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Vesta Victoria

1873 – 1951


The little lass from England was the highest paid vaudeville performer in the USA around the turn of the Twentieth Century. Like Alice Lloyd and Albert Chevalier, she was one of the stars of the British music-halls who became very successful in the former colonies. Vesta was born into a music-hall family and found fame as a child performer. Her métier was the comic song. As she grew from child star to adult and to older woman the songs she sang were chosen to suit her age rather than some fixed, timeless image. Her material was often salty:

“Once we played truant just for fun

But it didn’t matter, so to speak.

For I learnt more from Billy on the day we stayed away

Than teacher could have taught me in a week!”