Friday, December 19, 2008

Mae West: Flo Bert

In "The Mimic World of 1921" MAE WEST was cast as Flo Bert — — and the actor-singer Cliff Edwards was cast as Flo's husband El Brendel.
• • Born in Pennsylvania in the month of December, Flo Bert [2 December 1898 — 8 April 1981] was a popular white vaudeville headliner, touring both as a solo act and in partnership with her husband, the Swedish-dialect comedian El Brendel [1890 — 1964].
• • The team began playing the lesser New York–area vaudeville houses around 1918.
• • By the mid-1920s, these married vaudevillians were a featured act at Manhattan's Hippodrome on Sixth Avenue as well as on many other stages in the legit. They also appeared in the New York productions of "Cinderella on Broadway: A Fantasy of the Great White Way" at the Winter Garden [1920] and in "The Mimic World of 1921" at the Century Promenade near Central Park. Alas, the Internet Broadway db misspelt the actress's name as "Flo Burt."
• • Together, Flo and Elmer made one Vitaphone short in 1929.
• • Flo Bert played a showgirl in the motion picture "I'm from Arkansas" (1944).
• • Flo Bert resurfaced again in the 1950s with small character roles in such films as "Laffing Time" and "The She-Creature."

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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1921 • •
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