revue.”

Also, the were display ads showing her bill.

Because of those newly available online articles at, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s exciting vaudeville career.

October 5-7, 1925 – Belleville, Illinois – Lincoln Theatre – Donna Darling & Girls in “Her Little Revue.”

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