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Kitty Doner; Male Impersonator in Vaudeville

September 03, 1988

Kitty Doner, 92, probably the last of the male impersonators who were popular in vaudeville in the 1920s. She was a headliner on the old Keith-Orpheum circuit and played the Palace and Winter Garden theaters in New York with Jack Benny and Al Jolson, respectively. In her day, girls and young women were frequently cast as boys in various musical productions. She retired in the early 1930s after appearing with her brother, Ted, in a touring company of "Lady Be Good," a musical which originated on Broadway and starred Fred and Adele Astaire. In Los Angeles on Aug. 26.

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