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Eva Tanguay: Topics in Chronicling America

In the early 20th century, Eva Tanguay earned top billing as Queen of Vaudeville for her bawdy performances. This guide provides access to materials related to "Eva Tanguay" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"Star of Zeigfeld revue at early stages of her career and now." April 11, 1910. The Washington Times (Washington, DC), Image 7. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

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!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


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.