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USPS Gov Doc: Women on Stamps Part Four- Women in the Performing Arts

The fourth of four fantastic Smithsonian National Postal Museum digital exhibits documenting women’s history through stamps!

Women on Stamps: Part 4 focuses on women that have made significant contributions to the performing arts.

image: The world of comedic acting was long dominated by male actors. However as the twentieth century progressed, exceptional female actresses began to break into comedic roles. Two women that significantly expanded the roles of women in comedy are Fanny Brice and Lucille Ball.

Fanny Brice (1891-1951) is one of the most outstanding early female comedians. Brice first achieved fame as a vaudeville actress, and then worked with the well known Ziegfeld Follies theatrical shows group. Brice’s most well known character is “Baby Snooks,” a self created character that was sneaky and cunning. In addition to her comedic career, Fanny Brice is also well known for the Broadway musical, Funny Girls, which was based on her life story. Because of her contributions to comedic acting, Fanny Brice remains an iconic female comedian to this day.

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    these have been awesome!
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