Vesta Tilley

February 13, 2009 by: admin

Vesta TilleyBiography
Vesta Tilley (1864-15) was Britain’s most popular male impersonator and one of the country’s most successful music hall performers.

Born Matilda Alice Victoria Powers, she was the second of thirteen children fathered by an ex-factory worker who, using the name Harry Ball, presented his own comedy act in the halls and was a sometime theatre manager. No doubt encouraged by her father, she made her stage debut as a child singer and dancer when only three and a half. With her father as her manager, she was soon performing regularly, billed as

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