Donna & Sammy at the Hall Theater, Columbia, MO, 25 Aug 1926.

Donna in the News
97 Years Ago
by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” reports 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 Columbia Missourian (Columbia, MO) dated 25 Aug 1926, I learned that the “ Donna Darling Revue” played in Columbia, MO, in 1926. Also, her husband, Sammy Clark – the Juvenile Comic, played.

Image of an ad showing Sammy Clark and Donna Darling playing at the Hall theater on 25 August 1926.

Columbia Missourian, 25 Aug 1926, via

I reviewed the Columbia Missourian for articles about Donna and Sammy but found nothing except advertisements for their show. They began on August 25th, 1926, and played for two days.

Because of those newly available online articles, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s exciting vaudeville career: August 25-26, 1926 – Hall Theater, Columbia, MO – “Donna Darling Revue.”


My thanks to for providing access to this clipping.

Genealogy, Vaudeville, Hall_Theater, Columbia_MO




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