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Ada Reeve

1874 — 1966


When she retired at age 80, Miss Ada Reeve had been a singing comedienne’ for 75 years and a favorite on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Born into a minor show business family, she became the family meal ticket by the time she was six. She was a star in English music hall and American vaudeville, performing with a delicacy that set her apart from the rowdier soubrettes then popular.

Reeve became one of the first stars of the newly evolved theatrical form, musical comedy. She toured the USA four times and was considered a headliner in vaudeville. In her later years she became a character actor in films and on the stage.