This blog by mikl-em (I played Sugarchurch) features Stuff about carnival sideshows, the 1800's to 1930’s, Vaudeville, clowns, freaks, silent film, or whatever else seems to fit.
Barbara Mullen in Vogue (1953). More on her below. not an umbrella. that’s a reference to another tumblr of mine: “Umbrelllas for D” aka brellaum. Anything that’s *not* an umbrella gets that tag & comment. Those are the exception, it’s mostly umbrellas you see. Because D loves umbrellas, and I love D!
Image above via hollyhocksandtulips: a consistently awesome blog, tip of the hat!
Now some amazing more about Barbara…
Mullen’s parents, Pat and Bridget, were from a fishing family on Inishmore island off the coast of Co. Clare, Ireland. The family had emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, where Mullen was born. She made her stage debut at the age of three as a dancer. When her father returned to Aran, becoming famous as the ‘Man of Aran’, in the classic documentary film by Robert Flaherty, her mother stayed in America to bring up the ten children. Mullen sang and danced in various theatres all over America, before crossing the Atlantic in 1934 and training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
At the age of 24, she wrote her autobiography, Life is my Adventure. A year later she made her London debut, acting the title role in the London West End production of Jeannie, a comedy about a Scottish girl taking a European holiday after coming into money. She became an overnight star.
Can we all give a round of applause to someone who writes her autobiography at 24, and then goes on to get crazy famous just after. Incredible story, gotta love it.