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Category: Music Hall
Reference No: 2793
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Mona Vivian

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Yorkshire-born music hall star and revue artiste, probably most famous for her work in pantomime.

By the time she was four years old Vivian had appeared at the Hippodrome in Wakefield, and by the age of five years old she became very well known as “Wee Mona”. She became Principal girl in pantomime, and at the age of fifteen, Principal boy, appearing in Dick Whittington.

In the early days of the Great War, Vivian also began appearing in Music Hall, She was an excellent dancer, clog dancer, singer and yodeller, and was soon a star turn.

By the 1920s Vivian started showing up in revues, either touring on the Wylie-Tate circuit, or at the London Hippodrome.

Whatever else she was doing, every year she appeared in pantomime, at which she excelled.

During the 1920’s Mona was in constant employment, and worked with Wee Georgie Wood (who described her as one of his favourite Pantomime performers of all time), with Billy Merson, Dick Tubb, Lupino Lane, Barry Lupino and Wallace Lupino in various pantomimes and revues.

Her last stage appearance was in Goody Two Shoes during the 1931/2 season at the Prince's Theatre Manchester.

Around 1919 Vivian married a millionaire, J.Hilton Crowther, a woollen mill owner and the chairman of Leeds United Football Club.

This is a fine early vintage sepia postcard, with a Fielding of Leeds blindstamp. nicely signed in dark blue fountain pen ink across the image. The odd little surface mark (clearly visible on the scan), but in very good overall condition.