Donna & Family Theater In the News – 1925

Donna Darling at Family Theatre, Lafayette, IN, February 26-28, 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 when I find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s. 

This week from the Purdue Exponent (Lafayette, IN) newspaper dated 25 February 1925, I learned that Donna and her “Hollywood Revue of Motion Picture Bathing Girls played at the Family Theatre for three days.

Image of ad for the Hollywood Revue of Motion Picture Bathing Girls.

Purdue Exponent – 25 Feb 2022, Page 2

While looking for one of the beauties in Donna’s show (Clarice Allyn), I found several articles in the Purdue Exponent that advertised Donna’s show.

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

New information added to her career list:

February 26-28, 1925 – Lafayette, IN – Family Theatre – “Motion Picture Bathing Girls.”


I thank Purdue University for making back issues of The Purdue Exponent available online.

Social Posting: 98 years ago, my grandmother, “Donna Darling,” was in the news for her “Motion Picture Bathing Girls” showing at the Family Theatre in Lafayette, IN. #Genealogy #Vaudeville #InTheNews


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