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Eva Tanguay (August 1, 1879January 11, 1947) was a Canadian-born singer and entertainer who billed herself as "the girl who made vaudeville famous." Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... An entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Early life

Eva Tanguay was born in Quebec. Before she reached the age of six, her family moved from Quebec's Eastern Townships to Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her father died soon after. While still a child she developed an interest in the performing arts, making her first appearance on stage at the age of eight. With her parents' assistance, she pursued a show business career, working her way through a variety of amateur contests that eventually landed her a spot with a comedy troupe before making her vaudeville debut in New York city in 1904. This article is about the Canadian province. ... The Eastern Townships (in French les Cantons de lest) is a region in south central Quebec, lying between the Saint Lawrence River and the US border. ... See Holyoke, Colorado for the city in Colorado. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Although she possessed only an average voice, the enthusiasm with which the robust Eva Tanguay performed her suggestive songs soon made her an audience favorite. She went on to have a long-lasting vaudeville career and eventually commanded one of the highest salaries of any performer of the day earning as much as $3,500 a week at the height of her fame around 1910. [1] After seeing her perform, English poet and sexual revolutionary Aleister Crowley called Tanguay America's equivalent to Europe's music hall greats, Marie Lloyd of England and Yvette Guilbert of France. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947; the surname is pronounced // i. ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... Matilda Alice Victoria Wood (February 12, 1870 - October 7, 1922), was a British music-hall singer . ... Yvette Guilbert, born January 20, 1867 in Paris, France – died February 4, 1944 in Aix-en-Provence, was a music-hall singer and actress. ...

Eva Tanguay is remembered for brassy self-confident songs that symbolized the emancipated woman,` such as "It's All Been Done Before But Not the Way I Do It," "I Want Someone to Go Wild With Me," "Go As Far As You Like," and "That's Why They Call Me Tabasco." In showbiz circles, she was nicknamed the "I Don’t Care Girl," after her most famous song, "I Don’t Care." [[2]]

Tanguay spent lavishly on both publicity campaigns and costumes. One obituary notes that a "clever manager" told Tanguay early in her career that money made money, and she never forgot the lesson, buying huge ads at her own expense, and on one occasion allegedly spending twice her salary on publicity. [3] She also got her name in the papers for allegedly being kidnapped, allegedly having her jewels stolen, and getting fined $50 in Louisville, Kentucky for throwing a stagehand down a flight of stairs. Louisville redirects here. ...

Her costumes were as extravagant as her personality. In 1910, a year after the Lincoln penny was issued, Tanguay appeared on stage in a coat entirely covered in the new coins [4]. Other costumes included a dress covered in coral which weighed forty-five pounds and cost $2000, and a costume made of dollar bills. For the NBA basketball player with the nickname see Penny Hardaway A variety of low value coins, including an Irish 2p piece and many U.S. pennies. ...

Tanguay only made one recording ("I Don't Care") in 1922 for Nordskog Records. In addition to her singing career, she also starred in two film comedies that, despite the limitations of silent film, used the screen to capture her lusty stage vitality to its fullest. The first, titled Energetic Eva was made in 1916 and the following year she starred opposite Tom Moore in The Wild Girl. Nordskog Records was a small record label based in California in the early 1920s that produced some interesting historic recordings. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Thomas J. Moore (May 1, 1883 - February 12, 1955) was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. ...

Tanguay was said to have lost more than $2 million in the Wall Street crash of 1929. [5] Crowd gathering on Wall Street. ...

In the 1930s, Tanguay retired from show business. Cataracts caused her to lose her sight, but Sophie Tucker, a friend from vaudeville days, paid for the operation that restored her vision. [6] Sophie Tucker, 1917 Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1884 - February 9, 1966) was a singer and comedian, one of the most popular United States entertainers of the first third of the 20th century. ...

At the time of her death, Tanguay was working on her autobiography, to be titled "Up and Down the Ladder." Three excerpts from the autobiography were published in Hearst newspapers in 1946 and 1947.

Eva Tanguay died in 1947 in Hollywood where she was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. ... Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of the City of Los Angeles, California. ...

In 1953 Mitzi Gaynor portrayed Eva Tanguay in a fictionalized version of her life in the Hollywood motion picture, The I Don't Care Girl. Mitzi Gaynor (born September 4, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, although some sources indicate 1930) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ...


Eva Tanguay married three times. She divorced her first husband, a dancer named Tom Ford, in 1917. Her second marriage, to a vaudeville actor named Roscoe Ails, also ended in divorce. [7] In 1927, when she was 48, Tanguay had her third marriage, to 23 year old pianist Alexander Booke, annulled on the grounds of fraud. Tanguay claimed that he had two other names which he used so frequently that she was not sure which one was real. [8]


1. McLean, Albert F., American Vaudeville as Ritual (Univ. of Ky. Press, 1965), p. 54
2. http://www.musicals101.com/lyidontcare.htm
3. Obituary, New York Herald Tribune, January 12, 1947
4. Gilbert, Douglas, American Vaudeville: Its Life and Times (Dover Publications 1940), p. 329. ISBN 486-20999-7
5. Silverman, Sime, "Eva Tanguay," Variety, September 24, 1910
6. Barry, Ed, "Eva Tanguay - 'I Don't Care' Girl - Slips Away, Taking An Era With Her," Variety, January 15, 1947
7. Ibid.
8. Ibid.
9. "Eva Tanguay Seeks Marriage Annulment," New York Times, October 9, 1927

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Eva’s costumes, like this feathered wonder from 1921, were quite often as flamboyant as her personality.
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