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Bessie Wynn

Bessie Wynn (June 1876 – July 8, 1968) was an American stage and vaudeville actress and singer. She was born in Chicago and sang in church choirs while growing up. At 23 in 1899 she first appeared in the chorus of Papa's Wife starring Anna Held. She continued on Broadway and ultimately appeared in two enormous hit plays The Wizard of Oz(1902) starring Anna Laughlin;, Babes in Toyland(1903-05) with William Norris and Mabel Barrison; and Wonderland in 1905. In 1907 she began appearing in Vaudeville and was a highly paid starrer for the Keith-Orpheum organization. She continued with Keith's in Vaudeville until Keith's folded in the 1930s. She then retired to her own chicken farm but came out of retirement in 1949 for a Palace Theater revival of Vaudeville programs.

As far as motion pictures she appeared in two news animated weeklys in 1913 and 1914. If she appeared for earlier film companies such as Edison, Lubin or Biograph she did so anonymously.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1876 (Chicago), Died January 1st, 1968

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 417 Not documented approximately Nov. 1910 If the wind had only blown the other way Bessie Wynn Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, lyricist  


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