Eva Tanguay was the highest paid and most outrageous star of vaudeville’s golden age. Known for her ribald performances and imaginative costumes, she was once arrested for indecent dancing on stage. Read more about it!
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|1901||Eva Tanguay stars as Gabrielle Du Chalus in "My Lady" at the Victoria Theatre in New York.|
|1903||Tanguay stars as Phrosia in the New York production, The Chaperons.|
|1904||Tanguay stars in the play, The Blond in Black, as the lead character, Carlotta Dashington. Testament to her true “take me as I am” attitude, pens the song, her most famous hit, “I Don’t Care.” It is arguably her best hit.|
|1905 - 1906||Tanguay segues into vaudeville, where she earns up to $3,500 per week-long performance.|
|1908||Tanguay introduces her act, A Vision of Salome.|
|1909||Tanguay headlines F. Ziegfeld, Jr.’s Revue in the Follies of 1909.|
|1915 - 1918||Tanguay headlines at the famous "Palace" in New York, a well-known vaudeville theater.|
|1917||Tanguay stars in the silent movie, The Wild Girl, directed by Howard Estabrook and produced by Selznick Pictures.|