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John & Winnie Henning

John: 1886 — 1933

Winnie: 1882 — 1961

The Kill Kare Kouple, as John and Winnie Hennings were billed, was known as a ‘mixed double act’ (two people, one female, and one male). They played musical instruments, sang, danced and clowned, and were even booked in the number three spot on a bill at the Palace Theatre in 1915 and got glowing reviews. But the Hennings can’t be found in any history books about vaudeville [except the forthcoming Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, due in bookstores 2006].

John served the USA in the Great War. Their story is the uniquely their own, but in many particulars it is representative of the thousands of fine vaudeville acts who entertained from coast-to-coast and then had to contend with a new post-war world. Their story was written by their only daughter, Nancy Hennings Tomlin.